David Forbes, after completing a BSocSc in International Studies and Political Science at Birmingham University and working at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and Brussels, decided to settle down in Barcelona. It’s been seven years so far!
1. What’s the thing you like the most about Barcelona? You can go to a disco in jeans and trainers. It's just so much more laid back than in the UK. What else? The weather, eating late and all that. To be specific about Barcelona, I would say going to the Boqueria and having gambas or navajas for lunch!
2. And the thing you like the least? Civil servants, people who think Barcelona is the centre of the universe, the Sardana (what is it for?)
3. Do you miss anything from home? Decent TV and parks with open green spaces. The beach is great but not so good for strolling, walking your dog, playing football, etc.
4. Can you recommend a Welsh film? Twin Town. Not because it's a masterpiece, but it's funny and describes my home town of Swansea and its inhabitants perfectly.
5. Can you recommend a Welsh book? Dylan Thomas and Under Milk Wood if you want a literary/comic insight into Swansea and Wales in general. A book I've enjoyed recently was a biography of Samuel Pepys by Claire Tomalin. He was a civil servant during the English Civil War in the 17th century. It might sound a little highbrow, but it's full of sex, dirt, scandal and violence and makes a very interesting period easy to understand.
6. Can you recommend a Welsh music band? My favourite welsh band is the Super Furry Animals. People say Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are good, with Welsh lyrics too.
7. What’s your favourite spot in Barcelona? There's too many. Probably the beach, Bogatell on a summer weekday evening with not many people around.
8. Do you do something here that you couldn’t possibly do at home? Walk everywhere I want. Eat pimientos del padrón!
9. Is there anything you did back at home that you can’t possibly do now? Play golf occasionally and not pay a month's salary for the pleasure.
10. Any tip for someone from Wales wishing to settle down in Barna? And, any tip for a person from Barcelona wishing to visit Wales? If you want to learn the language, don't live with other English speakers and don't teach English! Loads of other employers could give you a job even if it's only temporarily. As for barceloneses going to Swansea and you're homesick, go and see the football team. Half of them are your compatriots.
Thank you for the interview, David!