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Interview with Pablo – digital nomad living in Prague

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Pablo is a 28 years old software developer, originally from Santiago de Chile. He runs and co-owns few companies and he´s been working remotely for quite some time. During his life as a digital nomad he has lived in Chile (Santiago, Pucón, Viña), Colombia (Bogotá, Medellín), USA (San Francisco, San Diego), Barcelona and London. Now, for more than two years he has been living in Prague. What is it like?

Why did you choose Prague/Czech Republic?
I wasn’t planning to come here. In the beginning, I came here just to attend a Queen concert, I was supposed to stay for 3 or 4 days, just booking a few places on Airbnb, I simply fell in love with the city and I decided to stay here.

What was surprising for you when you moved there?
Even though I’ve been to many countries, I´d never had the “I really want to live here” feeling before, I was impressed about how simple life can be here, I also love Czech people.

What is the best part of living there for you?
I love my dog, and Czech people treat dogs as first class citizens, that’s why I decided to go back to Chile and bring my dog here. It might sound like a silly thing, but the way Czech people treat their dogs says a lot of good things about them.

What is the hardest part?
Beer is too good and cheap, so it’s hard not to turn into an alcoholic.

What do you think about Czech people?
I admire them. I’m impressed about how smart they are, especially women. Czech women are really empowered, they know what they want and are not afraid to go for it. I think Czech people like to do things the right way, I’ve been amazed to see the amount of work they put into their businesses and how proud they are about it. I’ve heard foreigners have problems to establish relationships with Czech people, but in my case, 95% of the people I hang with are Czech, I feel the way they live is really similar to the way I do.

How easy or difficult it is for you to do your work there?
Being able to work on my own terms makes it really easy, I usually work from home, parks or coffee places. Last year I rented an office but it didn’t work for me, I got used to working from public places, and I’m really happy with it.

What are your favourite places to relax?
I live in a really nice flat in Letná, which is my favorite neighborhood in Prague, there are so many nice places in the area. You can usually find me having a coffee at Yes Kafe, drinking a cold Matuška (beer) at Café Letka, chilling with my dog at Stromovka (park) or skateboarding at Stalin.

Would you have some recommendation for people considering living in Prague?
I would recommend them to take the time to meet and hang out with Czech people. I see a lot of expats who like to hang out with foreigners only and I don’t see the point of living in Prague if you don’t want to learn about how Czech people live.

Feel free to add anything about yourself, your job, living in Prague or any social media contact/link you would like to share with us:)
You can follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/holamendi and watch photos of my lovely dog at http://instagram.com/holamendi.

Ahoj!

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