When I have to leave Rotterdam I always feel this bitter taste and sadness, especially after such a great and empowering event as Traverse18. One of this year’s resolution is to participate at bloggers events to meet like-minded people, to learn and to grow. Traverse18 is the first of the kind for me and I totally loved it. And you know what a fan of Rotterdam I am, so when I found out that it will be in this amazing city I did not think twice 🙂
As always in Rotterdam I was staying at Ibis Rotterdam City Centre and it does not cease to impress me. The location of this hotel is great and the staff is the most friendly I’ve ever experienced, not mentioning the comfortable beds and nicely designed rooms.
The Traverse 18 started on Saturday early morning, with a cute badge for me. I love badges by the way, they are so personalized and creating this atmosphere of business event. The first hour was for networking and discussions. I personally was not aware of the massiveness of the influencers’ existence, and I was pleasantly surprised by so many things. The sessions were very informative, things that you cannot simply google on Internet or have a course on it, because the information was based on real experiences and stories. And we know that we learn faster by being exposed to the situation than to read a manual. I took as much as possible from the sessions, and planning to implement some ideas to my own projects.
The people I had the opportunity to talk were so amazing and friendly, to meet someone that I was following on Instagram in real life was the highlight.
Being a gathering for like-minded people, that have one main common interest and hobby, the conversations were really constructive and the exchange of information was at the top. You socialize with so many different people, from different cultures, different industries that are bringing with them knowledge to be shared, experiences and stories. That was simply impressive.
The team from Traverse 18 organized parties after the sessions, but of course you already thought about this…because we are talking about Rotterdam, and Rotterdam makes it happen always. We went to this club “Vibes” and we danced like noone saw us.
The conference was over on Sunday, but since I took Monday off I had one day to fully enjoy a warm and sunny Rotterdam. We met with new acquaintances from the conference and a local who was showing us around. She was so nice to talk with the water taxi driver and offer an unique opportunity to experience this service in Rotterdam. Totally in love with the feeling of driving at a high speed on water – cannot wait to go back and experience it more! Ooops, did I just say that I want to go back to Rotterdam…again…
The food in Rotterdam is so delicious that I could not stop eating. We had dinner on Saturday evening at the Roffa Streetfoodbar, the most delicious burgers and local beer in my life. The girls working there were so friendly, and great vibes.
On Sunday evening we were so lucky to get a table at Bazar. Even considering the fact that we had to finish our meal super fast (we were around 12 people without reservation) I totally recommend it if you are in town. The food is great, big portions, and you can also get something if you are vegan or vegetarian. The restaurant is big, and it spreads on 3 floors, with a very cozy atmosphere and unique design. I really enjoyed my time there, and will 100 % recommend it.
Oh Rotterdam, you are amazing and you made it happen. I’ve had a great time at the conference as well when strolling the city. I would go back any minute if given this opportunity, and thank you for making it happen.