Heading to Lisbon? meet one of the first whiskers: Victoria Ivanova

A Ukrainian entrepreneurial mind connecting her dots in Lisbon. Victoria does marketing communications at Impossible, runs CreativeMornings Lisbon, is passionate about storytelling, creativity and education, and is now sharing her story and Lisbon gems with us >> see map.

We decided to launch whisk•by while traveling along the coast of Portugal. After this road trip we based ourselves in Lisbon to find people to talk to and help develop our landing page. One of the first people we met was Victoria. She invited us for a coffee in Landeau Chocolate. Walking into that place felt like walking into a spa; the calm ambience was a great escape from Lisbon’s daily rush. Go there for a chocolate-break and taste their delicious homemade cake, best in town!

“I enjoy creating stories that tell about what we’re doing in an engaging way, to infect others with the ideas we’re passionate about.”

Victoria, what things are you working on at the moment?

At the moment, I am doing communications at Impossible — a global product design and innovation company with one of its studios in Lisbon. Most projects that we’re working on deal with early stage or new technologies that we believe will shape the world of tomorrow. I enjoy creating stories that tell about what we’re doing in an engaging way, to infect others with the ideas we’re passionate about. Find out more about impossible: https://www.impossible.com

Next to her job, Victoria is bringing creative minds in Lisbon together by hosting CreativeMornings Lisbon. It’s a monthly lecture series for the city’s creative community that happens in more than 160 cities around. We are huge fans of CreativeMornings, that’s why the first thing we did upon arriving to Lisbon was to connect with Victoria, CreativeMornings LX host.

CreativeMornings events in Lisbon take place in the co-working space Second Home Lisboa. This place is magical — sun-drenched and full of plants, it feels like a jungle. If it is true what they say about plants cleaning the air and boosting productivity, then this is definitely your spot to work.

“Our CreativeMornings team is building this platform to showcase Lisbon’s creative talent and give people what I call an “inspiration shot” for the rest of the day.”
CreativeMornings Lisbon at Second Home Lisboa
“I believe that well-applied knowledge is the most powerful tool for upward social mobility.”

Victoria’s idea she never got a chance to hatch:

whisk•by is obsessed with ideas; new, crazy, innovative, impactful but most of all the ideas we all have but never hatch! So we challenge all of our ‘whiskers’ to share one of those ideas. Here is Victoria’s:

The first idea I thought about was to open a cultural space where people could smoke shisha, drink wine and read books. However, I see this idea more like a guilty pleasure/side business, not something that I would really like dedicate my life to. What I find myself really passionate about is education and explaining things. I believe that well-applied knowledge is the most powerful tool for upward social mobility. We live in the times when everyone can educate themselves on whatever the topic they want on Internet, but we don’t see people massively leap into well-being, although the progress does happen. I think it has to deal with paradigm shifts, and changing mindsets. This is something that I am thinking about often, though I don’t have any specific idea or plan in mind. If you have similar thoughts, let’s connect :)

Can you mention an unexpected source of inspiration you had lately and how did it inspire you?

My inspiration sources are usually very “expected”. My #1 source of inspiration is the active, passionate, knowledgeable people whose work I admire. It can be either a conversation with them, or something that I learned about them from the list of my favourite blogs, magazines, or podcasts. With podcasts I recommend On Being with Khrista Tippet, and The Work We Do — podcast by my friend and London’s CreativeMornings host Victoria Stoyanova.

I guess, a recent unexpected source of inspiration was a Gonzo-show on Old Fashioned Radio (Ukrainian online radio station) that I tuned into last weekend. It was hosted by a literary critic who delivers a very thoughtful analysis of the new and noteworthy literary pieces, movies and theatre plays. I really enjoyed how he could break down any kind of piece — be it a poem or a movie — and analyse them from different angles. Good analytics always inspires me to be better at sorting things out in my own head.

“My #1 source of inspiration is the active, passionate, knowledgeable people whose work I admire.”

Tip all our friends about your city!
Can you reveal your gems for breakfast, lunch and after-work-drinks in Lisbon?

Sugar-bomb delicious croissants at Pastelaria o Careca, that you should try only once (too sugary!) — that taste will stay with you forever :) 
R. Duarte Pacheco Pereira 11D, 1400–139 Lisboa, Portugal

If you are a healthy food zombie, go shopping Brio Mercado Biologic. They usually have small bio-cafes at the stores, and serve healthy lunches every day. 
Travessa do Carmo 1, is also a coffee place as part of the store.

For healthy food Nicolau Lisboa, a great place to work. During lunch they don’t appreciate laptops! The place is super popular, so don’t be surprised if you see a line of people at the door waiting for the table.
Rua de São Nicolau 17 Lisbon, Portugal 1100–547

Jardim das Cerejas, a cool vegetarian all-you-can-eat buffet buffet. Their soups are heavenly. 
Calçada Sacramento 36, 1200 Lisboa, Portugal

Popular do Capelo, a very tasty “taska” (typical Portuguese restaurant) that serves grilled fish, meat and seafood. Try their grilled dorada — it’s fantastic!
Rua Capelo, 8–12, Chiado, Lisboa

A sushi place that has good business lunch menus is Sushima.
Rua da Horta Seca, 42 — Lisboa / Rua Barão Rio Zêzere,6 — Setúba, Lisbon, Portugal

Pho-Pu, I think it’s the best Vietnamese place in town. They serve traditional noodle soup, and some other dishes.
Rua do Benformoso, 76, Mouraria, Lisboa

For afterwork drinks just go to Baixa, a bar area in the center of Lisbon and walk into the first bar you see. It’s hard to miss :)

We love maps :) here is our map of Victoria’s gems of Lisbon

What about your next destination?

Honestly no idea. I stay at one place as long as where I am and what I do excite me and let me evolve. For now I am very happy with both. I am truly enjoying it here and now.

“I stay at one place as long as where I am and what I do excite me and let me evolve.”

Who would you like to talk to?

Definitely Tim Urban from Wait But Why! So, turn yourself in, Tim from Wait But Why :)

Want to meet Victoria when traveling to Lisbon?

Drop us a line at have@whiskby.com and we will try to fix it!

Cheers,

Amy & Eva
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