By the end of summer 2017 we had been doing an event almost every day. At this point we needed to get some additional help. We reached out to the community and found Nyah and Claire.
Both of them came on board at the right time. Rosanna and I needed to take a break after the Nomad Takeover and after explaining the ins-and-outs to Nyah and Claire we were finally able to take it easy for a bit.
I wasn’t sure on how this was going to go but both of them were amazing at organising events, right from the start.
I kept running the meetups through the winter and spring. We did them once a month and every time we had over 50 people attend. Rosanna, one of the previous co-organisers returned to Lisbon just as summer started. She brought with her tons of energy and enthusiasm and she started doing a variety of events including co-working days, dinners, art nights, and much more.
After moving to Lisbon we found ourselves an apartment, put in my papers at SEF and got ready to test drive life in the city.
The Lisbon Digital Nomads Mingle with a Beer group had been inactive for several months at this point. But the group had a little over 400 members.
I had reached out to Ioannis, the previous organiser to ask for suggestions about a venue or possible locations. He said it’s just a casual thing so we could do it at any bar. I also asked Rosanna who was marked as a co-organiser and had done a few meetups in the past, what her thoughts were. She was really excited at the scene firing up again although she was far away in South East Asia at the time. As none of the co-organisers were in town, I decided I had to do this on my own. But I was really lucky that both of them gave me some very useful suggestions on how to do the meetup including possible locations, what to do after, etc. Continue reading “The first meetup in January 2017”
I had been traveling as a digital nomad for five years. That’s a long time to be on the road without a home. Most nomads would tell you that as they travel, they tend to get lonely. In our case, it had been a very long journey. Zara and I had left our home in Dubai in September 2011 and hadn’t really lived anywhere until November 2016.
It’s incredibly difficult to meet like-minded people on the road. If you’re a digital nomad, that is, you travel while you work online, you’ll find that there’s hardly a venue in the world where you can bump into folks on a similar journey. Co-working spaces are usually reasonably good places, but the goal there is to work, not necessarily socialise.