From Bogotá to Berlin: A Digital Nomad’s Journey

A software engineer in a black jacket stands smiling on a cobblestone street lined with shops and trees, with people walking in the background on a sunny day.

“I’m a 27-year-old software engineer originally from Bogotá, now living in Berlin. Life as a digital nomad has been a wild ride. After finishing my degree in computer science, I decided the typical 9-to-5 wasn’t for me. I wanted to see the world, experience different cultures, and eat my way through it all. Working remotely allows me to do just that. My mornings usually start with a strong cup of Colombian coffee—nothing beats the aroma and kick it gives to jumpstart my coding sessions. Berlin is an amazing city, full of tech opportunities and vibrant street food scenes. I often find myself at the local markets, trying out different cuisines. It’s fascinating how food can be a gateway to understanding a culture. I remember the first time I tried currywurst. Balancing work and exploring the city can be challenging. Sometimes, I get so engrossed in a project that I forget to eat, and other days, I just wander around, laptop in my backpack, looking for the next food adventure. My girlfriend, Elena, is a graphic designer, and we met during a tech conference in Barcelona. We share a passion for travel and food, often planning our weekends around food festivals or cooking classes. Speaking of cooking, I love making arepas. It’s a way to bring a piece of home with me wherever I go. Berlin has a great selection of international groceries, so finding ingredients isn’t too hard. The constant travel can be tiring, and sometimes I miss my family back in Bogotá. But the experiences and freedom make it all worthwhile. One of my favorite spots in Berlin is a little Turkish kebab place in Kreuzberg. Their doner kebab is to die for, packed with tender meat, fresh veggies, and a drizzle of tangy sauce. It’s the perfect end to a long day of coding or exploring. And if I had to choose one dish that brings me ultimate comfort, it would be a hearty bowl of ajiaco, a traditional Colombian soup made with chicken, potatoes, and corn.”

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