Work pressure is one of the main causes of stress. But at these Lisbon coworks, there’s more to a days work than, well, work. There’s also yoga and physical exercise for your breaks.
Originally from Konstanz, a German city on the border with Switzerland, Andreas Noe, better known as The Trash Traveler, has lived these past four years in Portugal. “I’m a biologist and I wanted to pursue my career in Portugal, as I’ve been here on holiday lots of times and I’ve always wanted to live by the sea. It’s the perfect country to be, it has everything and it’s close to Germany,” says Andreas, who came to Lisbon in a VW in 1982, and he now lives here most of the year while constantly on-the-go. With nature at his feet, he began noticing the waste contaminating the Portuguese coastline, the oceans and the food on our tables. When his concerns became too much to bear, he left his job as a consultant to become an environmental activist. He first created an Instagram page and a YouTube channel to share his daily quest, almost always with ukelele in hand singing his humorous songs of protest. Then, with a decent number of followers, he made a pledge to collect plastic waste for two months, from Foz do Minho beach in the far north of Portugal, to the dunes of Vila Real de Santo António, all the way in the south. He called it the Plastic Hike, crossing 900 kilometres between August and October 2020, only stopping for public education actions and meetings with other activists. From this initiative a documentary was born, which will be available on Amazon Prime, and which was the first of many. “In the meantime, we did The Butt Hike [focused on the problem of cigarette butts], which we also filmed and intend to share with the world sometime towards the end of next year,” he informs us, while never ceasing to organise events that highlight the climate emergency. “It’s a global problem and I could be doing this anywhere in the world. I’m here because I’m crazy about Portugal.”