A Spanish friend of mine reliably informs me that the word friki means ‘geek’.
I have verified this with Google Translate and I confirm it to be 100% true.
Part of our adventure involves me being a ‘Digital Nomad’ (it’s a thing, honest, check out this amazing website). Research on that site was one of the reasons we chose Valencia and Prague as our first destinations.
I’m no stranger to working remotely – I’ve been doing it for years now, and in Bristol I only went to the office two days a week and worked from home the other three days.
So, although I’m used to working from home, I figured that it would be a pretty dull adventure if I spent most of my days in front of a laptop never leaving the flat. So I was adamant that I should find a co-working space to work from whilst in Valencia.
You may remember I wrote a little bit about Geekshubs in my first blog post. Since then I’ve really settled into working there, and go there almost every day to work now.
A couple of weeks ago I was moved to the official “English speaking area”. I don’t think that was intentional, they just needed to move some of us around to fit a bigger team into the office. But I now find myself sat with an Englishman, and Irishman and a Spanishman (officially I think the term is Spaniard but it’s a horrible word – sounds insulting somehow!).
Sitting at my desk to my left is Antonio, originally from Valencia but he’s lived all over, most recently with his Irish wife in London. He came to Geekshubs a few days after I did and I’ve sat next to him ever since.
To be honest, he strikes me as the Spanish equivalent of a modern-day Del Boy. He’s such an entrepreneur, he’s done all sorts. He literally rocked up to Geekshubs without a job, but with a blank slate – and it’s been fascinating watching him start a new business from scratch.
Also on our table is Tim, an uncommonly well travelled man given he’s from Norfolk. He’s an app developer who’s currently working on an app in partnership with an ex-Premier League footballer who played for Norwich!
Opposite me is Stephen from Ireland. It may be a stereotype of the Irish, but Stephen is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. He seems to know everyone in the office, is fluent in Spanish and to top it all, he shares his stash of tea bags with me.
I must say, I’ve found working in a shared space like this really productive. Perhaps it’s just the effect of not working at home, but I have 5-6 hours of incredibly focused time there.
Just take a look at some of the things I’ve achieved in the month since arriving here:
- Wrote a blog post that was shared over 1,000 times in the first two weeks.
- Launched a new fortnightly Twitter chat.
- Negotiated a series of webinars to be run by an edtech consultant.
- Interviewed Kevin Eastman, the creator of the Ninja Turtles over Skype (he judged our comic competition).
- Posted a giveaway that got tweeted over 600 times.
- Wrote a project brief for a refresh of the Book Creator website, and met a local designer this week.
Not to mention got this blog up and running in my spare time!
Those of you who know me will know that I was deeply saddened when the inevitable happened and Gary Neville was sacked from his job as Valencia boss mere weeks before we arrived here.
I’d assumed that his brother Phil Neville, who was appointed as assistant manager, would also have left – but apparently not. Here’s still here! How do I know this?
Because he has the same Spanish teacher as me!!!!!
Parlotea is the name of Ruth Bardisa’s website. She’s been teaching all three of us Spanish for the past few weeks, and she’s an excellent teacher. Today she asked me what my favourite football team is and she made the connection between Everton and Phil Neville.
Here’s hoping for an introduction!
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