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    Catalunya Catalunya Presentation Transcript

    • Catalunya A funny intro
    • What do you know of Catalans?
      • http:// www.youtube.com / watch?v = xrwiquIaZkk
      The Catalan Borat
    • Poor PR in Southeastern Europe
      • Early 14th century: Catalan mercenaries had revenge on the assassination of their leader
      • They started killing and looting, almost across the whole region, that today is Greece, from Thrace and Macedonia to Thessaly and Central Greece. They settled and formed the Ducat of Neopatria.
      • The Catalan revenge and rule was so brutal, that until today, the word "Catalanos" or "Catelanos" is an insult in many regions of Greece. Similarly in Bulgaria, Albania...
    • Some basic data
      • Catalunya is a nation in the Spanish state
      • 4 provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona
      • Capital city is Barcelona
      • Area of 32.000 km²
      • Population of 7,5 million
    • Where we are
    • Catalan, our language
      • Used by 11 million Europeans in 4 states
      • 13th most used of EU languages
      • 10th in the editorial world
      • Studied at 108 universities in the world
    • Catalunya vs. Spain
      • Birthdate Age So...
      • Catalunya 988 1022 Catalunya is
      • not Spain
      • Spain 1492 518 Spain is an
      • artificial
      • state
      • The Catalan religion is called Barça, its Messiah is Guardiola (coach), and Messi (best player in the world) is its Holy Player
    • Latest fads for proving you are a Catalan patriot
      • A “CAT” EU sticker for license plates (or scratching out the “E”)
      • A donkey sticker of the unique Catalan donkey species (which is stupid, because in Catalan “donkey”, “burro”, means stupid)
      “ barretina”, our traditional hat, for traditional patriots like the Pope
    • National cuisine
      • Desert: “crema catalana”
      • • I proudly found it with this name in the menu of Italian restaurants
      • Sauce: “allioli”
      • Literally, “garlic and olive oil”; goes with everything you can get your teeth on, except sweets
      • Either eat it or stay away from those who have!
      • Do NOT accept cheap French imitations (the Spanish king lost Northern Catalunya to the French in the 18th century and we are still angry about it!)
      • Drinks:
      • “ ratafia”
        • Nasty herbs liquor made by grandmothers to whom you cannot say “no” when they offer it to you
      • “ cava”
        • Catalan sparkling wine, better than “champagne” (ok, enough French-bashing)
      • Drinking contraption: the “porró”
      • Please do try to drink from it and soil your shirt
      • Foods for adventurous palates:
      • snails, grilled rabbit showing its shape, sweet sausage, raw onions with salt, pig’s feet
        • Easy to spot and avoid in restaurant menus, not so when invited to someone’s home!
    • Do’s in communications with Catalans
      • Tell us you know that “Catalunya is not Spain”
      • Speak a few words in broken Catalan before saying you need to switch to English or (agghh!) Spanish
      • Women: kiss twice on the cheek when you are first introduced to male or female Catalans
      • Pretend to understand the Caganer* (shitting man) and Caga Tió (shitting log) traditions
      • Try snails at a Catalan restaurant
      • and say you like them
        • My favorite dish!!!!!
      * http:// www.youtube.com / watch?v = RTrzewFNlSk * http:// www.youtube.com / watch?v = RTrzewFNlSk
    • Don’ts in communications with Catalans
      • Do not wear a Real Madrid shirt in Catalunya!
        • will get nasty looks and people thinking of scratching your car
      • Do not say Catalan is a mixture of Spanish and French!
        • likely to get nasty replies about your own language
      • Do not ask if we like bullfighting!
        • it will be banned in Catalunya beginning 1/1/2011
      • Do not make any positive comments about the Spanish royal family!
        • we are 300% republican; the so-called “royals” are really parasites
      Who are these two men?
    • Top 10 reasons to come to Catalonia
      • 10. See Barça play!
      • 9. Food, food, food
      • 8. Wine, cava...
      • 7. The weather!
      • 6. The Pyrenees, the Costa Brava, Barcelona, Girona…
    • Watch Barça play!
    • Food, food...
    • Wine, cava...
    • The wheather!
    • Pyrenees, Costa Brava, Barcelona, Girona...
    • History, architec-ture, arts, culture
    • Catalan people
    • Visit Guillem!
      • 5. Architecture, the arts, history, culture…
      • 4. To party!
      • 3. Catalan men
      • 2. Catalan women
      • To visit Guillem!!