Interview with Tristan Szesik
18-24 years old
German, English and Spanish
Introducing tristan szesik, a german expat in Barcelona.
Why did you choose to relocate to Barcelona?
I started my Master's degree in Sustainable Business and Innovation at EADA Business School in 2019 and I have recently completed it. I have loved Barcelona since my first visit in 2012 and from that moment, one of my goals was to live and work here.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced after your relocation?
Finding a job after I finished my studies.
What do you love the most about Barcelona?
I love the diversity! The people, the different areas and the possibility to climb Montjuic and having the beach on your door step at the same time.
What are the top 2 things on your bucket list whilst living in Barcelona?
Hike to Tibidabo and surf in front of the W Hotel.
What do you miss the most about home?
Structure and reliability.
How did you find the job seeking process?
Hard but I'm not giving up.
How does the work culture in Spain differ from your home country?
Everything is more "tranquillo".
How does the cost of living in Barcelona compare to back home?
I think it is more or less the same, however I feel that BCN is expensive in terms of rent.
How did you find a place to live?
Friends and online platforms such as Idealista and Badi.
Did you find the paperwork difficult to manage?
Yes definitely, and it is always such a long process.
If you could give one piece of advice to future expats in Barcelona, what would it be?
Prepare everything for your NIE from home before you arrive in Barcelona.