Where are you from and what brings you to Madrid?
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Love and curiosity brought me to Madrid back in 2016.
Can you tell us a little bit about your project/s?
I lead a project called Stinky Tofu Food Talks, or Stinky Tofu for short, and it’s a community for foodies.
We love to talk about food on a deeper level because it allows us to learn more about the world through food.
We have a Facebook group and in-person food talks, where we discuss the role food has in our lives and how it plays into culture, history, politics, environment, gender, race, religion, sexuality and so on.
What’s your favourite thing about living in Madrid?
The movement! The food! The language!
Have you been to any events in the digital nomad/coworking community here?
Yes! Going to events and learning from others here in Madrid has been fundamental to my professional development. As a marketer, I typically go to workshops related to digital marketing and technology. My favourite is Madrid Blogger Network but I try to mix it up.
Have you faced any challenges with your project/s? How did you overcome them?
Right now, my biggest obstacle is facilitating tough conversations. We often talk about politics, gender, race and other controversial topics and people are often a lot of fearless and disrespectful online than in-person. Fortunately, it’s a very small minority but it still gets to me. I’m still learning how to deal with it but communication is key. I set the boundaries when we accept new members and at the beginning of the events, and I have a zero-tolerance policy for disrespect.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting their own group/blog/freelance business?
Just start! Don’t let your perfectionism or fears get in the way from creating something. The earlier versions of your work won’t be perfect but you’ll have to start somewhere in order to evolve and improve.
And finally, how can we find you?
If you want to stay updated on my work as a digital marketer, you can visit my blog, This is Daniela Furtado.