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Catalan Culture 2004 Class Blog

miércoles, diciembre 03, 2003

Assignment 2: Ask at least 3 people about the differences between Catalonia and Spain.

The first boy I asked:
Immediately when I asked him this question he siad to me that the language is different, of course in Catalonie they speak Catalan and in Spain they speak Spanish/ Castellano.
He already said that he found the people in Spain more free and more open when they meet and speak to some one. He found the Catalan people more ´closed´ mind.
At last he said about the customer service here in Catalonia is really, really bad compared to the rest of Spain.

The second girl I asked
She said that here in Catalonia the people on the highway have to pay more money, more toll compared to the rest of Spain, I don´t know if this is really important, but I want to mentioned it, because she told me that.
She also said that Catalan people are looking after their money a lot, more then people from the rest of Spain. She said that this was really important and that is why I want to highlight this.
In the behaviour she said to me that the following differences are presented:
-The catalan people are more closed mind
-The catalan people are more colder then the south of Spain
-The catalan people are more serious
-The catalan people are more silence, the people in South Spain are screaming and making a lot of noice the whole time
-And at least if you know the catalan people better and better they are more open and you can have a good relationship with them, they become really good friends, if they trust you.

The tirth boy I asked
He was telling me some of the same things the other two persons answered about the behaviour of the catalan people compared to Spain, I don´t think it is any use to repeat this. So I asked him something about how Catalania developed, why is it a seperate part fro the rest of Spain. He told me that was because of Franco, during the Francoregime Spain banned this part (now Catalonia), so the rest of Spain could be really rich, have power and be nationalistic. But now he told me that because of the tourism most Catalan people earn a lot of money, but they have to pay a lot of money to the government later. He told me that some of the Catalan people became really nationalistic because of all this.

by Kiki

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