Interview with Leonid Burghaus
18-24 years old
German, Spanish, English, Catalan and Italian
Trainer and Quality analyst
Introducing leonid burghaus, a german expat in Barcelona.
Why did you choose to relocate to Barcelona?
Since the first time I visited Barcelona, it was always a goal for me to live there. The city has an amazing atmosphere which I love, so when I had to decide where to study, Barcelona was my top choice.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced after your relocation?
Finding a good place to live has not been easy so far.
What do you love the most about Barcelona?
Probably the amount of good restaurants and nice food.
What do you miss the most about home?
Growing up in Mallorca I was always spoilt for choice for beaches and having nice beaches that are close to home is something you don't get in Barcelona.
How does the cost of living in Barcelona compare to back home?
It is more expensive, which I was expecting because I come from a town where everything is usually very cheap. Rent is getting more and more expensive every year in Barcelona (but I suppose it does in most places to be fair).
How did you meet your main community of friends?
At work I've met the most amazing people.
How did you find the job seeking process?
I wasn't looking for a specific job, so I don't know how the job seeking process is if you already have a defined career path. For me as a student, I've come across some interesting job offers and didn't find it particularly difficult, but of course it's not the easiest process.
Do you use your native language at work?
Yes, but I speak other languages too.
If you could give one piece of advice to future expats in Barcelona, what would it be?
There are many opportunities to do sports, and trying new sports out; use them! Not only because you're going to get to know a lot of new people, but you'll see the city and the spanish culture with different eyes.