Welcome to issue #01 of Living Abroad Stories where we ask people living abroad about their journey, tips about life outside their country, and a crucial question about sandwiches.🌭
This week, we’re speaking with Barcelona resident Lina Paulauskaite.
Hi Lina! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! Where are you from Originally?
I grew up in Palanga, Lithuania, which is on the Baltic coast. (read more about it here!).
How many years have you been living abroad?
It’s been over five years now.
What made you want to move abroad?
The most powerful motivator on the planet earth – love. With your permission, I would extend the question to what kept me abroad? (editor’s note: go for it!) And that is my adventurous soul and Mediterranean sun!
Other than in Lithuania and Barcelona, have you lived anywhere else?
Yes. I spent some time in a traveling amusement park caravan in the US state of Minnesota (true story).
After that, I also lived in Karlsruhe, Germany for a bit. I’ll let your readers guess which place had more of a carnival atmosphere.
What has been the hardest part about moving abroad for you?
Practically, it’s been the long road (that is not finished) to get a permanent NIE :))) (foreigner ID in Spain for EU citizens).
Philosophically, it’s been about creating my own version of a happy life, leaving my “small-town girl” mindset behind, and owning my journey.
If you could go back in time before moving abroad, what would be the #1 tip you’d give younger Lina?
Don’t get stuck on fixed ideas. Open your eyes and take what life brings for you.
What would you call yourself: An expat? Remote worker? Person living abroad? Something else?
I identify as an Expat Remote Worker 🙂
We’re launching the first wealth-building platform for people living abroad like yourself. Take care of your financial future, regardless of where you call home.
What do you do for a living?
During the working day, I’m a consultant for SaaS CRM company SuperOffice AS.
You have an amazing side project, Lina. Tell us a bit about that!
On the weekends, I become a guide and community builder that brings locals and expats on day hikes through my project Hike Catalonia.
(editor’s note: check out and follow Hike Catalonia on Instagram for some stunning pics of the region’s best undiscovered hiking spots!)
How did you meet your current community/group of friends?
Mainly through cool Coworking Spaces that I work at and the super Lithuanian Community in Barcelona.
Give us a secret tip / recommendation of the city where you currently live in.
If you just came to Barcelona and you miss your family and pets, become a dog walker for senior citizens in the city.
In Lithuania, do people consider a hot dog to be a sandwich?
Hot dogs are in another kingdom of cuisine in Lithuania.
Thanks again for speaking with us, Lina!