Curator #66: Anna Rofes

AnnaRofesBlogHi!

My name is Anna Rofes and I am 40 years old. In twitter I am @viureaestocolm (in Catalan, “livinginstockolm”, soon you will understand why I choose that name). I was born and grew up in Barcelona. However, I travelled a lot from early age, since my mother is French and half my family lived in France. I learned to speak in both French and Catalan in addition to Spanish. I guess this is one of the reasons why I’ve always been interested in languages, although my English is now quite oxidised.
In Barcelona I lived very close to the amazing Park Güell designed by Gaudí and went to a school situated just in front of its main entrance. The Park used to be our school’s playground back then, when there were not so many tourists as there are now.
I studied Law at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I graduated in 1998 but before that I was lucky to be an exchange student within the Erasmus program. I chose Uppsala University, in Sweden, the country where I live now.
I guess you are wondering why I changed the beautiful and sunny Barcelona for Sweden. And the answer is: because I felt in love with a Swede. We are now married and have two wonderful daughters. We live in Stockholm, and even thought is not as pretty as my hometown, and definitely not as sunny (!), I enjoy living here very much! Sweden is a wonderful country, especially when one likes nature and outdoors activities as I do.
But let’s rewind a little bit… When I moved to Sweden back in 1998 I had to learn Swedish and I had to find a job. Unfortunately, it was not so easy to get something related to law but I didn’t really mind. I worked first at the Spanish Tourist Office and later on at the Catalan Tourism Board in Stockholm.
Some years later I began to work in a secondary school, as a Spanish teacher and at the same time I continued to study to get a teaching degree. Then I decided to study a Master degree in literature and I taught Spanish literature at the University. Now I am back to secondary school, teaching Spanish to Swedish pupils and teaching Swedish to boys and girls that have only being in Sweden for a short period of time. It is an amazing job, each day different from the other. I must say that I learn a lot from my pupils too!
In addition, I’ve been teaching Catalan for some of the Catalan community’s children in Stockholm.
If anybody had said to me that I would end up living in Sweden and being a teacher I would have thought they were mad. But here I am, being part of our transcultural world and enjoying it!
During this week I will try to give you an idea of how it is like to be a Catalan in Sweden.

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