Where am I off to this week?
So why did I choose Talent Garden Barcelona?
As part of being a digital nomad, it is quite easy to move to different countries. However, this also means that language will start to be a deciding factor on the places I choose. Did I want to find an all English workplace or primarily a local space, i.e. primarily Spanish speaking coworking space?
At this point, I speak less Spanish than I would like. I can order food and get from point A to point B. However, my language skills are far from having full conversations.
I had no idea what I wanted when I started my research into Barcelona, but I did find a huge number of coworking spaces. Since my language skills were lacking, I decided to focus on spaces that had an English version of their website. As there were a number of options in Barcelona, I focused on spaces that were near where I was staying, were partly English speaking, and had some interesting features.
The Talent Garden Barcelona made it to the top of my list.
When I first arrived, I immediately met some great coworkers in the space that even invited me out for lunch. I also met with Andrea who gave me a quick tour and overview of the space and the area. It was a wonderful introduction to the space and it’s people. I’m not sure I have met people as quickly as I did here.
One of the first things you notice when walking the space, is this view. I enjoy having the option of a short break at a window when I need to relax my eyes and brain from too much screen time.
And they had a mascot! I love dogs!
The workspace was open with plenty of natural sunlight which was fantastic. There were also a number of design elements focused around sustainability such as recycled furniture and a push in the space to recycle all types of materials.
Talent Garden Barcelona was a space with a good number of expats, however, I did get a number of chances to practice my Spanish even though I didn’t need it.
About mid morning, I found a spot to plug in and got to work. The WIFI and tea kept me going late into the night as managing timezones are always part of what I do. After all, I need to be online when my clients are.
I even was able to try my first stroopwafel left here by some Dutch coworkers that had visited the week before. Delicious!
Even though my time was short here, I felt like I was able to connect to this community of people. With the common language and the friendliness of the people I met, it was quite easy to feel at home here. I definitely look forward to my next time in Barcelona and coming back to catch up with people I met!
In the meantime, check out the rest of the spaces I worked out of on Cowork22’s European Journey of 2017 as a digital nomad building a business while traveling and working in coworking spaces.
Where should I go next? What questions do you want me to answer to help you on your journey?