Benvinguts catalans i/o catalanofils! After taking some time off from Catalan to study Italian last year, it looks like I'll be continuing els meus estudis en català next semester with an intermediate course at the university where I work. In the meantime, I hope to share a number of Catalan-related items such as this stirring homemade YouTube video put together by Ferran Cabrer (below). This production pairs an historic version of "Catalunya, comtat gran/Els Segadors," the "national hymn" of Catalunya here defiantly sung by Rafael Subirachs i Vila when Franco was still alive, with some recent video shot at the 12th-century Monestir de Sant Joan de les Abadesses in the comarca of Ripollès (near the French border and the Pyrenees on the map above). Hopefully the next time I visit Barcelona I can spare some time to make a road trip to this beautiful medieval monastery.