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I will stay here for at least three years. I really want to. Because I did a lot to be here, and it was not easy, so I want to enjoy it.
I come from Moscow, Russia. It was not an easy decision for me. Barcelona is a new country, a new lifestyle, a new climate; because I was born in the north of Russia, it is not easy to live here. But I’m enjoying it so far.
Since I’m working from home, it’s really important to live in a cool space: with a big window and balcony, in the center of the city, and with all the essential things inside. I don’t want to think about which machine I need to buy or what things I need to do… that’s why I prefer Badi.
I like time alone, because I’m an introvert. I like a street that’s only for pedestrians near Casa Terra. I love that in Barcelona they have benches only for one person, and I love sitting with a book or a podcast and just looking at people and their lives and thinking that we are all the same.
Moving abroad I learnt to always follow my own plan, but be open to something new. Because everything outside can change. But if I have a plan, I just need to follow it and not be triggered by other situations. Doing the right things day by day, year by year until I get my results. So this is my advice: Don’t be afraid to find something new and challenge yourself.
I come from Switzerland. I had several reasons to move. It was a dream of mine since I was a child to live in Spain and I finally found a job here, in a company from Barcelona.
For me, what I look for when starting a new life abroad, Is that the city is multicultural. That I can connect really fast to people, and that there are different possibilities to be active; to go out of the city and have a hike. I love hiking.
When moving abroad, be patient, of course! Because it is a totally different culture. In Switzerland I was very structured. I had to be punctual. I worked too much, then I went to the gym, home, read a book, did a little meditation and then went to bed. and then the next day the same. Here you never know what might come in the evening, and that makes life much more exciting.
In the beginning my safe space was the terrace at casa Mercat, now it’s the beach, but in the morning, during sunrise. Or the Greek Theatre in Montjuic. It is so powerful. I didn’t think that at the beginning, but when you are there you really feel the history of the place and it really calms you down.
If I had to give any advice, I’d say “Go, do it”. And if you fail, it’s ok to stand up again, you are not the only one who has gone abroad. Go out of your comfort zone, see new perspectives, feel alive. Because at any time you can go home. And that is a good thing.
Everything has a reason. Since I was a child I wanted to live in Spain and every time I thought, “I have to work in Switzerland, I have to earn more money…” And finally, last year I had a car accident, and at that moment I realized that the work that I had was not the right one for me, and that got me thinking about going abroad.
After a while I left my job there and found a new one in Barcelona in just 2 weeks. It was a sign. Therefore I say: Live your dream. I know it is simple to say but hard to do. In the end you are the main character of your movie, you are the writer of your story, and you are the only one who can write it. Nobody else.
Hola! I am Yasha, a UX designer and adventurer extraordinaire, who traded the hustle and bustle of India for the colourful, lively city of Barcelona. Having lived in this magnificent city for four years, Barcelona is my second home and I’ve immersed myself in all its beauty and charm.
For the first few years, (even today sometimes) I spent days exploring the narrow alleyways of the Gothic Quarter, strolling through the picturesque streets of El Raval and marveling at the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudi. The vibrant energy of the city never ceases to amaze me, and I often find myself lost in this hypnotic rhythm.
As a UX designer, I am constantly inspired by the city’s creativity, beautiful people and innovation. I am not just a designer, but also a proud resident of the city and a ‘self-proclaimed tour guide for friends’ here. I enjoy sharing my insider knowledge of the best local haunts with visitors, from the best places to savour tapas and drinks, to the most picturesque spots to watch the sunset. I take great pleasure in helping others discover the hidden gems that make Barcelona so special.
Beyond design and city life, I am also an adventurous soul who loves to travel, hike, and explore new cultures. Combine all of these great experiences with amazing friends I made living in Badi, I can’t wait to see what we will conquer next.
Well, I’m from Germany. I decided that I wanted to come to Spain because I’m working remotely due to Corona and I have the opportunity to work in a city where it’s actually warm and nice and I thought, okay, well, why not go to Spain and just check it out. It’s very nice, very kind people, good food and that’s when we came to Badi. We found these nice flats with co-living format that seemed like a really good option for me. I have my privacy but I can get in contact with other people right away.
My girlfriend works at a German school here so we could share a room and we had really nice housemates so far. Amazing. I do lots of sports and here in Barcelona you have many options. I feel this city embraced me and I embraced the city.
I would say it’s really easy to get in contact with other people. With English you can talk with almost everyone but I recommend learning some Spanish. It’s way more fun to communicate with shop owners in the local language.
My plan is to finish my studies and start teaching. Probably I’ll go back to Germany and live there with my girlfriend. I can always come back here with Badi as it’s really easy to book whether it is for 1 or 10 months.
I’m from Berlin, Germany. I had several problems when I first came here. I spent literally hours trying to find a new place. I already knew Badi because I heard about you a few years ago in Germany back when you were doing street marketing in Berlin. When I first saw the apartment my girlfriend was like, is it real? are you sure? I was super lucky finding this place.
I finished my Erasmus last semester in Scotland and now I’m visiting my girlfriend who is from Barcelona… Spanish girlfriend, that’s right, amazing. What I enjoy the most is specially the area, super spacious streets, lots of restaurants, the beach, the gym 1 minute away…I n Berlin you need to take the train or the bus, here almost everything is walking distance, today it’s Valentine’s Day and I can buy flowers over there.
My girlfriend has her own place and that’s why I’m sharing my apartment with Kesia, my housemate. When I first came here I didn’t know anybody from Barcelona so I decided to just go and knock on my housemates’ doors.
The funny story was the first day I moved in I used the staircase, I saw that the apartment was real, the room was legit so then I came back to my old apartment, packed my things and then came back with my stuff. I went to the 2nd floor using the elevator, went up, then left and my entrance code wasn’t working. I tried several times and then someone opened the door, it was Katie: Who are you? I thought this was my place! <laugh>. Basically my apartment was on another floor but that is how I met Katie. We have been hanging out since then with Katie and her boyfriend. The best part of Badi is that everyone is here for longer so you can meet new people that are not going to stay only for one night like an Airbnb.
I am studying business. I love going to the beach and my girlfriend is like “no please, not again!” But you know…I’m from Berlin, we are not used to this. I guess locals don’t appreciate this freaking nice weather as we do. I play tennis, I go hiking, I like trying out and exploring new things and places. We also went to Gran Canaria, my first Spanish Island, it was amazing.
In the future I’d like to stay true to myself, be who I am. I’m not sure yet where I will be in 5-10 years, you never know and I’m okay with that. For me it is all about the people and the connections I make.
I am Mexican and I studied international business. I’ve always had the desire to do a Master’s degree and finally decided to pursue it. My first choice was Madrid, but in the end, I had to postpone the Master’s and I came to Barcelona. I am currently studying a postgraduate course in supply chain to later continue with the Master’s in Madrid. Studying logistics suits my personality; I am an organized person who likes to plan and understand how things work.
I arrived in Barcelona at the beginning of January, and I love it here. I had visited as a tourist before, but it’s not the same. I didn’t remember it being so international. It’s a comfortable city, and there are always activities to do. I’m really happy to be here.
I enjoy exercising, going out with friends and travelling to new places, even if they are not cities. They can be new restaurants or places to explore. I have my list of places in Barcelona, and people always ask me for recommendations <laughs>.
I was determined to rent an apartment on my own and I used Badi to rent a room while I looked for an entire apartment but I finally decided to stay. Badi takes care of everything, including cleaning, and you don’t have to worry about any bureaucratic issues. I feel like I’ve gotten along very well with my housemates. We each do our own thing, but the coexistence is great, respectful, normal, and I love the decoration. Every time I show the apartment or invite someone over, they comment on how great the decoration is. I would recommend it 100%.
I see myself with my Master’s degree completed, working in something that I’m passionate about in the world of planning, something related to organising and planning <laughs>. I want to start a family and see the world.
I arrived in Barcelona during the pandemic. My office in Washington DC closed down and I came here for remote work, of course I stayed.
I’ve been working as an economist for the World Bank for 6 years. I was born in Puerto Rico and I lived there until I was 25 when I decided to study in the University of New York, and then went to Johns Hopkins in Washington to study public policy.
I’ve always been interested in social justice, poverty…everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve seen people impacted by the lack of access to jobs, the lack of access to basic services and injustice. My mother is a single mum who raised me and my siblings, I know what it is. I’ve always been passionate about helping people in need. Usually, when I finish work, I think: today I made an impact and I was able to help someone.
The lockdown was tough and I needed a change. I had the opportunity to come to Barcelona to attend a data science bootcamp that my company paid for during the pandemic. I met people, made friends, and decided to stay.
During my first phase here, I used Airbnb, but when I knew I was going to stay indefinitely, I discovered Badi. The experience is different. I’ve really been able to meet new people and have a mid-term rental agreement with Badi, and I’ve gotten to know the Badi team.
I’ve met someone and now we’re moving to a new Badi studio with my partner and my dog. In a few years, I would like to continue working in something that has a positive impact, and if possible in Barcelona, I want to balance work and my personal life in this beautiful city.
I left Russia some months ago… Barcelona was my dream destination, it’s like a hidden gem. I came for a 2 week trip and now I’m here indefinitely. I’m spending 4 hours everyday learning spanish..no bueno yet but Improving. I’m really into the specialty coffee industry and Barcelona thankfully is a great destination for coffee lovers and a great way to meet new people.
I’ve been working as a Marketing specialist, my life is built around connecting brands and people. I’m trying to implement my skills here in Barcelona, I’m building my personal brand.
I’ve tried to picture my future self in the past but somehow all my plans were not going the way I planned them. So, if you asked me 2 or 3 years ago, would you end up living in Barcelona? I’d probably say wait, What? Why?
Currently I’m building from scratch my agency in this lovely city, focused on my career and creating meaningful connections.
Honestly, I don’t have a super inspirational answer as to why I came to Barcelona. I’ve just always dreamt of living by the sea and staying somewhere where the sun (almost) always shines and the people are friendly and welcoming, a place with awesome food and even better beer (bear in mind I say this as a German!). I love exploring Barcelona’s charming neighborhoods and soaking up the sun. Working remotely from here has been amazing. The warm weather, friendly people, and delicious food make it a great place to live and work.
I work in the field of open banking, which essentially means we are exploring new ways to make banking more accessible and convenient for everyone. It’s a bit like being part of a startup, always looking for new and better ways to serve our clients. I love being part of a team that’s pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of finance. Even though I’m not physically in the office, I still feel like I’m part of the team.
In my free time, I’m into sports, especially yoga, bouldering, and running by the sea. I love doing these activities with my friends, so it’s always fun and lively. But when I’m not working out, you can probably find me at a café, reading a book, or hanging out with friends while enjoying some delicious food. I’m also trying to learn Spanish, which is quite challenging, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it, even if having full-blown conversations is still quite tricky for me.
I’m super happy to have found Badi as I’ve felt at home the minute I set foot into the apartment. My previous experience with renting in Barcelona was a nightmare, but Badi has made my life so easy. It feels like a real community, where everyone is friendly and always willing to help. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a home away from home.
As for the future, I’m not one to plan things out too much. I want to live close to the sea, which is something I don’t want to miss anymore. Maybe one day, I’ll even open up my own little café. Who knows? But for now, I’m just taking things as they come.