My name is Montserrat (@montserrat_ruiz) and I’m a catalan teacher currently living in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). I was born in Tarragona and I grew up in Cunit, a little town at the south coast.
When I was 18 years old I started the university in Barcelona. First I studied Humanities at the UPF (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and I spent my fourth year with a Erasmus in South Italy, where I had a fantastic experience and I discovered the similitudes of the mediterranean culture. Then I went back to Catalonia and I finished my Graduate, but I missed my friends in South Italy, the italian «dolce vita», the food and the landscape. So I looked for a job there and I moved to Trani, a little town in Puglia.
After a year I came back to Catalonia again and I started my second graduate: Literature Theory at the UB (Universitat de Barcelona). Before I finished my second study I started to work as catalan teacher in a High School. Some months later I had a new job in another school and I moved to north Catalonia. First I lived in «la Garrotxa» and later in «el Pla de l’Estany». I spent there several years and I discovered my great passion: the mountain.
After a while I wanted to improve my career and my german knowledges. So I requested a post as Catalan Language Assistant at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. Since October 2011 I teach the Catalan Language and Culture to german students. It is a great experience, because in these years I could observe how the people change their perspective about Catalonia and the Independence Process. And, believe me, this is very relevant in a german context.
So, this week at @Catalanvoices, expect a lots of tweets about the Catalan Culture (Literature, Music, Language, Architecture, History, etc.), Mountains, Landscape and, of course, about the Catalan peaceful fight for the independence.
Finally, I would like to say that I am very glad to be a curator of @Catalanvoices and to make knowledge about my country and my culture out of my classroom at the university.
I hope you enjoy it!