When a  🇧🇪

whose mother tongue is  🇳🇱

and who’s married to an  🇮🇹

writes about languages in  🇬🇧

while living in  🇪🇸

Most people – if not almost all – who have Catalan as their native tongue are at least bilingual. I’d already be able to communicate with them in 🇪🇸🇫🇷🇮🇹. A language is so much more than a tool to get your message through to your conversation partner(s).

Smørrebrød. Hot summers. Freaking cold nights (in our tent) and Lego(land) of course (I was a tween at the time). That’s what immediately comes to mind when I think back to our Danish holidays in the early nighties.

Corona surprised this teacher out of work and while I had worked out a plan for my professional future before lockdown became our new (temporary) reality its implementation depended very much on the evolution of the situation in the place I call home since 2016: Spain’s bustling capital, Madrid (siesta 😴! fiesta 🥳!); though I spent most of 2020 in a small village south of Madrid called Ocaña.

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