write a letter to Budapest

Dear Budapest,


It all happened on June 8th when we were told we would have the chance to come and visit you.

What an excitement… Your Danube, your bars, your nice people, we have heard so much about you that we couldn’t wait anymore to finally meet you.

Here we are… Thursday evening, rushing after work, getting on the plane…it didn’t take us more than two hours to reach you and we could already see you from the sky, you already looked amazing.

57b825f6663c2cb9844275e6e435169a8784496a75c7be74cepimgpsh_fullsize_distrOnce we arrived we saw people everywhere. Your streets were so vibrant and alive. It almost felt as if everyone knew we were coming.

The atmosphere at work was really nice. Our colleagues welcomed us so warmly, it did not feel as if it was the first time we met them. It was as if we knew each other all along. We were so happy we could talk to one another personally instead of via Skype or email. We were happy we had the opportunity to meet and get to know one another. We could finally match faces with the names that we often heard.

Budapest, your sun, your thermal baths, your amazing hills on the Buda side, your restaurants… We would like to say: your everything is amazing. Unfortunately we were too short on time… We assume that you were trying to tell us we should come back to visit you again.

See you next time Budapest, we cannot wait!



Ikram & Meriem

PS.: If we were mystery evaluators in Budapest, we would say that we did not do it for the shop fee. We did it to explore the beautiful city. We did it for the lovely memories we got in exchange. The shop fee is the city itself and beyond!



Author: Ikram20160925_210646

Ikram has been a part of the Bare team for more than a year now. She is a native French speaker, but also speaks English, Arabic and Spanish. She studied translation and had the opportunity to live in both Syria and Egypt during her studies. Within the Bare team she is a real community builder who tries to work on activities and relations inwards and outwards of the company. She loves traveling, reading and discovering new cultures.



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Meriem has been working for Bare International for 1 year now, and she is mainly responsible for projects in Belgium. In her free time she loves spending quality time with her family – especially with her 3-year-old son. She is very outgoing: loves having fun, shopping, travelling and having deep conversations with her loved ones. She has a degree in Office and Data Management.



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Diversity in the office

Most of us know The Jungle Book, one of Kipling’s greatest novels. It tells the story of a young boy named Mowgli. He was raised by the she-wolf Raksha, mentored by Bagheera the panther, and is best friends with a bear called Baloo. Do you think Mowgli would have had the same adventures or even been the same boy if he had not had diverse “characters” being part of his life?

Well, here at BARE International, we do not have wolves, panthers or bears working with us but what we do have is a diverse “pack” of colleagues!

Are you the wolf, the panther or the bear?

From all of the important characters in Mowgli’s life I could relate myself the most with Raksha. She did not care about the fact that Mowgli was a human and accepted him as he was. She raised him the best she could and I can imagine that letting him go must have been very hard.

Now let’s see how my colleagues answered when I had asked them what character of Mowgli’s entourage they felt the most related to:

AKiss final_blogbaAlexandra – Hungarian, Budapest office

I would go for the panther. I might annoy people sometimes with it but I prefer playing by the books. However I can be all about fun as well and enjoy life, so I do have a Baloo-side in me!




Sarah_blog_just for now2Sarah – Belgian, Antwerp office

I relate myself more with the panther as I often feel very protective towards my friends and family. From the moment someone gets into my heart I feel that I could walk through fire for them.




Enrique_officialEnrique – Venezuelan, Antwerp office

This is a difficult choice for me as I feel that I have all 3 of them in me but mostly, depending on the situation, either the mentor or the friend/fun part in me pops-up. So, I’d go for the panther as well as the bear!




DSC01057_edited_for blogJelena – Serbian, Budapest office

Definitely Baloo the bear! He is the most emotional of the three. He is not afraid to show when he is sad or when he is happy. He has a high level of empathy, bravery, and self-awareness. And let’s not forget his great sense of humour, either!


And now let me ask you this question: Are you the wolf, the panther or the bear?



Author: Wara 20150625_172744_resized

Wara joined BARE International almost 7 years ago. Born in Thailand and moved to Belgium as a child, she knows how it feels to be “stuck” between cultures. Thanks to her optimistic mindset, she always tries to see a positive outcomes in everything. Her goal in life is to be happy, to live by example in order to inspire people around her… especially her son.

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