Hey y’all! My name is Bianca Guerrero. I’m eighteen years old, a native New Yorker, and a second-year student at Columbia University. I’m a football aficionado, a pretty terrible painter, an avid reader, and a huge catalònafila.
Over the past few years, I have fallen completely in love with Catalonia – its history, culture, language, and people. My relationship with the nation began with one of its most famous institutions – FC Barcelona. After falling in love with the club, its philosophy, and outrageously beautiful style of play (and – coughs — equally outrageously beautiful players), my investigative side urged me to learn more about Barça’s motto, “més que un club” and what is actually meant. I started to read about the city of Barcelona, Spain, its structure and troubled past, Catalonia, and the two nations’ tumultuous relationship. I picked up books, articles, journals, films and videos about the topic – anything to help me understand exactly what Catalonia is.
Thanks to the amazing opportunities offered by the Columbia University Scholars Program, I have been able to make the learning process more hands on. Earlier this summer I launched my own blog which documents my current research project, in which I interview Catalan independentists to see which personal, political, cultural, and economic factors have convinced them that a state separate from Spain is the only conceivable future for their nation. The project is still in the works but will be finished by September 2014. I’m excited to be this week’s curator and I hope to meet everyone’s expectations! Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram, and if of interest, subscribe to my blog by clicking the blue button on the left hand side.