Interview with Juul Oostenbrink
Introducing juul oostenbrink, A Dutch expat in Barcelona.
Why did you choose to relocate to Barcelona?
I always knew that I wanted to live in Spain some day, it didn’t really matter where. It was easy to find a job in Barcelona so that's the main reason I came.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced after your relocation?
The Catalan language and online systems are a challenge!
What do you love the most about Barcelona?
The beautiful streets which are always so full of character. There are so many highlights, the beach and stunning nature around the city are also a personal favourite.
If you could give one piece of advice to future expats in Barcelona, what would it be?
Don’t limit yourself to only the city. Go and explore!
Did you experience any particular elements of culture shock?
The Catalan language and the fact that compared to other Spanish people I’ve met, Catalans are quite reserved and closed off.
How did you meet your main community of friends?
International Facebook groups, work and going out for drinks.
Do you use your native language at work?
Now I have my own shop, Pachulí Interior & Lifestyle, I at least speak in Spanish. I'll learn Catalan as well at some point which will be even better!
How does the work culture in Spain differ from your home country?
The “Mañana mañana” attitude towards the Spanish work-life culture is really true.
How did you find a place to live?
Idealista and Facebook groups are the best.