• Spain

    Camino Barcelona: Review of my experience in 2019

    When I think of Camino Barcelona, I think of the “school with heart”. Throughout the last 3 months here, in many ways it has come to feel like home. I have also experienced a number of situations that would test the school’s limits and flexibility, which is why I now feel licensed to write this review. So here I am – writing a review!   How I found Camino Barcelona I first started looking into Spanish language schools in July 2018. I was thinking about a move to Spain at the time, but wasn’t 100% sure I would do it and so was exploring my options. Originally, I was looking…

  • Relocation,  Spain

    Fluency in Spanish: The journey of a wannabe Spanish speaker

    I had an amazing epiphany this morning: Spanish is getting easier! It seems so insignificant and yet… for someone who is trying to learn a new language the road to fluency can be tough. My first steps towards learning Spanish started in December 2017. I had been dating my then Mexican boyfriend for a few months and we were planning my trip to Monterrey a little while later to visit him and the family. There was only one problem. His parents spoke no English and my Spanish consisted of little more than “hola”, “gracias” and “sombrero!”. Ay dios mio! Since I’m a pretty social person and I’m not one for awkward silences,…

  • Career,  Spain

    The day I quit my job to move to Spain

    I finally did it – I handed in my resignation. I can’t overemphasise how momentous this decision has been for me! When I first joined my company 4.5 years ago I truly believed I would stay with them for 20+ years. I know that may seem crazy to some, but a company the size of mine has a lot to offer. Offices located around the world, resources to support extensive travel and training, a well recognised name… I figured it had everything I needed to continuously grow myself personally and professionally for many years to come. Life had other plans though. After many months of turmoil, caused by large-scale restructuring,…

  • Relocation

    What to do when you have no idea what to do?

    I really don’t remember too many times in my life when I’ve felt completely at a loss on what to do next. I’ve always been the woman with a plan. Earlier this year, however, I found myself in that unusual position. I had absolutely no idea of what I wanted to do next and found myself in something of a crisis. Whenever I tried to talk about this issue with my friends, they would say things like: Trust yourself! You know what you want to do. You don’t need to have life all figured out… just go with the flow. I in turn would respond with: How do I do…

  • Relocation

    The ups and downs of the moving change curve

    Let me tell you… making the choice to quit my job and move to Spain has not been an easy one. This decision entails moving from a country with currently one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe (Czech Republic – 2.8%) to the second highest (Spain – 14.55%). And doing this without a job lined up or any meaningful business connections in the country to boot. It also means living off carefully accumulated savings from the past 3 years with no back up plan – at all. Not to mention, those savings were meant to fund a housing deposit in the near future. One of my larger life goals. It…