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The Inside Guide V. Reykjavik

Everybody buys a guidebook before they explore a new place but it cannot replace local knowledge of the area. FNND has asked locals about their city and how they interact with it. They live and work in the city so they kindly provided their favourite spots. This is the fifth in the series, with part 5 focusing on Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík. The largest city in Iceland, Reykjavík is the northern most capital. It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. So meet Reykjavík local – Sonja Bjork, a teacher, listener and traveller who always loves returning to her city. What you do for a living? For a living you mean “for money”? For money I do all kinds of training and lectures, specifically in the Nordic Countries. Alot of my time goes into the World Coffee Events and during the year I travel to many countries around the world to help with national competitions. I have also created a new coffee company called Kaffibrugghúsið (Coffee brewery). At the moment we only offer training – but …

The Inside Guide IV. Dubai

No amount of guidebook research can replace local knowledge so FNND has asked locals about their city and how they interact with it. They live and work in the city and kindly provided their favourite spots. This is the third in a series, with part three focused on Dubai. So meet Dubai resident Reiner Erlings who loves the old and the new in his city. What you do for a living? I am a composer and music producer based here in Dubai. The main thing I do is to compose original music, sound design, and foley for advertising, TV and film projects, such as TV/online ads, cinema campaigns, and (short) films. I have a recording studio where I work with artists and bands from the region as a producer and mixing engineer. How long have you been living in Dubai? I’ve been in Dubai for almost nine years now. How did you end up here? I grew up in Oman, so have been coming to Dubai for many years on weekends and breaks. After going …

The Inside Guide III. Addis Ababa

No amount of guidebook research can replace local knowledge so FNND has asked locals about their city and how they interact with it. They live and work in the city and kindly provided their favourite spots. This is the third in a series, with part 3 focusing on Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa. The largest city in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state and is often referred to as “the political capital of Africa” due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. So meet Addis Ababa local – Heleanna Georgalis, a fervent progressive thinker who holds dear – the people, the culture and the city. What you do for a living? I export green and roasted coffee. I get stressed and excited. How long have you been living in Ethiopia? It now seems like all my life, but personally now I can say 11 years (including my first 4 years of life, when I was born and raised here until the regime brutally changed) How did you end …

The Inside Guide II. New Orleans

No amount of guidebook research can replace local knowledge so FNND has asked locals about their city and how they interact with it. They live and work in the city and kindly provided their favourite spots. This is the second in a series, with part two focused on New Orleans. The largest city in the state of Louisiana, New Orleans is named after the Duke of Orleans and is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine and music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz) and its annual festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in the United States and clearly has plenty to explore. So meet New Orleans local – Turgay, a talented musician who loves his food, his music, and his city. Hi Turgay, what do you do for a living? I have a website called specialtyturkishcoffee. I also work as a consultant, helping coffee companies to develop their Turkish Coffee programs. How long have you been …

The Inside Guide I. Jordan’s capital city, Amman

No amount of guidebook research can replace local knowledge. We have handpicked locals and asked them about their city and how they interact with it. They live and work in the city and kindly provided their favourite spots. This is the first in a series. Part I is focussed on Amman – the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. With a population of four million, Amman has plenty to explore. So meet Hisham, a passionate man who loves his city. Hello Hisham, What you do for a living? I Started working in Amman as a pharmacist in a pharmaceutical company. I worked for six years, then I found that my interests lie in the chemistry of roasting and I have to follow my passions. How long have you been living in the city? I’ve been in Amman for eight years. How did you end up there? I was born in kuwait and then 2 months later we moved to  Irbid, a city 83 km north Amman. I lived there until I graduated from university …