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#HELLYES Sunset NomadX Live @ Digital Nomad Village from Madeira Island

đŸ‘‰đŸŒ Watch our last NomadX Live with Gonçalo Hall, Founder of the 1st Global Nomad Village on Madeira Island in Ponta do Sol, and other organizers and digital nomads such as Dave Huizinga, JosĂ© Crispim, Bogdan Danchuk, and others who are living and just arrived to Madeira Island. We will be discussing hot topics, things to do, and valuable insights‌

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Interview Transcription

Crispim Jose:

Hey there.

Dave Williams:

Hey guys. Hey Crispim. How have you been? Good to see you.

Crispim Jose:

What up?

Dave Williams:

Where are you calling in from Crispim? You’re in Funchal?

Crispim Jose:

Yes, I’m in Funchal, really close to, you know Old Town?

Dave Williams:

Okay.

Crispim Jose:

I’m really close to Old Town in Funchal.

Dave Williams:

Okay, perfect. Sounds awesome man. We’re excited to have you here. Thanks for joining us.

Crispim Jose:

Thank you. I’m very grateful to be here. Thank you for inviting me.

Dave Williams:

Who else do we have here? Jonathan, you’re here as well. I see you. We might have gotten Jonathan a job today because he’s a data analyst. I connected him with one of my friends in the U.S., crossing our fingers. I’m going to try to get him a U.S. pay rate.

Goncalo Hall:

That’s the best.

Dave Williams:

Exactly. Good to see you Jonathan. What’s up man? Where are you at?

Jonathan Wilkendorf:

I’m at home in Sao Martinho. The view behind me is the park that I visited, did a little filming, just to have a background for me. This park downtown.

Dave Williams:

Awesome, man. That’s fantastic. We were getting ready to go live. We’re a little bit delayed here because we had a little technical difficulty, but we are live. We were hoping to stream live. I didn’t set it up quite right. It’s my fault. We are super excited to have Gonçalo here with us, who’s on location at Ponta Do Sol. He’s going to be sharing with us the sunset and a bit about the Ponta Do Sol initiative, what it’s like on Madeira Island. We invited other nomads to join us too. I see, Eva. You’re here with us too. Where are you calling in from?

Eva Stiekema:

From Germany.

Dave Williams:

Oh hey, that’s awesome. How is it in Germany at the moment?

Eva Stiekema:

Horrible. I needed good vibes and some nice nature.

Dave Williams:

Fantastic. Thank you so much for joining us. Awesome to have you here. We’ve got this whole initiative we’re launching in Ponta Do Sol that’s really Gonçalo’s brainchild. He’s been working with the government. It just launched on Monday. The coworking space opens on Thursday. We wanted to share with you all what it looks like from there, because we’re hoping that we’ll get a lot of people to come join us at some point. The initiative’s running through the end of June. We just started on Monday, to the end of June. Hopefully, we’ll get extended. It’s super exciting. Gonçalo, you’ve been telling me a bit about what you guys have been up to, a lot of really nice dinners and some hikes.

Goncalo Hall:

Yes, man. We arrived on Sunday. People are already here. We have around 50 people already in the village. A small village, it looks like a crowd. It’s enough to meet people in the cafes, meet people in the restaurants. We’ve been enjoying some sunsets. We have here a couple of beach bars. If you don’t know, Poncha is the national drink. It’s the most important drink in Madeira. You need to know this, because if you come, you will drink a lot of Poncha. Yeah, just meeting up for dinner, early dinner around five. Coworking is ready. We’re just Installing. Lunching together, dinner together, it looks like a small family. After four days here, I can’t believe it. We actually already meet all the restaurant owners. They know, they tell us what they have special. They already do something special for us which is quite cool sometimes for vegan people. They already have some vegan dishes, as well. Just enjoying the vibe. And I just want to make you a little bit envy because I will show you the prices of the drinks here on the beach bar. We are right at the beach at Ponta Do Sol and this is the drink menu. You can see here, Caipirinha, is 3,50 and Mojito is 3,50. If you’re not convinced yet, if for some reason you are not already booking your flight, now is the time to do it, because Mojitos are 3,50. I can guarantee you they are really, really, really, really good. It’s all about building a good community, of course. A little bit of alcohol can’t hurt, but it’s also about working. We have the coworking space. People are working outside. We have an ocean view from the coworking space. A lot of good vibes, small villages, a lot of invites, basically. That’s what we are aiming for.

Dave Williams:

Awesome. I’ve heard about the Ponchas. What is in the Poncha? Do you know? Is that a secret?

Goncalo Hall:

That’s a very dangerous question. It’s a sugar-cane drink with honey, then they can mix anything, for example, you can have lemon, with squeezed lemon on the Poncha, and that works really well. You can have other things like this, like simple passion fruit. Here in this country, passion fruit is very big. I have the police after me because I’m without the mask. Masks are mandatory guys, be safe. There is nobody here around me so I took off the mask because people are already at home. Poncha is an important part of the social life in Madeira. Be sure that you try it out and we’ll make sure you try it out round here because it’s almost mandatory.

Dave Williams:

That’s fantastic. Who else do we have on the live with us here? I saw Jonathan, Eva, we have Debra. Hello, Debra. Debra’s here. Where are you calling in from Debra?

Debra Fear:

Hi, I’m calling in from Estoril.

Dave Williams:

Estoril, awesome. You’re local, mainland.

Debra Fear:

Yes. Since October, yes. It’s a bit boring because of lockdown. 

Dave Williams:

Awesome. Where are you from originally?

Debra Fear:

I’m born in Northern Ireland, moved around a bit, so I’ve got a British accent. I’m an artist and I was very curious to see how this digital nomad village works.

Dave Williams:

Awesome. Great to have you on the show here.

Debra Fear:

Thank you.

Dave Williams:

Looks like we have Bogdan here as well. Hey, Bogdan how are you doing?

Bogdan:

Hey, awesome. Calling you from Savoy Palace, couldn’t be any better.

Dave Williams:

You’re in Funchal, that’s right?

Bogdan:

That’s true.

Dave Williams:

That’s great. Let’s see here, just checking out everyone who’s online. Let’s see, Dave Huizinga, I see you’re here too. You were going to join us. You’re on the island in Madeira as well. That’s right. Where are you located, Dave?

Dave Huizinga:

We stay in Eigenaar van Calheta. We have here three houses for rental, normally for tourists. We started to join this initiative through Gonçalo by making sure that we have different rates so people could join the whole event here on Madeira. I think in 48 hours after Gonçalo put us on the website all houses were fully booked. We have now our own little nomad village here with people from Germany and Estonia. They are staying here with us, for at least two months, some of them for even longer. It’s worked really well out and it’s nice to meet them. I think we have a nice group here. Two days ago we had our first barbecue night together. We made our own little nomad village here.

Dave Williams:

Awesome, that’s fantastic. How many people did you say you have?

Dave Huizinga:

One house is occupied by a single person, the other two by couples. We have five in total. We have a place for normally 12 if you come as a group. We have Swenian and Marian, they occupy the house. That’s Marian, that normally fits eight, but they have but the two of them.

Dave Williams:

All right. That’s fantastic. It’s great to have you on the show. We want to have some locals here. What’s that Gonçalo?

Goncalo Hall:

Marion may or not have been launching today with us in Ponta Do Sol. I don’t want to confirm, but they may have joined us, today, for lunch here in the nice restaurant. Right, Marian?

Marian:

Maybe, yes. Perfect, perfect lunch in Ponta Do Sol.

Dave Williams:

How awesome. When did you arrive? Marian?

Marian:

We arrived on the 10th of January and as Dave said, we are able to stay in one of their houses. It’s a really perfect, beautiful house, beautiful location and a lot of nice people around.

Dave Williams:

Awesome. Where did you come from?

Marian:

Germany, as well.

Dave Williams:

Germany. All right. We’ve got a lot of Germans. They all love Portugal.

Marian:

Yeah, we love Turkey and Portugal, yes.

Dave Williams:

Let’s see if we have anyone else here that I recognize. Some new names, some new faces. We’re actually recording this. We’re going to push the recording live after the video. It’s great to see you all. Thanks for joining us. Sorry about that.

Eva Stiekema:

With the covid situation over there, it seems like you’re all doing pretty much normal. Right? What’s it like?

Goncalo Hall:

There are some regulations. You need to wear a mask outside, unless you are sitting in the restaurant or something. Restaurants are open indoor and outdoor. Things are pretty much open. There is currently, because there was a little bit surge, the cases after Christmas pretty much everywhere in the world. We have a curfew right now during the weekdays from seven p.m. I need to go home in 15 minutes. I’ll show you the rest of the sunset from my balcony. I can assure you it’s not too bad. Masks are mandatory everywhere. Police are really enforcing that. Right now there is nobody here, that’s why I can be a little bit more relaxed. But besides that, oh, and weekends at six. Things are pretty much open. Gyms are open. Things are open. We need to be careful. We need to be mindful like everywhere else. Be mindful that you are traveling. You are leaving another community. That’s pretty much it. We have a pretty normal life until seven p.m. to be honest.

Eva Stiekema:

You can meet up with people and stuff?

Goncalo Hall:

Yes. There are limits for groups, even in tables. Right now it’s five because Madeira will not lock down because they’re going down. This is the worst they can have. They limit the group because there were some illegal parties going on around the mountains. So they limited the groups to five. We do have, for example, we do have around 20 people here having dinner at five. English dinner. It was completely okay because we were all in tables divided by four, all with social distancing. If you take that in consideration, yes, it’s possible to do small events. Again, just be mindful and be careful. We just want to connect.

Eva Stiekema:

Great. Sounds good.

Goncalo Hall:

The best we can do for now, I guess.

Eva Stiekema:

In Germany, it’s super isolated. You can’t see anybody.

Goncalo Hall:

In the mainland in Portugal, where Dave is, there is a lot going on. Here, fortunately, we are a little bit lucky because it’s easier to control. There is a mandatory test on the ride home, a PCR test. You can do it here for free. You don’t have to pay for it, which is quite cool. The government pays for it, actually. That’s quite good. This has been in place since April. This means that we were usually able to control if someone comes with a positive covid, we were able to control it quite fast. That is the reason why the cases now have surged, almost everywhere. That’s the way we control it. Of course, limiting the party is very, very important.

Eva Stiekema:

Right. Thank you. Sounds great. I want to come over.

Goncalo Hall:

Come, just pull the trigger.

Eva Stiekema:

When it’s possible to travel, then for sure.

Goncalo Hall:

Where are you Eva?

Eva Stiekema:

In Cologne.

Goncalo Hall:

Oh, it’s possible. You have direct flights from some cities in Germany, actually. It’s even easier to travel from Germany than from Portugal, right now.

Bogdan:

Yeah, in fact we have right now, about 10 people arriving from at the hotel for digital nomads, from Germany, on a flight together, at the moment. Five arrived yesterday. So it’s definitely possible.

Goncalo Hall:

Yeah, there are direct flights.

Crispim Jose:

I’m sorry. Do you have any idea how the rules are or how people get out of the island?

Goncalo Hall:

It’s always changing, but right now you can just leave the island. You have to be sure that the rules are okay in the place where you arrive. Meaning, a lot of places won’t allow you to travel without the PCR test or antigen test. It’s more about the place where you arrive than it’s rules from here. From here you can fly freely, there are no restrictions to leaving the island nowadays. They advise the locals to don’t travel unless you have to, mostly because of the situation in the mainland. There is some freedom to travel and there is no restrictions on leaving.

Crispim Jose:

I’ll be flying to Madeira in two weeks, do I have some kind of permission from the company that is hiring me to go there? With that permission can I just fly there, no issue?

Goncalo Hall:

Yes, but some airlines will ask you for proof that you need to fly because right now legally, not legally, but there are some restrictions in flying to Portugal, but not Madeira. If you say that you are working from Madeira, you will be okay.

Crispim Jose:

Okay, cool. Thank you.

Goncalo Hall:

No problem, happy to help.

Dave Williams:

So I heard, Gonçalo, it says the lowest cases in the EU there are on Madeira Island. It’s open to, I think everyone in the EU is my understanding, to be able to fly in. Outside of the EU, you’ve got to be careful and check with the local rules.

Goncalo Hall:

It depends from country to country, where you come from etc. especially if you come from outside. I don’t have the answers for everyone. I’m almost becoming a Visa expert, but not yet. Not there yet. Contact your embassy in Portugal and make sure you can travel or there is a Visa, for example, D7 Visa. It’s very famous among nomads in Portugal, but be mindful and contact your embassy before you are blogged somewhere.

Dave Williams:

I heard, Gonçalo, if you register on the Digital Nomad Madeira website, you get access to Slack and on Slack, there’s a Visa channel where there’s local lawyers and experts that can help advise you. So it’s totally worth it, even if you’re not planning on coming immediately, to register on the site. You get access to accommodations, you get access to Visa, events that are going on and everything else as well. If you guys are thinking about it, I highly suggest registering. You get a lot more information that way.

Goncalo Hall:

That’s nice. Yes, that’s it.

Dave Williams:

Once you’re a part of the community, you also get access to the cowork, you get access to Slack, the events that are going on and there’s no cost to actually be part of the program.

Goncalo Hall:

Zero, that’s the goal. That’s important to be mindful the whole program is free, the coworking is free. It’s not free because we are very nice people, it’s actually protected by the government. I talk to the government. I built this project for them and the government is supporting us. The government is paying actually for the coworking space for us to be there, which is quite cool. Actually everything is free, you just need to find a flight, join us and enjoy the community, find events, throw your own event, which will be even cooler. You are really free to come. All these people are advising you. There is a picture channel, be careful with that because extreme envy. That’s because people are just walking around and then they enjoy the sunsets. Be mindful that you may be very envy. Your envy may grow and you may want to travel right away.

Dave Williams:

Gonçalo, just tell us a bit about Ponta Do Sol, so it’s a small village, right on the south of Madeira. There’s other village towns nearby too. It’s not just the Ponta Do Sol, but you can stay at nearby villages which are very easy to get to the main center there, right?

Goncalo Hall:

Yes, exactly. Actually, this village is perfect because it’s in the center between Calheta and Ribeira Brava. The two other villages are more or less 10 minutes away. Calheta, where Dave is, is actually where I was before, just 10 minutes away. Three tunnels away from here. You can stay there, come here when you want. The same for Ribeira Brava. There are a lot of small villages around here. You can see, a little bit far off. Ponta Do Sol, village center, is actually quite small, which is why I just met outside the villages, which is something really interesting and I really missed from small villages. Just super small, super beautiful. Really old. You will get the free tour now, which is cool because I am walking home as the curfew starts in five minutes and the police are right there on the beach making sure everybody goes home. Just a very small village where you can build a great community, you can meet each other, all around. Then again, Calheta, Ribeira Brava are almost our, we are in the middle of both. We can stay on both sides, join us here. Maybe we’ll do some event in Calheta. Make sure that we connect all the communities. Maybe the same in Ribeira Brava in the future. Life is good. Look at this place.

Dave Williams:

How much are the rooms there, typically? Or the villas? What are the prices people are typically paying?

Goncalo Hall:

It really depends on where the villa is and what. We have a lot of villas with pools and everything. It really depends, but on average, I would say that one bedroom apartment is around 600 euros, two bedroom apartments around 800 euros, three bedroom apartments around 1000 euros. Of course, if it has a big pool, it’s a little bit different. For example we have a four bedroom villa right now, about 400 meters from here for 1600, which is quite cool, really new villa not bad on the cliff. It depends a little bit, this is our baseline. Then it depends on what you have.

Eva Stiekema:

Is that per month? Or per week or what?

Goncalo Hall:

Per month.

Eva Stiekema:

Wow, okay.

Goncalo Hall:

Yeah, it’s per month. It starts around 600 and of course it depends on how close you are from the village center. What other amenities are around. This is with expenses included, you don’t have to pay anything else.

Dave Williams:

What about the meals, Gonçalo? I hear they have some great deals on meals in the evenings?

Goncalo Hall:

Yes. That street where I was before, I’ll keep showing you around. There are restaurants. There are three restaurants there. The meal is around eight euros. They have a discount called Prato do Dia, a dish of the day and it’s around eight euros, with drink and coffee. Main dish, drink and coffee, only eight euros, which is completely insane. We have an American here that works for Nike that told me sometimes she feels sorry when people earn so little money. That she feels bad just for paying eight euros and she always wants to give more money to people. She’s really interesting. The Corrigan’s place is there. I can’t go there because we have four minutes maybe. Meals are super inexpensive but lunch on the beach is like 12 euros to 15 euros, depending or what you eat. We have a great cafĂ© here. It has the best peanut butter pancakes. Be mindful of that. The best peanut butter pancakes. They have the best those, the best peanut butter pancakes and they are really cool. Everyone is super nice here, which is a head up.

Dave Williams:

We’d love to take any questions, if anyone has any questions for Gonçalo. The sun’s going down, we might have another five minutes or so and he wants to take us to show us the coworking space, which would be awesome. We love the walking tour, Gonçalo, this is great. I don’t even have to walk. I get to see everything.

Goncalo Hall:

I can tell you why I can’t go there because the police are at my door, because actually the police station is right at my door. I need to be careful. There is no way that I can go home without the police noticing that I am late for the curfew.

Dave Williams:

All right. Do you have any questions?

Goncalo Hall:

I’m here. No questions. We are so nice. That’s very weird. That’s very weird. I don’t believe in this.

Crispim Jose:

I don’t know, man. I’m in Funchal already. I just found out about this, a few days ago. I think it’s because Dave and because a friend of mine owns a company called An Island Apart. Do you know of it? You know the company probably. We are talking about this new movement to Madeira. I’ve been living here since August 2020. I moved from Portugal, so I was living on the mainland. I decided to give Funchal a try, mostly because of the weather and I wanted to get out of the city noise and everything else. I found a cowork place back then. Funchal downtown, but now you’re talking about this facility that’s in Ponta Do Sol, and you’re saying that it’s free?

Dave Williams:

Yes.

Crispim Jose:

What’s the minimum request or what do you have to do? Dave talked about his website. Is it enough or you need to go through some?

Goncalo Hall:

There is no application. There is no application process. [inaudible 00:31:48] We don’t want to select people. We don’t want to select the special ones to join us. I think we’ll have around 60 places, outdoor and indoor. Hopefully, it will not rain that many times. It’s free because the government is paying for it. Cowork Funchal is great. I loved it, actually. It’s a really nice cowork, I think they’re almost full. When I was there, they had two more places, which is good and bad because they’re looking for more space and this can happen the same. This is free until the end of June because the government is paying it until the end of June. Our end goal is that the locals take over and that the locals take over and the community, that they open the coworking space or that they stay with this coworking space. Then they build their business around it. It’s not free forever. It’s free because the government invested because we want people to meet Ponta Do Sol, I can tell you it’s beautiful. That’s the reason why it’s free and the reason why we don’t plan to select people. It’s weird to select people. I feel bad about it. Right now it’s open. Of course, if there is more people than places what will happen is that we will ask you, instead of coming five times, to come three times a week. Actually most of the people are coming actually just three times a week because they like the cafes. We have partnerships with them, we can work from there or work from their own homes, when they have more calls. It’s free because of this. I said this is a crucial part. When I go somewhere, I want to have a place to work from. I want to have a place where I know the internet is really good. This was an essential part of the project. That’s why we built it from the beginning. It’s a non-negotionable point for me.

Dave Williams:

How fast is the wifi? I saw a post by you, Gonçalo, it looked like it was 200 megabytes.

Goncalo Hall:

We have 500 megabytes installed right now. It’s working pretty much everywhere. There is a hotel high above, I would say about 400 meters away, they can get our connection because we have antennas. I can get the connection at my home as well. You will get, usually around 250 in your computer, all around the property.

Dave Williams:

That’s awesome. Gonçalo, will you tell us a bit about Startup Madeira? I know they’ve been super strategic in the initiative and they help startups and entrepreneurs locally. I know it’s an important initiative for them to bring the techies onto the island.

Goncalo Hall:

Yes. I think that’s one of the issues of the island, which is why this project makes so much sense. Let me just set you up here, in this special place. Yes, so I can be here. I’m already inside home. I made it on time. Police will not find me. The thing about Madeira and a lot of islands is that people leave to find better jobs. People leave to the mainland usually or to the U.S. or to other countries. You’ll start lose brain. You’ll start to lose a lot of interesting people. As I see it, and as Madeira sees it, this is a great opportunity to bring very smart people that have their online businesses or that work online, connect them with the local entrepreneurs, connect them with all the locals and people that want to make a difference. This is why this is just the first phase of the project. If you want to have a business in Madeira, have a lot of tax incentives, I’m not an expert on it. I’m not from Madeira, but I know that they have a lot of tax incentives. They will help you setting up here, if you want to. They will help you with all the process. They have an incubator as well in Funchal, with that if you want to start your business, or if you want to move your business here, actually they will help you with everything, which is quite cool. We have a lot of people from U.K. that are basically trying to push their businesses into somewhere else. Lot of people are choosing Madeira, which is really good. They have a lot of interesting people around, they were just lacking community. I really believe that Startup Madeira is also interested in this and they are managing the whole project. I had the idea, I am here in Ponta Do Sol. They are the workforce behind it and trust me they are answering 300 emails a day. Carlos, he’s working 12 hours a day. It’s actually insane amount of work, we are just three working on this project. The goal of this is actually, that’s why there are a lot of questions about why this is free, why Madeira is investing in this. First because it’s a very smart move. Also, because it will help people understand, even Portuguese people, even people from Madeira, how cool Madeira can be. How cool this community here in Madeira, the startup community can be. How it can be really, really good to actually manage your global business from a beautiful island like Madeira. Of course, this is the end goal. Everyone here is giving the same feedback. I’ve heard this is amazing. I should have known about this before. I may want to stay here longer than I planned. We have here some people in the call that said to me as well. That’s the end goal. Lot of people don’t know about Madeira, but after they come here, after they see the ocean, after they see how fast is the internet, they may fall in love with it. They may even stay around. We have Nike, Amazon. I met a lady from Amazon yesterday. Amazing person, she was alone here. She was saying, “I lack community.” That’s why it’s so important for Startup Madeira to bring all these people here and to make sure they connect with the right people in the south island, as well.

Dave Williams:

Awesome, Gonçalo. Do we have any more questions from anyone? We’re kind of getting towards the end of this. We’re going to let Gonçalo go here in a few minutes, but we’ll take a final question, if anyone wants to ask. I guess there’s about 50 nomads or so in Ponta Do Sol at the moment. I guess hundreds across the island. That’s my understanding.

Goncalo Hall:

Yes. Yes, there’s people all over the place. There are a lot of people in Funchal, a lot of people in Calheta. Some surfers in the north as well. Lots of people around Santa Cruz, which is near the airport. People are quite spread out. There were some cool initiatives happening all over the place. It’s not just about Ponta Do Sol. We don’t want it to be only about Ponta Do Sol. This is the pilot project and then we want to spread it all across the island.

Crispim Jose:

I have a question.

Dave Williams:

Go for it Crispim. I think this will be our last question here. So I’ll let you go, Crispim and then we’ll give Gonçalo a break. Awesome.

Crispim Jose:

Okay, cool. As a photographer and a videographer, is there any creative initiative in parallel to this cowork situation? Because I would love to see a small community like this one getting bigger. As a creative, for me to be able to work or develop some project.

Goncalo Hall:

Yes. Let me tell you why I’m laughing, because actually I was speaking yesterday with Bernardo, who is the manager. Our coworking space is in the cultural center of Porta Do Sol. The manager is, of course, a person that loves culture, that loves painting, that loves pictures, that loves photography. He was saying, “Let me know if there are some nomads that come here and are artists because we want to help them out. We want to do something with them. It’s always only about tech.” Man, just come here, speak with Bernardo and he’ll be happy. The coworking space right has fully white walls and we want to put local paintings, local pictures. We don’t know it yet, but there will be art. It’s no fun to have white walls. We want to have art on it. We want to have photography there. Even potential collaborations around the island, for sure. Yes, if any of you guys is an artist, if you are a painter, or photographer, anything, we want you here. Cool detail is that Ponta Do Sol has the oldest cinema in the whole island. It’s from ’33. It’s so old, that when the new system of the cameras, the projectors came, they had to do a wall in the building, to put the projector in the banana tree, to have the right distance. That’s how the cinema is. They were saying this is a place for culture. The owner of Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol, which is a local entrepreneur as well, loves art. He brought a lot of Portuguese artists here before they were known. He’s almost always looking for the right artists to come here, sing for free, in exchange for accommodation. He loves art. You’ll see paintings all over the place. Ponta Do Sol is known for being the cultural center, for being a very cultural city, village. I think all the artists that you know, even if they are not known, even if they don’t work remotely, they are really, really welcome here.

Crispim Jose:

Okay. Good to know. Thank you.

Goncalo Hall:

My pleasure. Yes, I can not hear.

D, Alers:

Hello?

Goncalo Hall:

Hello, one of our internets keeps breaking up. I’m not sure if it’s yours or mine.

D, Alers:

Gonçalo?

Goncalo Hall:

Yes, I can hear.

Bernardo:

I’m going to just say a few words.

Goncalo Hall:

Ah, Bernardo, yes. This is the person I was speaking about. I did not know that you are here.  Please, Bernardo, take over.

Bernardo:

Sorry, I came in late. Well guys, along the lines of what Gonçalo just said, I had this conversation with him yesterday, so I can confirm that. We are really willing to have some initiatives alongside the digital nomads stuff that’s going on at the center. Please get together, or come see me and then we will try to put up something interesting. Okay? Thank you.

Goncalo Hall:

So yes, if you are an artist, Bernardo is the person you should contact. I failed at art.

Dave Williams:

Well, Gonçalo, we just wanted to thank you so much for all your work and effort that you’ve been putting into this. It’s all happened very quickly, I think you started back in September. We’re launching at the beginning of February. That’s a record here, I think in Portugal and globally. It’s potentially the first nomad village globally, definitely the first one in Europe. You’re creating a lot of interest in this island. You’re creating a lot of FOMO across the digital nomads. I think everyone, especially all of us Europeans want to head over there, pretty soon. We really appreciate everything that you’re doing. We appreciate everything at Startup Madeira. The initiative, the local government. We think this is really going to be a great model going forward. We’re happy to be involved with it, participating. There’s some of the people that are on the call, we really appreciate you guys joining in and sharing with us your thoughts. We really want you all to share this with everyone. We want this to be a great movement. We’re all early adopters here. In five years from now, it’s going to be a different place, so let’s all arrive and really enjoy this place, do some surfing, do some hiking, some biking, some photography, art work, hang out with Gonçalo. We really enjoy this amazing place that we have. During this sort of difficult time for everyone, Let’s make the most of it. I just really wanted to thank you Gonçalo. I don’t know if there’s anything last you want to say before we log off here, but we really appreciate it.

Goncalo Hall:

Yes, I think we speak a lot about the village and there is a lot being said about all this village, all Ponta Do Sol, but I want you to take in mind that although the village is beautiful, come one look at this, this is beautiful. Old, small, streets, it’s beautiful, but it’s actually more important than anything else, is the community. If you come here, come with an open mind. Come with a mind that you will be inside a community you will share. People will share with you and take the most of it go to learn and to connect with others. Actually living in a village like Ponta Do Sol gives you 10 opportunities a day to connect with someone special, to learn something new. I’m learning every day with the people that are here. Don’t come only for Ponta Do Sol. Ponta Do Sol is amazing, but come if you really want to dig in a community, if you want to live and to meet interesting people, Ponta Do Sol is the very beautiful background. It’s the one that is providing this amazing state, this amazing view, this amazing ocean. Trust me, the core is always the community.

Bogdan:

Last question, how many people are in this community in Ponta Do Sol right now?

Goncalo Hall:

Right now, around 50.

Bogdan:

Awesome. We also have about 35. Together, I think 100 around the island right now.

Goncalo Hall:

There is more out there around the island. Right now there are around 250 nomads, but some are here since October, September. Between us, plus Calheta, between the three communities right now we have more than 100 people.

Bogdan:

Awesome. By the start of March, it should be around 200, I think, only Funchal. Now, Ponta Do Sol, 200 as well. 400 people.

Goncalo Hall:

Yes, easily. If the borders open in Europe, that will be very nice. If we control covid, I think we’ll have a very global community here in Madeira, we have a lot of people from all over the world, Hong Kong, Singapore. I know you have a lot of people from Israel as well, Bogdan.

Bogdan:

A quick word, I run Remote Haven, which is a hotel that we rent. We started from a small hotel, now got upgraded four times and got the largest, the Savoy Palace, for a price which is of an apartment really and we manage because of that to bring quite a few people from around the world. We have currently in the hotel 35 people and scheduled to have already 60 and with the numbers running, probably 100. It’s the biggest hotel in Portugal, so it could hold 600 people in total. Post curfew we are 24/7 together. Definitely, in that sense we have people from different continents even, not only from Europe. Israel, probably five people already and there are going to be 15 by the end of this week.

Dave Williams:

Awesome, Bogdan. Well it’s great to have you on the call as well. I think there’s just so much excitement about everything that’s going on right now in Madeira. There’s a lot of opportunity, whether it’s staying in hotels or staying in apartments, or villas or staying in a bedroom. We are super excited about this initiative and there’s so much entrepreneurial energy behind it. Smart people from all around the world and here from Portugal. We’re just super excited to have you all here on this call and we hope that you all will be joining us at some point, until the end of June. In the meantime, we really appreciate everyone for joining this call, it’s been awesome to meet you all. I hope we can stay in touch. We are expecting really, really great things. Thank you all so much. Gonçalo, thank you again. Bernardo, and Startup Madeira, it’s going to be really, really great. We’ll let Gonçalo go get dinner, relax a little bit and you guys get back to your work or have a nice drink and relax for the rest of the night. Thank you all so much for joining. We will be broadcasting the recorded version of this over the NOMADX channel to share with a lot more people. Thank you all so much for joining. Have a great evening and wish you all the best.

Goncalo Hall:

Take care and bye-bye.

Dave Williams:

Thanks.

Bogdan:

Ciao.

Dave Williams:

Bye bye everyone. Ciao.

Ayla Heeds:

Bye from Canada.

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