Week three in Slovenia was incredible! The heat wave continued as people's professional collaboration heated up.
Britanny and Hannah led a session on Pro Pods, a new initiative we kicked off this week. The idea is that people get put into groups of 3 - 4 people to meet once a week and discuss their professional goals. The hope is that, over time, these people will know each other's goals and keep each other honest about working to accomplish them.
While Pro Pods get started, we also surveyed the group to find out what skills everybody had and what skills everybody wanted to learn. We are now organizing sessions for people with skills others want to learn to teach other Remotes. These are called Twerk-shops and there will be about two per week.
One recent success story of this emphasis on professional is from Katelyn, Kimmoy and Fernanda. They all wanted to find more opportunities to help brands tell their story through travel-based content, so they put their heads together to get it done. They have been pitching all kinds of companies on working together to create content to tell stories and finally landed their first client this week, the Slovenian government. Their project is to travel around Slovenia and document their findings to create buzz for Slovenian tourism. Their campaign lives on the social networks and you can find out more with the hashtag #ifeelsLOVEnia
Fernanda working on her new project.
We hosted Mladen Dakic for a lunch and learn. Mladen is chief strategy officer of COINVEST, a platform used to connect startups and investors in South-East Europe.
Throughout the week, Remotes found some fun places to get work done.
Anuja and Geeti hosted the second Food For Thought event in a local Slovenian home. They teamed up with April to show locals how Creole's cook with a huge meal featuring authentic gumbo.
The ladies did a ladies night of Acro-Yoga, which is acrobatics combined with yoga.
A small group went mountain biking on Wednesday. It was much harder than any of them expected and many came back with bruises all over, but they looked really cool doing it.
Fabio led the group in a meditation called the 'Love Meditation', which included breathing, singing, dancing and hugging.
Stacey and Kevin organized a side trip for people to visit Zagreb in Croatia. Since they got there on a work day, they checked out ZIP, a local incubator, to get some work done and connect with the local tech scene.
Meanwhile back in Ljubljana, we had a Salsa class.
This weekend was the annual Pivo (beer) and Burger Fest in Ljubljana.
A group of Remotes did a pot-luck dinner together and made authentic indian food.
The group of Remotes that went to Zagreb headed to Plitvice Lakes National Park. From Wikipedia:
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register.
The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.
The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90% of this area is part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10% is part of Karlovac County.
Each year, more than 1.1 million visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to variable charges, up to 180 kuna or around $32USD per adult in peak season. Strict regulations apply.
Nicki did a solo trip through Italy.
Group massage to relax once they got back to Zagreb.
In Ljubljana, a group went to the pool to cool off from the heat wave.
Kayaking crew from Zagreb.
On Sunday, Hannah led us to Lake Bled, one of the most recommended activities in Slovenia.