First of all, thank you for reading this.

Well, what am I doing here? Although I’m from Spain, I’ve been living in the UK for the last two years (time flies)! There are many reasons why I decided to move abroad, but the main one was to find out about what it would be like to live in a different country. Many people have told me about their good (and bad) experiences, but I wanted to check it out for myself! At that time, leaving my job as a Digital Marketer to move and get a job in whichever place which allows me to pay the bills, learning a new language and travelling around the country seemed like a good idea (it was not for my family though). I was also rejected from a job offer that I quite liked because my English was not good enough! So that also pushed me to make this decision.

From the moment I arrived, the UK was very welcoming. I spent one of the most challenging years of my life as a bartender (serving drinks to British people in a hotel can be interesting if you’re learning a language!) and ended up involved in a worldwide pandemic in my first year abroad…Nevertheless, resilience is always good right?

Why Bournemouth? I just typed into Google ‘’warmest places to live in the UK’’, and Bournemouth came up, and having the beach close seemed perfect, at least to start. I would lie if I said it’s not been hard: Starting something new is not always easy, but there’s never a straight path to get things done, and I’m making sure to have fun in the process without putting any pressure on myself whilst working as hard as I can.

Anyway, bbd:

It’s been almost a month since I arrived at bbd and it’s been an experience in many ways.

First, the agency culture. Although I previously worked in agencies; it was nothing like this.

They welcomed me with balloons and Spanish Cava. Everyone was very nice, and very patient with me too. The first week, they showed me their habitual pub where we had lunch in! They are giving me amazing training opportunities and they don’t put any pressure on me. They care about my learning well-being, and they make sure I take part in different projects to understand the companies we work for. The training process is great, and I just want to finish it as quickly as possible.

Some facts about me:

  • I work so I can go on holiday (obviously also to pay the bills, but I consider life experiences as one of the most important things to invest in).
  • I love concerts, and I don’t mind where I have to go if I like a band!
  • I am a very family and friend person – they are always present in my life, although we are far away.
  • Sometimes I get sad when there’s a whole week of rain, but nothing to be worried about.
  • I’m not good at sports, however this year I got addicted to the gym, that’s something else!
  • Learning a new language made me realise that I have two personalities, the cheeky and spontaneous Spanish one, and the polite and careful English one; I hope I can put them together one day!

To sum up… Thanks bbd, I look forward to seeing what this opportunity will bring me for the future.

Antonio Gonzalez
Junior Designer