Claudia: Coffee & Brunch BCN
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Barcelona, etc.
My name is Claudia and I am Italian. I was born in Sardinia but I left the island 12 years ago. The opportunity was an Erasmus exchange and after which I moved around for 8 years every few months to work and study in different cities in Europe. When I graduated, I moved one year to Australia and ended up in Barcelona four years ago, thinking at first I wouldn’t like the city…
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I came up with the idea of my blog in October 2012, after a month trip in California, when I had no job in Barcelona. I was going to start a course about Community Management and the best way to really enjoy the course was with your own project. Few days after I was looking for a brunch place in Barcelona and it took me a while to find some information online. Adding one thought to the other, I came up with the only blog about brunch in Barcelona.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I would say the page where I write about the mobile APP. This makes me very proud!
Tell us about the ways your new life in Barcelona differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
When I arrived in Barcelona I had already experienced the life in Spain before and also in other countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Australia. I was already used to new circumstances and different cultures. Nevertheless, I didn’t expect the Catalan culture to be so different than the Spanish culture I had experienced in Zaragoza.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Barcelona? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I wasn’t prepared at all! A friend of mine who was living in Barcelona convinced me that I’d love the city. I wasn’t sure because the previous times I visited the city I had the idea it was too big and chaotic… until I came here and I was able to move around the city easily by biking!
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
The one I have off the top of my head it’s far to embarrassing to share so publicly… but the first days, when I was still wandering with my map, I was offended by the fact that nobody was stopping voluntarily to help me out, which was something very common in Australia.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Barcelona?
- Be prepare for some crazy eating time
- Experience the life in every neighborhood before you decide where you want to live
- Do you know the word bureaucracy?
How is the expat community in Barcelona? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
I always say there are two different big Barcelonas, the Catalan and the expat one! It took me two years to find Catalan friends (a record in my expat experience)!!! Of course it’s something related to your job as well. I started working in a multinational company, which means I was surrounded by expats!
How would you summarize your expat life in Barcelona in a single, catchy sentence?
I was patient enough and Barcelona finally opened up to me.