In the literature it is often suggested that mobile people, like their non-mobile counterparts, look for particular places
to connect with. This has been documented in research focused on the way in which migrants (re)create particular places in
their countries of destination (i.e., the formation of ethnic enclaves). However, our extensive fieldwork among Mexican professionals
in Madrid, such as postgraduate students, academics, IT professionals, journalists, and others, point toward the opposite
direction: for the very mobile and the recently arrived particular places matter little (Duyvendak in The politics of home.
Belonging and nostalgia in Western Europe and the United States. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2011; Ley-Cervantes in Stuck
in the middle: home-making strategies of Mexican Middling Migrants. Ph.D. Thesis, Autonomous University of Madrid, 2012).
Instead they rely on generic places, such as airports, chain restaurants or hotels to feel at home. Instead of taking for
granted the homeliness of certain places, this paper aims to inquire the role of generic places in the home-making experiences
of a small and rather privileged portion of the moving population.