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Thuha Nguyen, Casafari

Needless to say, I work in one of the coolest places in Lisbon, Portugal – Lx Factory. I moved here from Sweden because I got this great job opportunity to work for a startup company called Casafari, and I’m so happy I did. Settling in was a bit tricky, since the apartment situation was a bit difficult in the beginning, but if you are persistent and flexible, anything can be solved. I had never been to Portugal before this but my gut feeling told me that I would love it. Who doesn’t love tropical weather, the Mediterranean and beautiful cities? I needed inspiration and motivation in life, and moving to Lisbon gave me a push. Coming from a European country, it wasn’t really difficult to settle in since I didn’t have to bother with the whole Visa process, etc. My recommendations is that you just try to settle in as soon as possible – find your favourite coffee shop, make new friends, wander around your neighbourhood and really get to know it. The sooner something feels familiar, the more comfortable you will be. Don’t be afraid to ask and if something doesn’t feel right, sit down and try to think of the situation and how you can change it. Everything is up to you in the end! Take initiative and don’t be scared to ask for help. Many people have been in the same situation as you. One thing that also helped me settle in Lisbon was my job. Casafari has a very good vibe, a nice atmosphere and most importantly; a welcoming one. I never felt uneasy here – quite the contrary. I love working for a startup and it really feels like I have more to say, more to work with and a team that is both supportive and friendly. Casafari values curiosity and the desire to learn and grow, which reflects my personality. So – what do I recommend for potential arrivals that will come to Lisbon? – Be aware that it can be tricky to find a place to rent, but not impossible! – Go explore the wonderful city and walk around (it’s the best way to see Lisbon) – Find friends through work, gym, groups on FB, etc. There’s a big Expat group here! – Be true to yourself and do whatever makes you feel happy. Listen to your intuition and be open minded. But most importantly… Don’t forget to enjoy the moment and enjoy Lisbon! Good luck to every potential arrival, I know you will love this city as much as I do!

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