Meet Our Behere Berlin City Host, Leen H

Our team is excited to welcome our Berlin City Host, Leen Eckman. Originally from London, Leen traveled often before settling into her home in Berlin. She shares our values at Behere in so many ways and has always loved showing people around and making them feel more comfortable in a new city. Leen is excited to show you around in Berlin and help you enjoy the best the city has to offer. Read on to learn more about her…

We’re excited to share more about you, tell us about yourself!

“I was born in London, England but spent most of my childhood in the countryside. When people picture the old English villages surrounded by rolling green hills, oak trees, cows… that was home. I’m the eldest of 4 and we are all spread across the globe. My
sister in Tel Aviv, one brother in the St Martin, the other in London and myself, in Berlin. Our parents infused the love and value of travel and exploration from the beginning.

I moved to Berlin to pursue my love of the arts. I studied Fine Art and have been working with / on various projects here since 2009. Since 2010 I have been working as a city guide, specializing in East German history and the Art and Culture scenes. In 2016 I gave birth to my son and in 2018 my daughter arrived, so the last couple of years have mostly been about motherhood and thinking about what’s next.”

What do you love so much about traveling?

“I love people. I’ve learnt some of my most valued pieces of wisdom from the people I’ve met on my travels. I now have friends all over the world, which is something really magical. Traveling gives different perspectives and new experiences. This has helped form my outlook and given me insight into how little I know and how much there is to discover. Intimidating but exciting!”

We’d love to know, what are you currently working on and what inspired you to start?

berlin city host“Outside of being a mother, I’m getting back to my drawing. I have always drawn and am now trying to dedicate more time to it to see where it can take me. Additionally, I’m starting a podcast that profiles artists based in Berlin and working on another long-term concept, which I don’t want to jinx so won’t spill yet!”

Why do you think living in new places is so important? 

“I believe living in new places and connecting with new people encourages you to think about and question the way you live. This is something people should do more often. Berlin itself, is a city rich in history and culture, open to possibilities and continuously changing. It’s a city unlike any other in the way it celebrates individual expression, nonmaterialistic lifestyles, and independent cultures. It’s something I value a lot, and love to share with people who visit. There is a lot to love and to learn here.

From my experience living in a few of countries and starting from scratch with no friends, job or home, I know how exhausting, time-consuming and lonely it can be. Berlin can be tricky to navigate, as a lot of things are found out through word of mouth, or hidden. I’m really excited to be part of a network of women living life to the max and looking out for / inspiring each other at the same time. I’m honoured to be the one helping get women excited and engaged with what Berlin has to offer, and help them hit the ground running!”

We’re dying to know, what’s your favorite thing about Berlin?

“Berlin really does have something for everyone, and for every mood. For example, I have friends who’ve lived here for years and have never made it to the major historical sights. I met a couple who moved here for 6 months just to go to the museums, of which there are over 300! Also, I have friends who fly here every month to go clubbing, as Berlin has one of the most vibrant electronic music scenes in the world.

One of my favourite pastimes is going to the cinema, and a classic is Kino International – built by East Germany in the 50s. Also, when the weather is good, there are so many parks, there’s nothing quite like watching the sunset, with a beer from a Späti (kiosk), on Tempelhofer Feld.”

Visit Berlin to connect with Leen, and find out all the amazing things Berlin has to offer. You don’t want to miss Leen’s recommendations and tips! To get started, head to Behere and find your new home in Berlin!

Meet Our Behere Prague City Host: Robin T

Our team is excited to welcome a new Prague City Host, Robin Terrell. Originally from the US, Robin traveled the world before settling into her new home in Prague, years ago. She shares our values at Behere in so many ways and has been an advocate for flexible lifestyles through her blog, Global Mobile Worker. Robin began her international travels after raising a family, and moved abroad to see what the rest of the world has to offer. She wants to inspire woman of every age to experience other places and cultures. Read on to learn more about Robin…

What inspired you to start traveling?

“My parents inspired my love of travel when they would pack their four children into a station wagon and hit the road for the summer. My mother was a teacher and my dad saved up all of his vacation for these trips. I also worked for an airline for five years and had my first taste of international travel then. On a trip to Peru with my daughter, we hung out with a man at a hostel, that was working on his laptop from a hammock. I knew then that I could find a way to work from anywhere.”

What inspired you to start your blog and write a travel book?

“After the “Great Recession” in the U.S. I knew there was a better way to live, to not just acquire ‘stuff’. I started the blog during my four months of travel through South and Central America, Mexico and Cuba to chronicle the life of a digital nomad. I started the travel series to inspire unlikely travelers, older women and people who thought travel was only for the young, to explore the world’s trails.”

What is your blog and travel series all about?

My blog, the Global Mobile Work, is in transition. At first it focused on location independent lifestyles. Now that I am working inside a company, I’ve discovered that location independence isn’t just for freelancers. I work on a global team and all of our work has to be done virtually. So, now I am focused on how to make virtual teams work.

My travel series, Two Broke Chicas Backpack through South and Central America, Mexico and Cuba, captures my four-month journey across continents. I want to show skeptical travelers that you can make travel a lifestyle on any budget, at any age. Through stories and how-to tips and tricks you can easily experience these destinations for yourself. Like how to find the best and most affordable food at local mercardos. Book 3 in the series came out in December, the Center of America.”

What’s your favorite place in Prague?

“Kavarna Slavia, it’s a must-see. Go at night to listen to the piano player and get a seat by the window to look up at Prague Castle. For a location taken over by tourists, they have amazingly delicious and reasonably priced food. I love to go late night and finish the evening with the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted. Plus, it’s open until midnight!”

Robins quote to live by, “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

Head to Prague to connect with Robin, and learn about this city she now calls home. Her recommendations and tips are not to be missed! To get started, head to Behere and find your new spaces in Prague.

You can follow Robin on Twitter @twobrokechicas and Facebook @2brokechicas and learn more about the travel series

Meet Our Barcelona City Host, Sam

When Behere cofounder, Meesen Brown, first moved to Barcelona she was fortunate to have connected with this amazing woman, Sam. A fellow female entrepreneur and remote work advocate, Sam had lived all around the world and was finally settling back in Barcelona to pursue her passion. They instantly hit it off and Sam became the city host for Barcelona, sharing her extensive knowledge of the city (and it’s incredible food) with Behere ladies. Read about Sam and her favorite things in Barcelona below.

You’ve done your fair share of traveling, tell us about how that all started…

I was born in Barcelona but two weeks later left for Portugal, where my parents were living at the time. Since then, I was raised as a ‘Third Culture Kid’ – moving every few years. By the time I was 18, I had lived in 7 cities, on 3 different continents. I had caught the ‘Nomad Bug’ and decided to keep going. My current count is 13 moves, to 11 cities, in 8 countries across 3 continents. Spanning from Barcelona, NYC, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and more.

What do you love so much about traveling?

What’s not to love about traveling?! Realizing you don’t need that many things to enjoy your everyday life except for a carry on and enough clean socks and underwear. Being constantly engaged by the novelty of a new country, new culture or language? The flavors and new ingredients of each place you land in. And the people, every time, no matter the differences, you always realize we are all looking for the same things in life. It doesn’t matter the religion, ethnicity, upbringing, we are all the same and I love being able to rediscover that every time I go to a new place.

What are you currently working on and what inspired you to start it?

I’m working on WTFBCN (Where is The Food? Barcelona) a passion project I started after leaving my 9-5 office job in Amsterdam. I used to work for a multinational company and even though life was good, life is even better now. I decided to move back to Barcelona, my hometown, to study Photography, specializing in Gastronomy. With my business background, I help restaurants with their photography, social media and marketing strategy needs.

From experience, what are your thoughts on living in new places.

Living in new places is necessary. It’s many times hard, harder than you can imagine – being surrounded by a new language, new customs, new shampoo brands you don’t know. Everything is new and this is both exciting and many times scary without a support system. Having been the ‘New Person’ so many times in schools or jobs it’s always daunting. You never really get used to it, even if you learn to adapt.
That’s one of the reasons I love being the Barcelona City Host for Behere. I’ve always so appreciated when someone has helped me figure out a new place, so I am happy to pay it forward. Plus, Barcelona is such an amazing, magical place it’s hard to not want to share this beautiful place with all the awesome (and kickass) women that have come through Barcelona with Behere. It’s been such a pleasure being able to meet these beautiful and hard-working ladies that it inspires me to keep pushing towards my goals.

We’re dying to know, what is your favorite thing about Barcelona?

My favorite thing about Barcelona is that although it might not be as big as NYC or Shanghai, it’s impossible to get bored. There is always something happening, the creativity and energy in this city is contagious! From travel-inspired ecological brunch spots like EatMyTrip, local bookstore turned tapas place like Pepa Pla, old-school favorites like Bar Cañete or wine tastings at Blended & Bottle Studio.
As well as the countless local experiences like The Paella Club, Indian Cuisine Master Classes with Anjalina Chugani, to Dining at a local sustainable farm with Foodisms, or clandestine dinner parties with Let’s Drunch in hidden venues all over the city. (By the way, most of these initiatives are run by inspiring female entrepreneurs from around the world!!).
Can’t give out all the secrets but when you come to Barcelona with Behere, you’ll be getting a personal tour of the best rooftops with views, most delicious bites, hidden gems, great brunch spots, and the best wine and cocktail bars.

To meet Sam in Barcelona and tour the city with her, live in Barcelona for a month with Behere. To get started choose the month you want to go, then an apartment, workspace and fitness studio here.
Photos and words by Sam.

Meet Our Budapest City Host | Bogi

Our team had the pleasure of connecting with Bogi, an inspiring woman from Budapest. A freelancer and entrepreneur, she’s had many really cool roles. From being a reporter in Egypt, to being a sports entertainer in Spain, Bogi has traveled and worked around the world. A people person, she loves adventure and good conversations. We’re also thrilled to have Bogi as our Budapest Behere City Host. Learn more about her below.

Tell us about yourself and what inspires you about traveling?

Hi I’m Bogi, I live in Budapest and am originally from here. Travel inspires me because I’m a people person, so besides the destination, it’s inspiring to have good conversations with new people. I love that so many great things happen when you least expect them. Being in new places puts me in a completely different mindset. I see different perspectives and traveling brings out different sides of me.


What do you do for work and how’d you end up there?

I’m currently a freelancer and tour guide. I run B Side Tours in Budapest. I’ve tried various jobs in my life so far, and often wish I could do much more.

I’ve worked at a movie theatre, language school, as a hostess at concerts, as a sports entertainer in Spain, a receptionist in Italy and a reporter in Egypt. I sold a couple’s invention at a boat show in Germany and to get that job I sold insoles for an hour to showcase my sales skills. The latest challenge was giving my voice to 2 videos, and the hop-on-hop-off bus.

What inspired you to start your tour company?

I was initially inspired to become a tour guide by my 8th grade history teacher. But it really was a Brazilian couple on one of my tours a few years ago who gave me the push to create the website (thank you!)

What are your favorite things/place about Budapest?

My favorite places are close to nature, on the islands or by the river Danube on the shore up north. I love how Budapest holds a lot of surprises – e.g. you can’t see it from outside, but a former apartment building hosts a leafy garden or bar. I am still amazed at the creativity of turning unused spaces into something else, (like the famous ruin pubs).

Budapest is a cool and vibrant city but the Buda side will forever be my favorite; the dreamy, hilly, green, suburbs side of town where I grew up.

Fun facts about yourself:

One of my fave fun facts is that I met Nicholas Sparks and he signed my copy of the Notebook which I read when I was 16 (and in love).

I have many more fun facts about Mariah Carey, Angelina Jolie, Busta Rhymes or the Bruce Willis stuntman.  If you enjoy podcasts, have a listen to my episode on Andy Steves’ show, “Budapest, Baths and Boyz II Men“.  You’ll also be able to listen to the entertaining chat I had with the amazing ladies from Chronicles Abroad, too!

And, if you travel on American Airlines in the US July 2018, you’ll catch a video of me talking about Budapest!

You can check out Bogi’s tours at
or on Instagram: @bsidetours.

To meet Bogi in Budapest and join one of her awesome tours, choose your apartment, workspace and fitness studio on Behere.