Making the Move to Barcelona as a Better Half

As couples and families, making the shared decision to move to another country and pursue further education triggers a mixture of feelings. From elation about the new adventure to anxiety about the unknown, it can be an emotional rollercoaster!

Below, six ESADE MBA Better Halves reflect on the realities of moving to Barcelona as a Better Half. We share the worries we had before moving, the things we brought (and miss!) from home, our most rewarding experiences in the city so far, and advice to future Better Halves making the move. We hope that these insights will help support incoming Better Halves and their families to have a positive experience in Barcelona.

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Reiko N.

Kobe, Japan

Q. What was your biggest worry about moving to Barcelona?

A. Language! (Spanish)

Q. What is one thing you wish you brought from home, but didn’t?

A. Japanese books.

Q. What is one thing you are glad you brought from home, because you can’t find it easily in Barcelona?

A. Japanese rice cooker.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your experience in Barcelona so far?

A. Communicating with people from all over the world and exchanging different perceptions.

Q. What advice would you give to a Better Half moving to Barcelona?

A. Don’t worry. Just come with what you can’t live without!

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Carolina T.

Bogotá, Colombia

Q. What was your biggest worry about moving to Barcelona?

A. That our budget wouldn’t be enough.

Q. What is one thing you wish you brought from home, but didn’t?

A. Nothing. Everything I need can be bought here.

Q. What is one thing you are glad you brought from home, because you can’t find it easily in Barcelona?

A. My husband. Seriously now, the feather comforter that kept us warm during the winter.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your experience in Barcelona so far?

A. Reading a book in a coffee shop, enjoying the food, and walking on the beach.

Q. What advice would you give to a Better Half moving to Barcelona?

A. Come with a plan to study or work, because arriving without a plan is difficult. Also, it helps to practice your hobby in Barcelona. Relax and enjoy!

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Yasuko N.

Tokyo, Japan

Q. What was your biggest worry about moving to Barcelona?

A. The biggest worry was childcare in this city.

Q. What is one thing you wish you brought from home, but didn’t?

A. Electric barbecue to make Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), Okonomiyaki etc.

Q. What is one thing you are glad you brought from home, because you can’t find it easily in Barcelona?

A. Japanese bowl for ramen.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your experience in Barcelona so far?

A. Enjoying Catalan culture and food.

Q. What advice would you give to a Better Half moving to Barcelona?

A. My biggest worry was gone immediately. I believe that Barcelona is one of the most child-friendly cities in the world. My advice is to bring books written in your mother language for your child. Please enjoy your daily life in this beautiful city with your family and friends!

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Fredelle Z.

Mexico City, Mexico

Q. What was your biggest worry about moving to Barcelona?

A. What I was going to do the whole day.

Q. What is one thing you wish you brought from home, but didn’t?

A. N/A

Q. What is one thing you are glad you brought from home, because you can’t find it easily in Barcelona?

A. My gym clothing and sneakers because exercise is important to me.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your experience in Barcelona so far?

A.  Meeting new people, living abroad, and the bond I have made with my husband.

Q. What advice would you give to a Better Half moving to Barcelona?

A. Find something to do that you love, and your experience will change. Be open to meeting new people, cultures, and lifestyles. Embrace every second of this experience because time flies.

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Taylor C.

Calgary, Canada

Q. What was your biggest worry about moving to Barcelona?

A. I had a few! I was worried about balancing my own career goals while supporting my partner’s, and about making new friends and finding a sense of community in Barcelona while maintaining my relationships at home.

Q. What is one thing you wish you brought from home, but didn’t?

A.  I wish I brought more warm clothes, especially my onesie pajamas! Being from Calgary, I assumed I would be warm all the time in Barcelona! However, during the cooler months, I missed the cozy items from my wardrobe that I left at home.

Q. What is one thing you are glad you brought from home, because you can’t find it easily in Barcelona?

A. Stick deodorant! Roll-on or spray-on deodorant is most popular in Spain, so when we had family come to visit, they brought us some of our favourite deodorant from home. It’s a small detail but makes a big difference since we use it every day.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your experience in Barcelona so far?

A. There have been so many rewarding elements of this experience so far. Barcelona is a beautiful city. Walking outside each day, there is always something stunning that strikes your eye, and that is inspiring. The city is walkable and I love that aspect of the lifestyle here. Meeting wonderful people from around the world has been a pleasure. Working on my own goals alongside my partner has also been rewarding, including finding a great company to work at as an English teacher and taking an online program of study.

Q. What advice would you give to a Better Half moving to Barcelona?

A. Reflect on what you need to feel like your best self, and set up structures that support you to be able to enjoy this experience fully! Be prepared to go outside of your comfort zone every once in a while and reach out to people if you start to feel lonely. There will be ups and downs but connecting with other people throughout makes it not only manageable, but fun.

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Luanda Sa

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Q. What was your biggest worry about moving to Barcelona?

A. Not being able to communicate well in Spanish with local people.

Q. What is one thing you wish you brought from home, but didn’t?

A. My job, as I had to resign to it in order to move here.

Q. What is one thing you are glad you brought from home, because you can’t find it easily in Barcelona?

A. I brought a decorative giraffe from my old apartment so that it would help me feel like home.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your experience in Barcelona so far?

A. Meeting so many great people and sharing great moments with them. I already imagined we would know a lot of other students and their partners but I could never think we would create such deep bonds.

Q. What advice would you give to a Better Half moving to Barcelona?

A. The experience is amazing and you will be able to participate in lots of activities organized to socialize and meet other people that are also new to the city or locals that will be more than happy to give you hints and advice about anything you need. Everybody is really nice and open to help you, and it is very likely that you will make great friends and some of them will be like your second family who will facilitate your stay and adaptation. Many of the MBA students come to Barcelona with their partners and kids, what creates a friendly and happy environment. In addition, Barcelona is a great city, with a rich culture and a nice weather that allows you always to take long walks through the city and appreciate its breathtaking scenery.

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