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June 12, 2024 92 mins

Renato is a Bolivian entrepreneur who currently resides in Madrid.

He has a passion for languages and has found a way to make money from it.

In addition to being multilingual, he also has a fondness for the arts, particularly pottery and music. He played in the orchestra of his city in Bolivia and Spain for approximately 5 years.

Renato was born in Japan, then moved to Bolivia where he studied until he was 16 years old. He finished his high school education in Logroño, Spain, and in 2022 he moved to Madrid to start his Spanish school. But instead of giving up, he kept trying and now he is the principal of his school in the center of Madrid.

Renato enjoys traveling around the world and is planning to retire at the young age of 25 if everything goes according to plan.


Renato Padilla, a Bolivian entrepreneur in Madrid, shares his experiences and insights about living and retiring in Madrid, Spain.

He discusses his background, the reasons for choosing Madrid, the LGBTQ+ community in the city, the importance of learning Spanish, and the local economy and housing costs.

Renato also provides information about Madrid's geography, climate, and utility costs. Madrid offers high-quality public services, including healthcare and education, funded by high taxes.

The city has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with numerous theaters, museums, and live performances. Madrid is a food lover's paradise, offering various cuisines, including Japanese, Italian, French, Ethiopian, and more.

The city has excellent public transportation, including local trains, high-speed bullet trains, buses, and a metro system.

While pickpocketing can be a concern, overall, Madrid is considered a safe city. Renato shares insights about safety, healthcare, visas, and living in Madrid in this conversation.

He recounts a personal experience of losing his wallet and how it was returned to him, highlighting the honesty and safety in the city.

Renato discusses the healthcare system in Madrid, emphasizing the accessibility and affordability of both private and public options. He also provides information about obtaining a visa, particularly the non-lucrative visa for retirees. Renato mentions the importance of understanding the different autonomous regions in Spain and their varying rules and taxes. He concludes by offering advice for those considering relocating to Madrid.

Unveiling the Tapestry of Madrid, Spain: A Quick Guide

Bustling Heart of Spain: Madrid, Spain's vibrant capital city, pulsates with energy. As the country's largest metropolis (population: 3.3 million).

Climate and Geography: Nestled on a central plateau at over 2,000 feet, Madrid experiences distinct seasons. Summers are warm and sunny, perfect for strolling through charming plazas or exploring verdant parks like El Retiro. Winters tend to be crisp, with occasional snowfall.

Getting Around: Madrid is a pedestrian's paradise. Many historic areas are best explored on foot, allowing you to soak in the architectural grandeur and vibrant street life. A comprehensive public transportation network offers efficient travel via metro, buses, and trams for longer distances.

A Welcoming Embrace for the LGBTQ+ Community: Madrid has long championed LGBTQ+ rights, fostering a thriving and inclusive community. The city explodes with rainbow colors during the annual Pride celebration, one of the largest in Europe. Numerous LGBTQ+ bars, clubs, and cultural centers provide safe spaces for connection and self-expression.

A Feast for the Senses: Arts & Culture: World-renowned museums like the Prado Museum and Reina Sofía Museum house masterpieces by Goya, Velázquez, and Picasso. The city's energy extends beyond museums, with captivating flamenco performances,

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