Lisbon, By A Digital Nomad

Lisbon, By A Digital Nomad

If you are a digital nomad and never went to Lisbon, you’re making a huge mistake. And we at Hand2Hand don’t like to see you making these mistakes.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, a country founded in 1143 and the first one in the world with border-lines defined. Lisbon is also the second oldest capital in Europe, right after Athens.
If you are a digital nomad you’ve probably heard of it by now: we’re talking about a city that besides all the magnificent history surrounding it, is also one of the most innovating cities in Europe, a place full of young talents and the home of Web Summit for the second year in a row. On Web Summit 2017 there will be attending about 60.000 people. There are some people that say Lisbon is Europe’s Silicon Valley.
So now, without further ado, we’ll list you, our fellow digital nomad, a few of the coolest spots to visit and revisit while staying in this sunny city. 

 

Monuments and must-see places:
• S. Jorge’s Castle – This castle is dated from the 14th century and it’s named after the saint who protected the knights and the crusades. As a military monument, it has a great view over the city.
• Jerónimos Monestery – Was built in 1502, ordered by D. Manuel I. It’s protected by UNESCO and shows the Portuguese adventure over the Discovery era.
• Santa Justa Elevator- also called “The Carmo Elevator” was built in 1900. If you ascent to the top beside the fantastic view you’ll encounter, you can also enjoy a great coffee shop to relax for a little while.
• Miradouro da Graça – If you enjoy urban landscape this is the place for you. From this spot you can take the most beautiful photos of the city.
• Alfama – Is the oldest and more typical local in Lisbon. It was built by the arabs before the Christian conquer, and it has until today the urban lines. Must-see.

Museums and Cultural points of interest:
• CCB Museum – Located in the Empire Plaza, in Belém, was constructed in 1993. It’s finality was to gather the HQ of the European Community Portuguese presidency.
• MAAT – This museum is one of the most recent ones in Lisbon. This beautiful building located right by the river side holds it’s name for Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.
• Fado Museum – Who could think of visiting Lisbon without hearing Fado, the typical Portuguese genre? It holds documentation center, a theme shop, an auditorium and a restaurant, beside the permanent expos.
• Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Built in 1955, the founder gave his cultural collections to this institution. In there, you can visit the library, two museums and hear their magnificent orchestra, choir and watch some shows.
• Zoo – Founded by Duarte d’Abranches Bizarro in 1884, it holds more than 332 species and it’s one of the most important zoos in Europe. It’s located in Sete Rios and you have no excuse not to visit because you have a lot of public transportations to take you there.

Local Markets:
• Martim Moniz ethnic market – In these narrow streets located in the center of the city, you can find here all the tastes in the world.
• Feira da Ladra – This flea market began in the 13th century. It’s located in Campo de Santa Clara and you can find all types of memorabilia and trinkets in here.
• Mercado do Jardim – It’s a design and craft market in one of the most fabulous gardens in Lisbon. Beautiful ancient trees and fishes swimming the ponds are the scenario to this idyllic fair.
• Mercado de Alvalade – If you feel like staying at home and cook your own meal for the day, there’s not a better place to purchase your fresh vegetables and fish than in here.
• The Biological Market – Horticultural products, herbs, cereals, wine and soaps. These are a few of the things you can find in this local market in Principe Real.

Restaurants and “petiscos”:
• Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out Market) – Open since 1882 and restored in 2001, it’s now explored by Time Out and holds a social and cultural side. You can also find here cool restaurants and craft shops.
• Casa da Mariquinhas – Remember when we talked about Fado? Well, this is the place to go if you’re in the mood for “Saudade” and eating traditional dishes like codfish in the oven and “Cozido à Portuguesa”.
• Chinês Clandestino (Clandestine Chinese) – You can’t see it but its right in front of you. In Rua do Benformoso you have this secret spot to eat good Chinese food… and also feel a little rebellious.
• Burger Factory – In Alcântara you can find this Burger shop whre you can taste all kinds of burger mixes. It has a great ambience and you can also go for a walk around after your dinner.
• Pharmacia – the name speaks for itself. This restaurant is decorated just like a pharmacy and has a terrace with a view to the river Tejo.

Coffee Shops and a bite:
• Pastéis de Belém – Since 1837, this factory of cream custards has shown the world how much everyone has a sweet tooth. You can taste this little pieces of heaven in the exact same luxurious factory.
• Pois, Café – Vegan friendly, it’s a lovely place with an awesome decoration, where you can relish in a hot beverage at the end of the evening, eating, working or reading.
• A Brasileira – The second home of Pessoa, one of the most brilliant Portuguese writers, it was founded in 1905 and it’s always an emblematic spot to grab a cup of coffee and watch the crowd walk by.
• Versailles – Feeling fancy for breakfast? We got you. This majestic bakery shop makes all your dreams come true.
• Fábrica Coffee Roasters – It’s an artisanal coffee shop where you can taste all kinds of coffee aromas. If you’re into caffeine, this is the place for you.

Pubs and Night Out:
• Darwin’s Café – this café is a bar, lounge and restaurant, all rolled into one. Has a decoration that takes you to the naturalist universe of this British biologist.
• LX Factory – An old factory in Alcântara was taken to be one of the coolest and hip places in Lisbon. Alongside with architecture offices, a library and ethnic restaurants, you can relax and enjoy a drink in any of their fantastic pubs.
• Ginjinha – Actually, this is also the name of the drink that this shop sells. It’s made from a fruit dipped in aguardente, this sweet tang shop began in 1840.
• Pensão Amor – This pub is for lovers or someone who wants to get a drink with friends in a sexy place.
• Bairro Alto, Alfama, Martim Moniz and Cais do Sodré – These are the names of two of locals in Lisbon. The reason why we put them together is because they are so near from one another that the fun extends from one side to the other. Dozens of pubs offer you beer, ethnic drinks, whiskey, cocktails and music.

This is our summarized list. If you are a digital nomad you can take your computer, your camera and your work to any of the above places because, yes, most of them have Wi-Fi. For someone who works abroad, Lisbon is a very beautiful, sunny and relaxing city – the perfect place for digital nomads.
By the way, since you have your smartphone with you, download now for free the Hand2Hand app here, because you really must take to your next destination some Portuguese products that this city can offer you.

Hope you all took notes, see you next time,
The Hand2Hand Team.

Hand2Hand’s Web Summit ‘17 Tour

Hand2Hand’s Web Summit ‘17 Tour

This is the year of 2017 and Hand2Hand is going great!

Most might think that this is our first international event, but it’s not. We’ve attended the fantastic WEBIT, Sofia – Bulgaria, the beautiful Unbound, London – England. And now, we’ve been in the awesome Web Summit, Lisbon – Portugal.

As we told you all before, this idea began in February this year, when the two founders of Hand2Hand discover a gap in our world: traveling means spending money, people always want to have stuff that some of the times are too expensive in their country and other times is not available, or the payment method is not safe. Hand2Hand solves all these problems. We make every shopper happy with their buys and every travel profitable.

History Summit

The Web Summit company started a few years ago, in 2009, with the name Dublin Web Summit. It was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey and David Kelly.

This event is the biggest in Europe and embrace several worldwide tech companies and start-ups, along with known CEOs, persons of global interest, investors from all over the world and attendees interested in making partnerships or just with an enormous curiosity of seeing what’s really new in this world.

Web Summit is also responsible for many global events of this area like Collision in New Orleans, RISE in Hong Kong, F.ounders in Dublin, MoneyConf in Madrid and SURGE in Bangalore.

Pre- Stand A606

This 9th edition felt like we were not only going to present our idea once again to the world, but also that we were really a part of this event, after all, we’re Portuguese and we were playing at home.

Over 60.000 people attended to the event and since day one, we just figured that it would be awesome.

The waiting lines were moving fast, along with our heart beats, and as soon as we got into the first pavilion everything came to surface:

Pitch – check

Elevator pitch – also check

Badges – yes, we have

Smile – yap

All good? – LET’S GO, DUDE!!!

We were only exhibiting our stand at the last day. Many can think it would be terrible. The thing is that, like this, we had space enough in the first days to grow our contacts, make some networking, establish great partnerships with other companies and startups and enjoy the event itself.

Those first days were crazy, a lot of exposure from us brought interviews in the social media, people that wanted to meet our team and also great opportunities to meet and talk to global investors interested in our work.

About those first days, Pedro Almeida, Co-Founder and CTO of Hand2Hand says, ‘’It was an intense experience. I had high expectations for the event as we had been planning carefully our actions beforehand. We knew who we wanted to reach out or meet personally.’’.

Stand A606

So, you already can figure that we inverted what most people think about the last day: we gathered contacts, investors, partners and attendees on every way we could and it worked. Everyone went to our stand on the last day of the event to meet us, to know more about Hand2Hand and to find what they can expect about this all new Borderless Marketplace.

But, if I might say, it was even better. Not only all those people showed up, but also a lot of others came to know our app. It was terrific to see all that interest, all those people walking and suddenly stop to snap a picture of our stand, our name, grab a flyer and a card and talk to us saying that we really solved a problem in their lives, that they now can buy products faster, safer and cheaper or profit with their travels by selling any item and delivering it in their next travel destination. Digital nomads, flight attendants, pilots, travelers, all kinds of people.

We also achieved great partnerships with great companies of hostels, hotels and travel agencies from all around the world. We’re growing so fast that is even hard to tell you all how much we’re happy.

Pedro Vilela, Co-Founder and CMO of Hand2Hand say about this day that “What surprised me the most was the enormous quantity of travelers that recognized how useful Hand2Hand is. It was a great proud for me, and for us, the congratz words we received and the amount of fans we gained through the all event.”.

If you were not able to attend Web Summit ’17, Lisbon, and you didn’t get to know us, let me say that you have a chance to do so here, on our website, where we show you our Team, what we do and who we are. Our website also explains to you how our app works and all the benefits you have in carrying us in your smartphone. Also, you can download the Hand2Hand free app here.

We can’t end this post without thanking to Web Summit for this amazing opportunity, our partners and future partners for their interest, investors and possible investors for their commitment when talking to us and, of course, all those people that were so enthusiastic about our app that really downloaded there, in our very own stand.

Thank you all so much. We’ll keep growing,

The Hand2Hand Team

Web Summit Tour da Hand2Hand

Web Summit Tour da Hand2Hand

Estamos no ano de 2017 e a Hand2Hand não podia estar a correr melhor!

A maioria pode pensar que este é o nosso primeiro evento internacional, mas não é. Nós já estivemos presentes na fantástica WEBIT, em Sofia – Bulgária, na maravilhosa Unbound, Londres – Inglaterra. E agora nós estivemos na fantástica Web Summit, Lisboa – Portugal.

Como anteriormente publicámos no nosso blog, esta ideia começou em Fevereiro deste ano, quando os dois fundadores da Hand2Hand descobriram um nicho por preencher no nosso mundo: viajar significava despesa, as pessoas queriam produtos que muitas vezes eram demasiado caros no seu país ou que nem estava disponível para venda, ou não confiavam no método de pagamento. A Hand2Hand resolve todos estes problemas. Nós fazemos os nossos compradores satisfeitos com o que adquirem e cada viagem torna-se possível de lucrar.

History Summit:

A empresa Web Summit começou à uns anos atrás, em 2009, com o nome Dublin Web Summit. Foi fundada por Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey e David Kelly.

Este evento é o maior que existe na Europa e dele fazem parte várias companhias e start-ups mundiais direcionadas à tecnologia, a par de conhecidos CEOs, pessoas de relevância global, investidores de todos os cantos do mundo e outros presentes interessados em fazer parcerias ou simplesmente conhecer o que existe de topo nesta categoria.

A Web Summit é também responsável por eventos globais desta área como por exemplo Collision em Nova Orleães, RISE em Hong Kong, F.ounders em Dublin, MoneyConf em Madrid e SURGE em Bangalore.

Pré- Stand A606:

Esta 9ª edição dava a parecer que nós não só iriamos apresentar a nossa ideia mais uma vez ao mundo, mas também que faríamos parte deste mesmo evento. Afinal de contas, nós somos portugueses e estávamos a jogar em casa.

Cerca de 60.000 pessoas compareceram ao evento e desde esse primeiro dia que tivemos a sensação que iria ser fantástico.

As filas de espera moviam-se rapidamente, assim como o bater dos nossos corações ansiosos e assim que entrámos no primeiro pavilhão, tudo começou a surgir:

Pitch – check

Elevator Pitch – também check

Credenciais – sim, temos

Sorriso – yap

Tudo certo? – VAMOS EMBORA!!!!!

Iriamos apenas exibir o nosso stand no ultimo dia do evento. Existem pessoas que certamente pensaram que iria ser terrível. O que aconteceu foi que nós conseguimos ter tempo suficiente logo nos primeiros dias para aumentar os nossos contactos, fazer networking, começar grandes parcerias com outras empresas e start-ups e ainda aproveitar o evento em si.

Os primeiros dias foram de loucos, a nossa elevada exposição a tantos meios e pessoas trouxe-nos entrevistas com a comunicação social, pessoas que queriam conhecer a nossa equipa e também grandes oportunidades de conhecer e falar com investidores de todo o mundo interessados na Hand2Hand.

Em relação aos primeiros dias, Pedro Almeida, Co-Fundador e CTO da Hand2Hand, diz, “Foi uma experiência intensa, Tinhamos grandes expectativas já que planeamos cuidadosamente as nossas ações com antecedência. Sabíamos quem queríamos alcançar e conhecer pessoalmente.”.

Stand A606

Portanto, já todos entenderam que invertemos o que a maior parte das pessoas pensa em relação ao último dia: nós juntámos contactos, investidores, parceiros e pessoas presentes de todos os lados e maneiras que podíamos, e conseguimos. Todos foram ao nosso stand no ultimo do evento para nos conhecer, para se informarem melhor sobre a Hand2Hand e saber o que poderiam contar deste novo Mercado Sem Fronteiras.

Mas, deixem-me acrescentar, foi ainda melhor do que o que parece. Não só todas essas pessoas apareceram, como também muitas outras vieram conhecer a nossa app. Foi maravilhoso ver todas estas pessoas interessadas, a caminharem e de repente pararem para tirar uma fotografia ao nosso stand, ao nosso nome, agarrar num panfleto e num cartão e falarem connosco dizendo que nós realmente resolvemos um problema das suas vidas, porque agora podem comprar produtos mais rapidamente, de forma segura e barata ou que passaram a ter uma maneira de lucrar com as suas viagens a partir da venda de artigos e entregá-los no seu próximo destino de viagem. Nómadas digitais, hospedeiras de bordo, pilotos de avião, viajantes, todos os tipos de pessoas.

Também conseguimos parcerias maravilhosas com grandes empresas de cadeias de hostels, hotéis e agências de viagens de cariz global. Estamos a crescer tão rapidamente que é difícil expressar o quão felizes estamos.

Pedro Vilela, Co-Fundador e CMO da Hand2Hand, diz sobre este dia “O que mais gostei no dia da nossa exposição do stand foi a quantidade de pessoas que viajam e que viram a enorme utilidade da Hand2Hand. Foi um enorme orgulho a chuva de parabéns e novos fãs que ganhámos durante o evento.”.

Se não te foi possível comparecer na Web Summit ’17, Lisboa, e não conseguiste conhecer-nos, deixa-me dizer que tens a possibilidade de o fazer aqui no nosso website, onde damos a conhecer a nossa equipa, o que fazemos e o que somos. O nosso website também explica como a nossa app funciona e todas as suas benesses que existem ao nos transportar no seu smartphone. Também, podes descarregar gratuitamente a app Hand2Hand aqui.

Não podemos acabar esta publicação sem agradecer à Web Summit por esta oportunidade fantástica, aos nossos parceiros e futuros parceiros pelo seu interesse, aos investidores e possíveis investidores pelo seu compromisso quando nos abordaram e, claro, a todas as pessoas que se mostraram entusiasmadas em relação à nossa app e que chegaram a descarrega-la no próprio momento, ali mesmo no nosso stand.

Muito obrigado. Continuaremos a crescer,

A Equipa Hand2Hand

Hand2Hand on Erasmus

Hand2Hand on Erasmus

After we wrote articles in our blog talking about fashion, packing, hostels, and so on, today we’ll talk about something very different
but which requires our maximum attention.
If you’re on Erasmus, if you’ll be on Erasmus or simply want to know more about this
amazing experience, this blog post is for you.
We all know that studying and embrace a life of achieving more knowledge for
yourself is the best way for you to get professional results and actually turn your life pretty well.
The Erasmus Program is a fantastic experience that blows your all life away. Usually, the far
you get from your home-culture, the best you’ll guarantee all the time spent in this adventure.

Erasmus – A Bit of History

The Erasmus Protocol, or Erasmus Program, was born in the year of 1987 and have as
main objective, until today, the support for college students, providing international mobility
between the Countries Members of the European Union and the associated countries. The idea
is to make possible for every student in the world to come across this borderless adventure, in
search for knowledge, experience and the opening of new horizons.

 

The name given to this educational protocol come from the Dutch Erasmus of
Rotterdam, the known dogmatic philosopher that studied and worked in several European
countries and which left all his fortune to the Basel’s University.
E.R.A.S.M.U.S also means European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of
University Students.

Erasmus – The Protocol that Revolutionized Europe

When picked this subject for this article, I had from the first moment the idea that was
so important to speak about the revolution that this program originated in all the college
students. The experiences that they don’t forget, the know-how they learn, the life they embrace,
the sacrifices they make, the parties that become memories forever on their minds. However, I
must admit, when I started to write this caption I came across with the impression that this idea,
as for itself, is not good enough and it wouldn’t bring justice to the deep changes we see, and
feel, in the European context.
The Erasmus Program, by fomenting the students growth (in every way), is making a
huge change in the socio-economic panorama lived in all European communities.

 

 

Truth is that these students take Home, or wherever they go in the future, different kinds of life and work
concepts – many times even better than the originals due to the time they have to reflect -, new
worries that they recognize as real problems and a maximized will to fix them by believing that
‘yes, it’s must be possible’.
We can easily say that, this way, there is an obvious multicultural exchange done by
young students who are willing to learn, to recognize, to globalize and to make this world a
better place.

Erasmus – The Reality Behind Fun

 

 

In addition to all the points we talked before about knowledge and study, we must also
say that fun is a part of this educational program. With a new country, or city, come new
adventures, new streets to discover, new people to talk to, new nights to explore, new days with
new suns. And its worth. It worth because that’s all part of the growing, as a person, of each
student.
But not everything is just easy as going out at to bar and order the local drink all night.
Freedom is not always an easy thing to manage of to face. Therefore, allow me to present you
some points we find interesting to discuss about this matter:

1.Picking the Erasmus location – you all can understand that this would be
something easy to decide, but if we analyze this closely, it gets tricky. There are so
many European cities and on the top of them we can find some like Lisbon, Porto,
Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Oxford, London, Warsaw, among others.
So, please, pick one choosing by the prestige, employability, sun, beer, etc.;

2.Take care of the paper work – is not as hard as it might sounds. It could be a lot
of papers to deal with, depending on the level of bureaucracy involved, but actually
the majority of it is based on the ‘copy-paste’ concept;

3.Find a place to stay – depending on the countries where you’re moving to, the
real task to find a place to call ‘home’ can be quite hard, especially when you don’t know the country or the main language.  However, I advise you to talk to your ‘future’ college. They always
have a proper department to support all the Erasmus students, which
can tell you what and where to look for, making this task easier for
you.

4.Meeting your new home – an essential point. Get the weather information,
know what is the local language and how works the public transportations service.
After that, you can go meet your house (and maybe your roommates) and it’s time for
you to start learning your way to college, what is the nearest hospital, supermarkets
and groceries stores for food and basic products (and bars with cheap drinks, good
parties, the best music,…….). And if you’re thinking to come to Lisbon, don’t forget
to taste our very own famous cocktail, the Hand2Hand.

Got everything? Great!! Now, get the free download of the Hand2Hand app here
because things are going to get real and you can profit with your travel. Assuring some extra
money while on Erasmus is always nice!!

5.Planning your flight – now you know the day when your classes begin, now you
know when you must do the check-in at your place. It’s time to think to schedule your
flight with some time in advance. Make sure you don’t have any late time surprises
and take the best prices you can. Before packing, make sure you leave some empty
space and remember to snap a picture of some local products of your own country and
post them on Hand2Hand. When you arrive at your destination, you just have to
deliver it and receive your payment right away.

6.Planning your budget – while planning your budget, I must tell you, you’ll
never get the right number. Therefore, make an estimate based on this: you’ll need
money for the public transportations, your staying, your everyday basis (like hygiene,
food and parties), money to visit the city and maybe some extra to take a mini course
of the local language, if you’re interested!! To help in your budget, again, Hand2Hand is here: with the money you already received in your travel, you can certainly count on
some extra help. Remember that the more sales you do on the Hand2Hand app, the
more you profit without doing anything and more things you’ll be able to do while on
this adventure.

 

 

Don’t forget that while on vacations or by coming Home definitely, you can always
take some ‘souvenirs’ to sell, of course. All you have to do is snap a picture of any product you
find, add a small description, introducing your price and wait a moment ‘till someone accepts
you offer.
As you see, Hand2Hand can be very handy in every situation, even if you’re an
Erasmus student. Don’t forget that the Hand2Hand app is free, make you profit, that the
possibilities are infinite and that you can download it right here.

Have a good travel, study well and have fun!!
The Hand2Hand Team