Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?
Basically, it all started like this.
Here I am, my video taken in the beautiful city of Porto, visiting my friend Rita Branco, of OPortoEncanta.com on the occasion of the World Food Tourism Summit as well as the Adegga WineMarket earlier this year. “Elena .. Você já fala tão bem o nosso português .. Quer ser uma das nossas palestrantes no Encontro Europeo dos Blogueiros Brasileiros?”
Of course I do want to be one of the speakers at the annual Brazilian Bloggers Congress here in Europe, taking place in another host city every year, and Porto in 2015. Rita Branco is all ears ever since our friendship started to grow and develop around this time last year, and decides to put me on the prestigious speakers’ list.
It really means something if you are asked to speak at a conference like that. The participants are Brazilian bloggers with large audiences living in different cities of Europe, telling tales about fashion, travel, everyday life and more from Dublin to Rome, from Stockholm to Lisbon, from Berlin to Barcelona. In Portuguese, that is. Naturally. Hummm … I am, just a little nervous, ahead of being asked to give this first-ever speech of mine in beautiful “português”! But then, my many speaking experiences help and I get focused again, soaking up some magic and inspiration in Porto’s most well-known bookshop, Livraria Lello ahead of time. Check this out.
The avant-garde ambiance of Porto’s “Casa da Música” (House of Music) provides the perfect frame to our networking & speaking sessions. Together with the team of the local tourism board and other attendees, more than sixty people have gathered in one of the most spectacular conference venues I have ever visited.
Here is the video I am showing as part of my speech at the Brazilian Bloggers Congress in Porto, broadcast to an international audience for the first time. Check it out for learning more about this growing global travel trend:
I do believe it says it all. “Touching … Feeling … Understanding … Learning.” You do really enter a new form of travelling when you start shifting your travel lens for the more intimate, close-up and hands-on meetings with the local people provided by creative travel. And gladly enough, the Brazilian bloggers around me have received it very well. After all, they are one of the most emotional people on the planet, aren’t they? 😉
#ItsAllAboutTheInspiration, my dear friend Sarah Lee. As you know !!
More photos, infos & emotion here:
Thank you all for coming! See you next year for the Brazilian Bloggers Congress in Berlin !!!
Foi um encontro lindo e vc ajudou muito para que fosse ainda mais interessante e especial. Obrigada, querida. Até a próxima. Beijo
Parabéns pela palestra em português e por tamanho carinho e paciência com todos nós durante o encontro.
Conhecê-la foi uma experiência incrível! E o seu livro já nos acompanha (muito bem) por aqui… Para breve envio os nossos comentários 🙂
Um grande beijo
It was great meeting you! Espero que a gente se encontre novamente, me avise se passar por Londres! beijo grande
Que honra tê-la no nosso Encontro Elena!
Tens alma portuguesa e jeitinho brasileiro 🙂 !
Obrigada por tudo e este post está lindo, como sempre!