The city of Bilbao, in Spain, has around one million inhabitants. Living in Bilbao, and adopting the Spanish way of life could seem daunting at first, but the people of Bilbao are renowned for welcoming those who are new to the town. El Botxo, as the locals call it, has something for everyone, whether you're an art lover, music expert, sports fan or technology whizz. The world-famous Guggenheim Art Museum is in Bilbao, exhibiting some ground breaking contemporary works of art. For expats who prefer to take in the older architecture, and learn a little bit about the area's history, you can visit the medieval neighborhood of Casco Viejo, in Basque.
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Just like any big step in life, moving to a new city can be taxing at the best of times. The large amount of people, the cultural expectations on you, and getting to grips with a wildly different way of life is an overwhelming experience. InterNations exists to make the move tolerable, and ultimately pleasant. Through the forums, discussion threads and blog posts that other expatriates have commented on, you can gain invaluable knowledge about moving to a new city - no matter where that city is in the world. The Expat Magazine, a collection of articles written to educate you about expatriate life, has articles on such topics as handling finance, how to make preparations before moving to Bilbao or elsewhere, what to expect if you're moving abroad with your family, and some of the final to-dos you should check before making the big jump.
InterNations offers invaluable information for people who have moved abroad specifically to look for work. If you've moved over as part of a job placement, or your employer has sent you to start working in Bilbao, InterNations has systems and services in place to make your experience as an expatriate as fun and easy as it possibly can be. Through networking with other InterNations members, like-minded expats and global minds alike, you can learn all about other’s experiences of working overseas. Learning by example, you can take in the dos and don’ts of breaking down cultural barriers at work, the financial implications of setting up your own personal business, or you'll learn how to avoid the pitfalls of starting out as a self-employed worker overseas. Most importantly, you'll read success stories from other expatriates that will fill you with confidence that you've made the right career decision by working in Bilbao.