Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

If you’ve been following the #TBEX hashtag on Twitter over the last few days, you’ve probably noticed tons of sentiments flying around. So I wanted to break down a few personal reasons why I thought TBEX Europe rocked in many ways despite a few minor logistics and connectivity glitches.

Context – Exemplary Teamwork

It took barely three months to put it all together from the moment someone on Twitter (I believe?) suggested an European version. Considering Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities on earth, coupled with the fact that conference spaces sell out months in advance, affordable lodging options needed to be organized, and worthwhile activities/tours mapped out; the TBEX crew (Kim, Maren, Courtney, & Joseph) and super generous sponsors did a fantastic job so jätte kudos to you and very many thanks. Was honored to be a part of it.

The Folks You Meet

It was a chance to get to see more folks behind avatars we communicate with on a near daily basis. An opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones; hugging them all in person. I’ve got a stack of business cards next to me and plan on emailing every single one.

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Atmosphere

An event location doesn’t get more memorable than at a working circus, and Cirkusbygningen was it. The dome-shaped structure wedged between other buildings had more ambiance per square foot than any other building I’ve entered.

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Workshops and Transparent Walks

Was honored to have led the Narrative Travel Writing workshop with super talented writer and all-around-super-sweet guy Andrew Evans from National Geographic. For me, the new workshop format was intimate, interactive, and extremely effective. As part of the workshop, our group took a stroll around town, sniffing out stories, observing how the city flowed.

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Performing Acts

Any conference that busts out SEO Shakespeare, a trapeze artist, a juggling clown, and a classical violinist is flat out cool in my book.

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade
Pictured are Robert Reid from Lonely Planet and Paul Brady from Conde Nast Traveler in period pieces.

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Taste Testing

If TBEX Europe had a theme, it would be “Unconventional”. From the venue to the slew of activities lined up, all these various aspects made it exciting in many ways as we were constantly trying new things. Who knew bio-dynamic bread was deliciously moist? I found out at the Meyers Vinegar Brewery & Bakery pictured below.

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

Copenhagen - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade

So…

While I’ve got a ton more photographs to sort through (adding to ever expanding to-do list…), I wanted to give a quick shout-out to the TBEX crew, sponsors, and fellow bloggers and writers. Thank you for a memorable event!

PS: Link to presentation – A to Z of Pitching Outlets