S3, E3: Lisa & Juan – Living Between Cultures
January 20, 2020
Lisa and Juan are one of those marvelous bicultural couples who live between cultures, between countries, between lifestyles. Juan met Lisa because he was trying to keep up with his English. He was born and raised in Spain, while she was born in the UK and raised by an Italian mother and British father.
After several years together in Spain, they decided to pursue their teaching careers in the UK. The decision was easy at that point, since there were no kids involved yet. Having worked in several countries, Lisa and Juan tell us about their experience in the educational system in the UK, compared to the Spanish system, which is made up mainly of civil servants.
Being a bilingual couple living in the UK, they inevitably address the elephant in the room: Brexit. Are they planning on coming back to Spain or are they staying? Their mindset, as they see it, is to wait and see what happens. However, they find the situation painful, given their personal environment.
This is why Brexit hurts so much! I feel European. (Lisa, 16:34)
Luckily, as they are both teachers and have long vacations, they come to Spain as often as they can to visit friends and family. If you want to get to know them better, have a listen here.
Juan Sedeño Zamora grew up in central Spain, while his wife Lisa Porter was raised in the UK by an Italian mother and English father. In 2002, they met in Spain while teaching and studying foreign languages, then later decided to pursue their teaching careers in the UK. Currently, they are both teachers at Framlingham College in Suffolk. They return to Spain several times per year with their children to visit family and friends.