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    Travel Q&A with Yasmin from We are Nodes

    Get to know the sisters behind We are Nodes
    Part 1: The big sister

    Name: Yasmin Tilles
    Age:
    29 (“The big sister”)
    City: Stockholm, Sweden
    Occupation: Working as PR and Marketing Manager at IT security-startup Detectify
    Passions: Entrepreneurship and building businesses, digital marketing, travelling (obviously), planning (I’m a project manager-freak who plans my whole existence in various to do-lists), and drinking coffee on my balcony.

    We are Nodes Exploring Lisbon

    Your Best Trip?

    There are SO many unforgettable trips to choose between, but here’s two trips that has left a big impression on me:

    1) A work trip I made to San Francisco and New York in 2013 while I was working at IDG Sweden and Webbdagarna. I joined the IDG US event team in San Francisco for the annual Macworld/iWorld conference, a huge event targeting Apple users and partners, for a week of intensive and fun work. Later, I took the plane over to NY where I stayed with my friend Bess (who I became friends with when we both were studying Spanish in Madrid), and enjoyed another week of meetings, events and sightseeing in the city. I remember walking around downtown, jumping between inspiring meetings with NY- based startups like Holstee and other prominent web experts, looking up at the skyscrapers and feeling so alive and filled with energy.


    With IDG:s awesome and legendary founder Patrick McGovern at the Macworld Conference 

    Jumping between meetings in NY 

    Love New York!

    I was mainly working with the Speaker Lounge at MacWorld. And yes, Ashton Kutcher was one of the speakers (since he played Steve Jobs in the movie about the Apple founder), but I didn’t run into him on site.

    2) Not a trip, but more a travel experience that’s very special to me is when Sheida and I moved to Barcelona in 2008, 10 years ago! Not only was it our first abroad experience together, but my GAWD how much we experienced during those months in Barcelona. We rented two rooms in an apartment close to Sagrada Familia, worked together, spent a lot of time partying, getting to know people, going on excursions (our local flatmate was always surprised by the places we explored when we were off work). Barcelona will always be special to me, especially since both me and Sheida grew up a lot during our time there.

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    A very old photo of Sheida and I from Barcelona, it seems we liked to match outfits back then… 

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    Haha love this image of my room in Barcelona that I found when writing on this blog post. The funny thing is that Sheida slept in my bed the first night, since we hadn’t really decided if we trusted our flatmate yet (he turned out to be a great guy). 

    Favorite travel memory?

    Spending a night in the jungle in Costa Rica in 2015. Long story short; We arrived to the wrong hotel in the middle of the night and  in the middle of the jungle, but somehow we managed to convince the hotel owners to let us sleep in their open air show room. Definitely one of my travel highlights!

    When my friend Linnéa and I visited Pointe des Almadies, the most western point of Africa, during our volunteer trip in Dakar, Senegal. Pointe des Almadies was the perfect way to escape the crazy and loud citylife in Dakar, and the place made us come back twice for its quiet surroundings and fresh oysters.

    We visited Pointe des Almadies during a volunteer trip we did to an orphanage in Senegal. 

    Sheida and I have spent many months in Cannes, but one thing we never get tired of is the magical sunrises over there. I love the memories of those nights when we had a blast at the club, and then walked home while talking about the evening as the sun went up.

    We are Nodes Cannes Sunrise

    What’s the best and worst part about traveling with you sister?

    Worst part is that we push each other’s buttons and therefore argue a lot (fortunately for us, we make up as quickly). Best part is that we are a great travel team. We enjoy spending vacations in the same way. We value the small things in life and easily fall into simple travel habits when we are away.  For example, one of our favorite parts of staying in Paris for one summer, was the very simple breakfast-picnics we had in the next door park every morning. We have so many unforgettable memories together. Travelling is truly what has made us so close.

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    Your best travel hacks?

    1. Do some good research, skip the regular Trip Advisor-tips and search for “city + blog” (not biased here at all hehe) for some travel blogger input, and don’t forget Instagram as a great source for travel inspiration!

    2) If possible, stay in cities for a longer period. The difference staying 4 weeks in a city instead of one is HUGE. That’s how you really get to know locals and the city, and have enough time to create your own habits. A less touristy experience of a city. If you don’t have so many vacation days, try asking your manager if you can work remotely. I’m a true supporter of the work and travel-concept!

    3) If you’re staying in a city for a longer period and need to find somewhere to stay; try searching for apartment in less known, preferably local, sites and forums (i.e. not Airbnb). That way you could find flats/rooms for better prices. For instance, when Sheida and I were looking for a flat in Cannes to rent for two months, we used AngloInfo France (the Riviera forum). The result: We found this amazing flat with two rooms and its own patio, in the middle of Cannes, for a very good price! We kept going back to this apartment year after year!

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    Cannes 2012: We did our life admin, side projects and travel research in the patio…We are Nodes

    …and drank a lot of coffee and hanged out with the cat.
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    Photo from our first day in Cannes that summer, the international advertising festival Cannes Lions was in town and tech giants hosted parties and mingles throughout the city. 

    Your favorite weekend destination?

    Barcelona, New York and my latest favorite Lisbon.

    #TBNewYork 


    Photo from a previous work trip to New York, this is me and my former colleague John with the inventor of World Wide Web, Sir Tim Bernes-Lee at the Webby Awards Afterparty. 

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    Photos from my weekend trip to Lisbon last year.

    Your favorite party destination?

    Cannes for sure (read our Cannes guide here). And we’re not the only ones to like the city during summer…
    Bob Sinclair Gotha Cannes

    Bob Sinclair spinning records at Gotha Club, Cannes

    Nervo We are Nodes CannesWith DJ Nervo
    Paris Hilton Cannes We are NodesParis Hilton had some good Cannes-vibes at Le Palais
    Avicii Baoli Beach Cannes We are NodesAvicii made the roof lift at Baoli Beach
    French Riviera We are NodesBeach parties with friends (this pic is from St Tropez though, read more here

    Have you ever visited a city that didn’t live up to your expectations?

    Paris is a very nice city that I really have tried to fall in love with, but it just doesn’t work. Sheida and I rented a studio in Le Marais for one summer, and I have been there several times for weekends and work trips, but Paris and I just don’t click. There plenty of fun and wonderful things to do, but it’s just not my city of choice.

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    It’s not you, Paris, it’s me… Or is it?

    What are your travel plans for 2017?

    So far, I’ve been in Gdansk,  Riga and Helsinki. Rest of the year will be spent with an epic road trip to Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia this summer. A traditional visit to Finland to visit relatives, and hopefully both Athens and Italy. If possible, I’d love to squeeze in Tel Aviv, it seems like cool city!

    Espa Riga We are NodesPhotos from our spa trip to Riga in February 2017

    That’s all for now, follow me (Yasmin) on Twitter/Instagram @yasmintilles to keep up with my latest updates!

    Next up, we will get to know Lil’ sis a little better. Stay tuned!

  • Central America

    3 Things You Don’t Want To Miss In Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is ranked one of the most popular international destinations and having spent a couple of weeks there – we can clearly see why. Very few countries offer the same wide variety of activities, wilderness and scenery, and the locals’ hospitality and pura vida-attitude quickly puts a permanent smile on your face.

    Santa Teresa is one of Costa Rica’s most visited destinations. The village is mostly known for its magical sunsets and amazing surfing, and those two alone are worth putting Santa Teresa on your roadmap. But the city is more than a surfer’s paradise. We can almost guarantee that there is something for everyone in this Central America located gem. The village is crowded of tourists during high season and the pulse is higher than in many other places in Costa Rica. Here are We are Nodes’ top 3 list of  things to do in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica! 

    Banana Beach Restaurant 

    If Banana Beach Restaurant does not get you into vacation mode, nothing ever will. The beach club is one of the hot-spots in Santa Teresa, located next to the beach, and is perfect for both late night exotic dinners as well as chill day hangouts. Cool down under the palm trees while sipping on tropical drinks and watch surfers as they hit the waves.
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    Address: Villa Bonita Dr, Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 2640 1117
    Banana Beach Restaurant on Tripadvisor 

    Hotel Vista de Olas

    If you are into infinity pools and extraordinary views, you need to put Hotel Vista de Olas on your list. The pool is open for both hotel guests and visitors (you pay an entrance fee of 16 dollars which can be used to purchase food and drinks). Lay back and enjoy the lounge music that gradually turns up during the day  – and why not catch the sunset from this mountaintop hotel and restaurant. It’s going to leave you speechless!

    The easiest way to get to Vista de Olas is to take a taxi there since it is located on top of a mountain a little outside of the city centre. Even though they serve food, the hotel is best suited for drinks and snacks – save your money for any of the restaurants in the city center instead.IMG_1520 IMG_1522

    Address: Vista de Olas, 160 5361, Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 2640 0183
    Website: http://www.vistadeolas.com/

    The amazing sunsets

    “After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”

    When adding Santa Teresa’s spectacular sunsets to that beach experience, you could not agree more with the quote above. The famous sunsets are even more spectacular in real life. This is by far the best part about Santa Teresa, so we urge you to breathe in the atmosphere together with other  travelers, surfers and locals.IMG_4349IMG_3408IMG_4346 IMG_4348
    Stay tuned for more travel tips in Costa Rica!