TMBA 284: Why Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Spain this Summer

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Not all of us came out of the womb wanting to start a business. Some of us were attracted to the personal agency and the freedom of being an entrepreneur. This week’s guests all have a few things in common. They all had this similar dream of the freedom that comes from quitting their jobs and starting their own businesses, and all three of them have chosen Spain as their home for that journey this summer. Barcelona has recently become kind of a hotbed for the entrepreneurial community. I reached out to Chris Reynolds, Cristina Ansbjerg and Robert Brandl to get some insider info about what it’s like to live in the country and why they have all fallen in love with it.

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • The basic layout of Barcelona and how it works.
  • The differences between Madrid and Barcelona.
  • How difficult it really is to live in Spain when you don’t speak Spanish.
  • How the unemployment rate in Spain affects day to day life.
  • What it really costs to live in Barcelona.
  • How to tackle the VISA situation if you plan on staying long term.

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Dan & Ian

Published on 03.05.15
  • Hey Cliff. Eras., I agree with Robert and Dan. In Barcelona everyone will speak Castellano with you. Although, coming back from a vacation there a month ago, I notice the Catalan is being pushed more actively, in some instances the resilient Catalans just won´t budge, even more the case the further you venture out to the Catalan regions (which I strongly recommend you visit). It´s not common, but it´s happened to me this time around at a couple of places. Also, the cost of accommodation has pretty much doubled since I left, with all the B&B´s that the internet brought in, be aware.

    It´great that your Castellano is good, definitely go into Barcelona, 5 months will no doubt improve you simply by every day practice and polish. Nothing like immersion. Enjoy!

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