Today there is an article in The Wall Street Journal about a couple that has moved from California to the Catalan town of Perelada. It is quite interesting to read the article because you see how people from other countries see the country where you live.
One of the things that surprises me is the difference between how people from abroad can see Catalonia and how Catalan people can see it. It is not that the things that are said in the article have no connection with reality. What happens is that what is narrated in the article just shows a little part of Catalonia: the wealthy part of Catalonia.
I remember some decades ago two have met two brothers from Paris who were working outside France. When I mentioned how beautiful was Paris then they told me that their vision was quite different. It is not the same to go on holidays to Paris than to work in a bad job in Paris and live in a banlieu of Paris.
I imagine that something similar happens to California. When you think to go to live in California you may imagine the houses of the celebrities and the beaches, etc. You just do not imagine just to go to California to work in a hard job and live in a no beautiful side of this American state.
Needless to say that life in Perelada is quite different than living in Barcelona. Anyway for anyone coming to Catalonia I will always tell to visit El Liceu.