Relocation to Tech Hub Barcelona: a Product Owner’s Story

Marcos Oda was his own boss: he owned a small consulting company in São Paulo, and he was doing okay. But he had always wanted to work outside of Brazil, and when the opportunity arose, he decided to embrace it. His reasons were simple: he was offered a position at a tech company in the beautiful city of Barcelona, and he likes adventure. We spoke with Marcos Oda, Product Owner at eDreams, about his impressions of the city and how he’s experienced relocation so far.

For some, moving to a different continent halfway across the world would be an impossible decision to make, but for Marcos, it wasn’t so. He was single, self-employed, and felt that he’d accomplished pretty much all that he wanted in Brazil, having worked for as many as ten different startups and tech companies in the first ten years of his career.

“I wasn’t actively looking for work at the time when a techspotter from Nederlia contacted me. I’ve always wanted to try working abroad, but, to be honest, I kept putting it off, and never actually started looking. Then suddenly everything aligned, and it was time to go,” he recounts.

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“I’ve never lived so close to my workplace. In Brazil, I’ve always had to spend two to three hours in traffic in order to get to work and back.”

It’s Marcos’s first time in Europe, so there was a lot to find out before he could make his decision. He began by watching Youtube videos about the different neighborhoods of Barcelona, trying to gather all the info available about life in the Catalan capital.

“The recruitment agency helped me make my decision by sending me a lot of useful information, like the cost of living, and I remember thinking to myself: maybe life isn’t so hard over there. Brazil is going through kind of a delicate phase right now: things are difficult, and there is too much stress in the air. One of the things that I’ve noticed here is that life is easier, compared to life in São Paulo,” Marcos says.

Those of us who have been living in Barcelona for a while tend to take for granted a lot of the little, but all the more important things the city has to offer. To Marcos, the fact that in Barcelona, everything is easily accessible is a huge relief and cause for a little bit of joy every day.

“I’ve never lived so close to my workplace. In Brazil, I’ve always had to spend two to three hours in traffic in order to get to work and back. Here in Barcelona, I live a ten-minute walk away from my workplace. Another thing that I find amazing is that I can do whatever I want and get whatever I need without having to leave my neighborhood. There is a Crossfit gym, another gym that’s got a pool, a hair salon, a post office, a pharmacy, five or six grocery stores, big and small, all within a two-block distance from my apartment,” says Marcos.

“I love that in Barcelona, whatever you feel like doing, be that skateboarding, playing soccer or volleyball, you are sure to find a group of people doing just that.”

Another aspect of Barcelona that we often forget about is the incredibly wide array of sports and recreational activities we could take part in (largely thanks to the generosity of the region’s climate), if we weren’t so busy binge-watching shows on Netflix.

“One day, I was taking a walk by the beach, and saw a couple of guys playing volleyball. Since then, I’ve been playing beach volley every Saturday all winter long. It did get a little chilly sometimes because of the wind, but when the Sun is shining, the air is always so warm. I love that in Barcelona, whatever you feel like doing, be that skateboarding, playing soccer or volleyball, you are sure to find a group of people doing just that.”

Read more about Marcos’s experience and how he sees the tech scene and the growth of agile in Europe in part two of this interview!

Are you adventurous enough to consider a relocation to Barcelona? Contact us to find out more about relocation opportunities.

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