Currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. Initially went to Spain to study Spanish and stayed. Olivia runs the popular Brunchalunya social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Q + A with Olivia
WHERE YOU ARE FROM IN THE USA? Annapolis, MD
WHERE YOU CURRENTLY ARE BASED? WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE? Currently in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. I’m working at a small company doing their marketing and event planning.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU OVERSEAS? I initially came to study Spanish classes and live with a family friend, stay here for only 8 months, and take care of their 3 children, kind of like an Au Pair situation. I had just turned 20, was waiting tables at a restaurant in my hometown while going to community college, had just recently broken up with my boyfriend, and fate intervened. I met this family while waiting their table, and long story short, after 6 months of email correspondence, they asked if I wanted to learn Spanish and be immersed in a Catalan household as well, and I didn’t think twice. Little by little, after living here, I realized that I could never live in America again, at least not in my 20s. I decided to stay, and work my way through business school in Barcelona. I just recently finished my BBA courses! Now I am working on my thesis, working in marketing and event planning, and in the works of creating a food and travel blog. (@Brunchalunya on IG and FB)
DID YOU STUDY ABROAD IN THE PAST (OR PRESENT)? IF SO WHAT PROGRAM AND WHERE? I didn’t really study abroad, for a year or a semester, rather I study and live in Barcelona. I am finishing up my studies for the BBA program at European University.
ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR FUTURE YOUNG AMERICANS? Avoid Americans! I’m just kidding, I have plenty of American friends here. But you will never ever immerse, learn a new language, learn a new culture, or escape the bubble if you just hang out with your “people” all of the time. Not knowing anyone when I first moved here really pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, go out alone, be independent, and learn that I’m confident enough to move to a city alone and make my own way starting from nothing. Living abroad has given me so much insight and perspective on how lonely, terrifying, exhilarating, and life-changing being an immigrant is. I have discovered that I love to cook, learning new languages, meeting new people, learning about new cultures, and of course, eating.