Fun Facts

  • My name is Antoni, a familiar name in Catalonia and Poland. Yes, your autocorrect function is wrong: it’s not Anton, Anthony, Antony, or Antonio.
  • I’m originally from Barcelona (Catalonia), but I’ve also been a resident of Galicia and Aragon (Spain) and Ireland. I relocated to the state of Illinois (USA) in 2016.
  • According to my parents (of blessed memory), the surname Maroto originated in the Balearic island of Mallorca. However, it may have arrived there from the Italian island of Sardinia.
  • My ancestry is essentially Mediterranean—mostly Iberian and Italian, with distant Balkan, Northern African, and Middle Eastern roots. DNA tests assume that I could also have British/Irish ancestry.
  • I’m Jewish, and my Hebrew name is אָמוֹץ חַיים (Amotz Chaim). Amotz means strong, brave. Chaim means life.
  • CT stands for “Certified Translator.” Only ATA-certified translators are entitled to use this designation after their full name.
  • Although English is not my mother tongue, it has been my primary language for years. Catalan is my native language, and Spanish is my first language.
  • At present, I’m studying Hebrew. I’ve taken French, Galician, German, and Russian in the past.
  • From 2003 through 2010, I was involved in several music projects, including Conde Orlok, which was featured in the book Music To Die For (Mercer, Mick; London: Cherry Red Books, 2009).
  • My favorite music band is The Smashing Pumpkins. You can check my Spotify to find more artists that I like to listen to.
  • I’m a big fan of these TV shows: AbFabArrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Golden GirlsGrace & Frankie, Insecure, Portlandia, Schitt’s Creek, She’s Gotta Have It, and Transparent.
  • In 2007, I became a vegetarian. My chief motive is compassion for animals. I’m also a bird watcher and former pet sitter.
  • My favorite restaurants in the Chicagoland area are Vegetarian Express, Native Foods, Chicago Diner, Lou Malnati’s, and Blind Faith Cafe. I love Italian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern cuisines most of all.
  • I’ve been an ex-smoker since 2014. I believe that the key to remaining smoke-free is to give up the control fantasy. The only way to conquer addiction is by cutting it entirely off.
  • Love is what admittedly brought me to America. After living in the Chicago neighborhoods of Lakeview and the Loop, I’m currently based in Evanston with my husband, Edgar Amaya.
  • Until 2018, I had a cat named Buster (of blessed memory), which came via a friend (and matchmaker): artist Lydia Lunch.
  • Hiking, skating, and biking are some of my favorite pastimes. I use a Citizen bike for long rides. For short rides and commuting purposes, I prefer to use Divvy.
  • I like stand-up comedians, such as Tiffany Haddish, Fred Armisen, Luenell, Fortune Feimster, Gilbert Gottfried, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, Larry David, Sommore, Maria Bamford, Moshe Kasher, and Tig Notaro.
  • To this day, I’ve never owned a car. However, I’ve had a driver license since 2001.
  • Some topics I like to check are meteorology, snow and ice extent, time zones, and astronomy.
  • The only social media where you’ll find me is LinkedIn. If you want to keep up with my content, please enter your email below and click subscribe:

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