Since my arrival in Barcelona more than thirteen years ago I’ve come to meet many wonderful people which have become close friends. People both from Barcelona and foreigners who like me have decided to make this our home. One of those persons which are special for me is Mandy Keillor, an Australian that first came to Barcelona in her late twenties; fell in love with the city and who decided that she would one day live here. Fourteen years later she returned and realized that she still felt the same way, so after returning to Australia and closing house and her own building company Mandy moved to Barcelona with her partner. Once here she realized that the building sector maybe wasn´t the smartest business choice of the moment. Mandy’s partner is a Pilates instructor and contemporary dancer and Mandy herself a competitive body builder and a passionate person about health and wellness, so together they decided to start a Pilates studio in Barcelona in order to provide new natural therapies and practices.
It was while I taking Pilates classes at Studio Australia Barcelona that I met Mandy and we immediately we got along with our common passion for natural health and wellbeing and as we are both foreign entrepreneurs in Catalonia. So it was a natural choice for me to have Mandy share some of her thoughts through my questionnaire, which is like a Proust Questionaire, but shorter and lighter:
What’s the best advice ever given to you? “Never try and navigate the Spanish tax system. Find a good accountant and lawyer who live there.” The Spanish Console Adelaide, South Australia.
How do you celebrate successes? Sharing them with my partner, family and friends.
And how do you “heal” from bad experiences (a broken heart, bad news…)? I have a good cry for as long as it takes, then once again I realize that these are just life lessons that make us the people we are, and then I get on with it.
What’s the best time of the day for you? Afternoons.
Two or three references to keep you informed (blogs, press, sites, etc) Springwise.com 7.30 Report from ABC Australia.
Your favorite place in Barcelona is… Our Studio!
What’s your motto in life? Eagles fly, bees make honey.
What makes you feel feminine? My wife.
Your essential beauty routine is…Face Pilates.
A beauty product you can’t live without…Moisturizer.