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"Então, qual deve ser o papel dos municípios na construção/consolidação de um ecossistema startup?"
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Estive à conversa com o Wilson Capitão, do Pensamento Folha, sobre a #alphacoimbra. #startup #coimbra #ThisisCoimbra
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Startup Grind Coimbra #1 com Pedro Moura da +Book in Loop e o apoio da #alphacoimbra
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Concursos TCP | Empreendedorismo Finalista | Invisiwall
Desde sempre o Homem sentiu uma necessidade de marcar a sua presença de forma simbólica nos lugares por onde passou. Fossem marcas coletivas ou mais pessoais, o Homem sempre o fez e continuará a fazer em todos os lugares por onde passa. Isso é visível nas p...
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O Triunfo dos Empreendedores com Francisco Banha, Paulo Barradas e Paulo Júlio. #alphacoimbra #ThisisCoimbra #ThisisPortugal #startup
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Um movimento nascido na comunidade de empreendedores de Coimbra - www.coimbrasummit.com - está empenhado em trazer Paddy Cosgrave, fundador do #Websummit, para visitar a cidade e conhecer o ecossistema startup local.

#paddymeetscoimbra #paddycosgrave #Coimbra #startup
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Merkez Park in Adana, Turkey

Sabancı Central Mosque in Adana is the largest mosque in Turkey. It has an amazing garden where each flower or tree seems to have been deliberately placed by an architect. The mosque is amazing, similar to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, but bigger. The garden behind the mosque, by the Seyhan River, is just fabulous! Sitting in this beautiful garden during spring or summer, surrounded by colorful flowers and the mosque’s peaceful environment, it almost feels like we are in the Garden of Eden (Christian or Jews) or Jannah (Muslims).

In the winter you can spot the snow on the hills in the horizon. The Sabancı Central Mosque has six minarets like the Blue Mosque, while Mecca has nine and Medina has ten. On the opposite side of Adana to the north, lies the city of Trabzon, on the Black Sea shores, known for its beautiful gardens that border the old city walls.

Photo: Sabancı Central Mosque in Adana, Turkey. © Andre Klaassen | Dreamstime.com
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LOFOTEN ISLANDS: A HIDDEN TREASURE

Lofoten is a Norwegian archipelago within the Arctic Circle, the most northerly of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It is characterized by distinctive scenery of dramatic mountains and peaks, imposing fjords breaking out to the open sea, virgin areas, untouched beaches, and sheltered bays. This territory is considered in hospitable by many, and since the earliest ages has been occupied only by the bravest seaman: first by the Vikings, and later by the great cod fishermen, especially in winter when the cod migrates south from the Barents Sea to gather in Lofoten to spawn. Despite the rigorous winters, due to the warm Gulf Stream the archipelago has a much milder climate than other parts of the globe at the same latitude. It’s this location that allows you to enjoy two of the most beautiful experiences Mother Nature has to offer: the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights. Let’s start the journey that will guide us through Lofoten, one of the earth’s last untamed places.

FiIRST STOP TROMSØ
Tromsø is the “Capital of the North”, as considered the most northern city in the world, 350km north of the Arctic Circle. It is known as the “Gateway to the Arctic” as it is often the starting point for expeditions to the Arctic. It’s a modern city where nature and culture go hand-in-hand, and as it is surrounded by water it’s an important pole for the Norwegian fishing industry. The city center has the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway with the oldest dating from 1789, but Tromsø is also home to several modern architecture buildings, including the Tromsø Library, the Polaria Museum and the Arctic Cathedral. With a population consisting in more than 100 nationalities, Tromsø is a truly multicultural city, known for its lively nightlife and for hosting festivals throughout the year. Due to its northern location the city is one of the most popular sites to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, a phenomenon that occurs between September and late March. The city is right in the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone, but it’s best to move away from the city and watch from rural areas where there aren’t city lights to upset the viewing. From late May to the end of July it is possible to see the Midnight Sun, and owing to Tromsø’s high latitude, twilight is long, meaning there is no real darkness during that period of the year. On the other hand, from the end of November until mid-January the sun remains below the horizon giving origin to the Polar Night, a period in which the sun is not visible at all.

ON THE WAY TO THE LOFOTEN
Traveling southwards the journey brings much beauty. Going by car is a good option since the reduced speed limit allows the traveler to appreciate the scenic views. There are undersea bridges linking islands, and tunnels passing below the sea. At the end of each curve a postcard view is offered. Once in a while, small villages stand out due their red painted wooden houses in a dominant blue landscape marked by the sky and the sea. Everything looks so peaceful and quite that it’s easy to understand that life at this latitude flows slowly, following the rhythm of the seasons. It’s worth stopping often to enjoy the views, to rest, and breath the pure air while enjoying a silence interrupted only by the sounds of nature. You’re welcome to have a picnic, or set up camp while warming yourself by a campfire. In Norway everyone has the unrestricted right of access in the countryside, including the national parks. As a common rule you should be respectful and leave the site as you found it. Don’t forget that this territory is also the land of the Sami, the indigenous people of the north, who have their own and unique lifestyle, and speak the Sami language, which today remains an official language of Norway. Sami people in Norway make their living from herding reindeer, but traditionally supported themselves through fishing, livestock farming, and hunting along the coast on the fjords, and along the large rivers further inland. Take the chance to better know their ancient culture, sounds and craftwork traditions.

BALLSTAD: ONE OF THE LARGEST FISHING VILLAGES IN LOFOTEN
The archipelago has many islands and beautiful coastal villages, offering a huge amount of options. The best thing to do is choose a place to stay and travel around while discovering and experiencing these magical islands. Our destination is Ballstad, a coastal village and small island off the southwestern tip of the island of Vestvågøya, in Nordland County. It’s the quintessential Lofoten experience to stay at the old fishermen’s cabins (rorbuer) that have been restored and turned into travel accommodation. Once settled, the outdoor activities in the archipelago are vast: cycling, hiking in the mountains, boat trips, fishing, deep sea rafting, surfing and diving. The simplest way to explore is to stroll around and enjoy the beauty of this fishing village, protected from the open sea by several large and small islands. It has been a fishing community for perhaps as long as 1000 years, and is still an active fishing village today with a large fishing fleet. The landscape is superb, and one of the most interesting things that you’ll notice is one of the Lofoten’s iconic images: the dried codfish hanging to dry, like clothes on a line. The cod is dried in the open by the strong salty maritime winds, meaning that it can be kept for consume for a long time, in same cases for decades! If you have the energy don’t miss the climb up Ballstad-Heia, a mountain with amazing views and easy to ascend, with Nonstind at the highest point, 459 meters above sea level.

NUSFJORD: ONCE THE MOST IMPORTANT FISHING VILLAGE IN LOFOTEN
A boat trip to Nusfjord is an adventure in its own way. The jerky boat ride due to the rough waters and the wind battering our faces make us feel like one of the brave Norwegian fishermen! When we get there we find one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages that maintains its long Lofoten fishery traditions. With buildings dating from the late 1800s, the earliest known traces of “industrial fishing” in Nordland were also uncovered here, making this a busy harbor for centuries. Currently Nusfjord is a museum for visitors and boasts an old-fashioned village store, a workshop making cod-liver oil, a sawmill, and a forge. There is also a restaurant and accommodation in old fishing huts. This village is a true paradise for anglers of all levels and it will provide you the true fishing experience. The highlight is the winter fishing season but there is plenty of fish throughout the year. Cod is the most common species, but you will also find halibut, coalfish, pollock and haddock. The village has benches for cleaning and filleting fish on the quayside. You can cook your own catch in your fishermen’s cabin, or the local restaurant’s chef will serve you a delicious dinner made from your own catch.

BORG: HOSTS THE LARGEST HOUSE IN THE VIKING WORLD
Lofoten’s archipelago was a region occupied by Vikings for centuries. In 1983 archeologists uncovered the Chieftain House at the village of Borg, a large Viking-era building believed to have been established around the year 500 AD. When the excavation ended the remains of what had once been a Viking house remained visible and the house was reconstructed slightly to the north of the excavation site, and converted into a museum. The Lofotr Viking Museum includes a full reconstruction of the 83-metre long chieftain’s house, a blacksmith forge, two replicas of Viking ships and their boathouses, and various reenactments intended to immerse the visitor in life at the time of the Vikings.

For more travel stories check out journal.jitt.travel, and don’t forget to download jitt.travel city guides.
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