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No Regrets: A Life in Catalonia

Author(s): Dvora Treisman

Location(s): Barcelona, Catalonia, Figueres, Gerona, Tarragona

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue

Era(s): Present



In 1999, at the age of 52, Dvora Treisman flew off with her cat Pumpkin from the San Francisco airport to begin a new life in Barcelona. Since then she has moved to Tarragona, the small fishing village of L’Ametlla de Mar, and now lives in Figueres, Salvador Dali’s hometown near the French border.
Treisman tells stories about drunks peeing under her balcony in Barcelona, getting a Spanish driver’s license when she lived out in the middle of nowhere and had been driving illegally for ten years with a California license, the challenge of getting a Spanish divorce, and watching them dig up Salvador Dali from his grave when a local woman claimed she was his illegitimate daughter. She talks about festivals, human towers, ancient Templar castles, roman aquaducts, abandoned animals, and more, giving a rounded picture of Catalonia and its culture.

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