Renata Riva (1976)

About me:
I was born and raised in Torino, in the North of Italy. Studying engineering allowed me to live in many different countries. When I came to the point where I needed to look for a job I decided I wanted to have another experience abroad. In 2003 the job offer came from Brussels, for a big multinational company. I wasn’t that excited, didn’t know Brussels very well, and I always thought it was a grey and boring city.

But I moved anyway and less than 6 months later this city had already changed my opinion and I have now declared it my hometown. I’ve even bought an apartment here now!

I am a real city girl, I love being close to the “happenings” in town, to be able to walk or bike anywhere, to get anywhere in less than 30 minutes. I am hardly ever home, I take any excuse to be out, to explore new places, to go to concerts, exhibitions, theaters, bars, anything. And Brussels is just perfect for this!

Also see my interview on the Spotted by Locals main page!

Why Brussels?

  • It just happened, and I’m glad it did;
  • It is very, very international, and you can speak English almost everywhere (actually nearly any language you want);
  • There’s lots of things happening, without it being too crowded or too expensive;
  • It’s easy to live in, it’s forever changing and it is a melting pot of cultures.
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