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Welcome to Lisbon and Apartments FeelingLisbon,
My name is Vanda and my husband is Francisco and I'm a computer engineer, and Francisco is a Civil engineer. We had more than 50's and a long life history. I start work in a Big One consulting and after 25 year in a bank. Francisco work a fee years in a Big Construction enterprise and 25 year in a in their own company by making acquisitions in the historic buildings of Lisbon and after rehabilitation. But booth of us with a knack for marketing, entrepreneurship and design (I guess it's a good thing).
The inspiration for FeelingLisbon Apartments came to Francisco one evening in 2009, just after a family trip to Italy, that we stay in a family house in Florence and with the crisis in Portugal, many of our friends left their homes and we had some houses. We started FeelingLisbon Apartments to give people a new way to experience a place. Handmade hospitality, for stays in the finest homes. They hold the key, not just to their own front doors, but to something much bigger. A new era of hospitality.
This is the story of how we do part of the Airbnb community.
Ever since I learned more about the sharing economy and collaborative consumption I started believing in Airbnb's philosophy and business model. Little by little it became a dream to have a place on Airbnb, contribute to the sharing economy and make a difference in someone else's life.
Well, the first thing we did was a business plan (engineering things!).
So, we used the knowledge we've earned from college together with creativity to deliver the best experience possible to our guests and it made me really proud so far by the feedback people gave me!
I leave the bank and I am totally engage with FeelingLisbon Apartments.
And my new goal its to provide the best local experiences, as well as unforgettable, unique memories.
Support local communities and local artisans and street art artist
Get a brilliant insight into local history and traditions.
Connect cultures and make new friends.
My guests can Experience their trip through the eyes of a local, around Lisbon and discover hidden treasures, secret local spots and stunning locations by letting a local lead you on a tour. For experiences and adventures that memories are made of, a local guide who's brimming with knowledge and passion about his or her community is the only way to go. I offer a variety of private tours from city-walking tours to week-long round-trips. I'm creating the perfect custom holiday for anyone from surfers to architecture lovers and foodies. And my sun studies to be a chef and I love to cook so I with cooking skills to rival any top chef. Not only will you enjoy home-cooking at its best and get to taste local delicacies but you'll also have a unique chance to experience the local culture and to get to know the people by sharing a meal in a family home.
The overall experience with Airbnb has been amazing and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'll continue improving my "job" as host, with Francisco's Help and so I can keep making a difference in people's lives and fulfilling a dream!
Now you know a little bit more about us and how we got entangled in the Airbnb community and the sharing economy. We truly believe this is the future of businesses and relationships.
In our personal live, we had two kids - a 21 years girl study in Germany Mechanical engineer and the 19 boy study Cuisine. We like travel by all Europe and USA, but Francisco love Africa too. When we travel we like to stay at home!!! We like music, I love Bryan Adams , Bruce Springsteen, U2 .... and Adele ... Francisco love Classical music, we love fado like Carminho, Ana Moura or Gisela João. We love theatre, and painting. Me I am LOVE street art... we love food, sun and walk the dogs on the beach...
Hope you've enjoyed my story and thank you for your time!