Interview with Nunu Roney
Introducing nunu roney, a british and swedish expat in Barcelona.
Why did you choose to relocate to Barcelona?
I wanted a change from living in London for 16 years, and I wanted a better climate and knew a few friends living in Barcelona.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced after your relocation?
I arrived in an economic crisis in Barcelona and to begin with it wasn't easy to find enough work. The language and culture differences were also difficult in the beginning.
What do you love the most about Barcelona?
The street life! The mix of people from around the world. The wine and food and Mediterranean life style, also how easy it is to get out and enjoy the Catalan nature.
If you could give one piece of advice to future expats in Barcelona, what would it be?
Read up on the Spanish/Catalan history, I wasn't aware when I moved here that half of the Catalan population want independence. Be patient with bureaucracy, paperwork takes time.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list whilst living in Barcelona?
1. Explore Montjuic and all its gardens and museums. 2. Wander in Raval and Gotico trying different wines and tapas. 3. Walk around Eixample seeing all the Modernista and Gaudi buildings.
What do you miss the most about home?
I miss the English humour and eccentric people!
What were the biggest adjustments you had to make when settling into life in Barcelona?
With working in the Wellness Industry I had to accept that Spain is at least 10 years behind in regards to education about self care and wellness/massage etc.
How did you meet your main community of friends?
Expat networks like BWN and through my Argentinian husband.