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Downshifting: Wall Street to Hotel Barcelona

Four years ago the Gonzalez sisters were “cogs in a giant machine” in the world of finance. Lauren was working in derivatives “which is literally something based on something based on something based on something.” Lee worked in private wealth management, that is, “managing rich people’s money”.

Both of them were on track for big bonuses and growing salaries (this was pre-economic-crisis), but it wasn’t making them happy so they left to follow their pipedream, or in their case a well-worked business plan to open a chain of hostels across Europe.

In this video, the Gonzalez sisters show us their Barcelona hostel (their only one for now), go seasonal food shopping at the Boqueria and talk about how their new lifestyle- working less, and cooking and sleeping more- may be saving their lives.