Friday, August 10, 2007

FAQs about the Upcoming Move to Barcelona

For all of you wondering about this whole thing we're doing, here are some of the things we're asked most often:

1. When are you leaving?
I'm out of here on August 17th (next Friday!!!). That's when I go to Cancun to meet up with Carlos and then from there to Barcelona on August 20-21st (overnight flight).

2. Are you ready?
Not even close. Seriously. Panic hasn't set in yet, but it could. I'm trying to deal with one thing at a time, but there are SO MANY DETAILS! I'm grateful to have friends and family around to help me keep my head together and get everything done. Thanks, guys!

3. So do you have an apartment there?
No. We could have secured one through the internet, but I'm old fashioned, and I need to see the place in real life and I can't stomach the concept of sending someone 950 € through the internet. In other words, we'll probably do the hostel or cheap hotel thing until we lock down a place, once we're actually IN Barcelona.

4. What will you be doing there?
Me - teaching English. Mostly to adults. Possibly to children. Either way, in the private market, where there is a lot more freedom and huge demand. Carlos - doing translation work, possibly working towards medical translation

5. Do you have jobs lined up?
No. But before you start wondering if we're completely detached from reality, keep in mind that September and October are the months when private language schools start searching hard for decent candidates to teach English. And with the certificate that I earned last year, I will be in the small percentage of people who are actually QUALIFIED to teach English. So there's pretty good hope there. And for Carlos, while things might start out slow, translation is essentially a freelancing job that, with the right connections, career development, and hard work, can turn into something pretty lucrative. We have high expectations, but they are attainable.

6. How long will you be there?
We honestly have no idea. We plan that no matter what, we will stay for a year. After that, it's a matter of what our finances and immigration situations will allow. We'd love to stay forever. We must face the reality that this might not actually pan out, though. Whatever the case, we'll be grateful that we had the chance to do this.

7. Why Barcelona?
We always dreamed and semi-joked about someday living in Europe. Then one day we realized, we were actually serious about it. We started brainstorming places to live, and Italy was on top of our list. However, upon reviewing our collective Italian skills, we decided we'd be better suited in a place that speaks primarily Spanish or English. So we diverted ourselves just around the Mediterranean Sea, and landed in Barcelona, a fiercely independent city full of culture, history, incredible architecture, fantastic food, a huge variety of people, and our favorite soccer team ever, FC Barcelona. We wanted a place where you can work and yet enjoy your free time, and we found it in Barcelona, especially when I lived there last year.

7. Can we come visit?
YES, PLEASE DO! ....once we have a place to live... just give us a heads up, like a month before.