Ironically, I had to come all the way to Spain to experience an exhibition known as the Villa Lituania, which combines pigeon races, Soviet artyfacts, and angst over the non-return of Lithuania’s swanky pre-war embassy in Rome, still occupied by the diplomats of the Russian Federation.
A funny thing happened that I thought I had left the exhibition and entered one on Spanish post-war culture. Here were old movies of dark-haired women singing songs in some deeply Indo-European language. Was it Spanish? No. More like Portuguese, but, not quite. Hmm. Perhaps it was this mysterious Catalan they keep taking about, even though most people here say “gra>th<ias” instead of “si us plau”. Then it dawned on me. They weren’t Catalan. They were Lithuanian.
It must be a Catholic thing.