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Traveling for Ideas: Global Cross-Pollination

The best place to look for fresh inspiration is anywhere but home, as we discovered last week while leading innovation labs in San Francisco for Portuguese executives and Brazilian high school students, just days after we flew home from our…

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Portuguese Time-Out: The Barber of Lagos

One sleepy morning in the southern coastal city of Lagos, Portugal, we spied a barber shop, and peered inside to find a slender man sweeping. I stepped in and asked if he might cut my hair. This had not been…

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Summer Surprise: Finding Portugal

We are regulars at Zé’s, as much as anyone can be, as Zé is anything but regular and everything Portugal. We’ve been living 50 meters from his adorable café without a name, absent an awning or posted hours – our…

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The Landing Pad for Digital Nomads: Zoku

Zoku Amsterdam is a new way to travel, work, and yes, live – from the glorious, expansive, roof garden café, a communal space that blends a bustling co-working tech hub and hip social club, to the perfectly designed details in…

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