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This is a very interesting question!
Catalan colonization of Alghero in the XIV century left a huge mark and contributed in large part to create the identity and the charm of the city we know and love today. Catalan is widely used in Alghero and it’s officially considered as one of Sardinia’s minor languages: it was (and is) used only within the city, while people living in the surroundings kept speaking Sardinian.
Aragonese domination also left a lot of influences which are now part of our identity: centuries of domination, plus centuries of commercial and cultural relationships before the domination, influenced our language (it’s very easy for a sardinian to learn Spanish), marked our land (tens of aragonese defense towers are still part of our coastal landscape) and our culture (for instance, religious rituals during the Holy Week show a lot of spanish influences, in some towns they even use that creepy KKK-like outfit XD).
I think sardinians visiting Spain today can still feel a strong connection. I definitely felt it, and I’ve been there A LOT (first as an erasmus student in Madrid, then several years living in Valencia).
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Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris.
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
do you ever really, truly love a city and you can’t explain it and you don’t really know why but you love every street, every building, every nook and cranny, and its map is engraved in your heart but also in the palm of your hand?
and you can’t bear the thought of having to live anywhere else or leaving it for more than a week because surely your heart will break?
i think that’s what it means to have a home.