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Locals’n’Nomads: We can’t have it all, but we do have each other!

Nikolina Kukoč

Nikolina Kukoč

16.11.2021.

Not even in the wonderful city of Split can you have it all – all the time! Yes, some rain was forecasted for last Saturday. However, as it was stated in our meetup announcement, the fifth “Locals’n’Nomads” was happening come rain or shine.

Jadran Beach Bar secured enough space for us indoors in case of rain but also left the possibility of the meetup happening outside, allowing us to enjoy the salty air and the view of the steely sea and sky.

In the end, not a single drop rained on us throughout the meetup. And while the raindrops did not show up, neither did most of the attendees. Never knew so many people could be scared off by the possibility of a little rain!

We are sure many of you who stayed home enjoy our local wines and olive oil from time to time. But how do you think grapes and olives grow and nurture us if there is no rain at all in Split?! 🙂

Now, adults from the attendee list may have been deterred by the possibility of rain, but a group of young future web programmers did not allow that to stop them from showing up and attending their first “Locals’n’Nomads”.

We already know these young ones and their teacher who actively encourages them to become part of our community. They have proven a long time ago why they are the future of Split’s tech scene – even before being among the few who showed up last Saturday.

Needless to say, this chatty little group was the sunshine of our cloudy day!

They asked about the work Split Tech City does and the digital nomads in Split, as well as shared with us how school is going and how much they like what they learn there. One thing we at Split Tech City know for sure is that this is not the last community event these young members of our local tech scene will attend.

Our high schoolers were accompanied by one digital nomad. But Barbara is as young in spirit as they are in age, so we were not surprised that she braved the clouds and came to spend some time with us at the meetup.

We had a few laughs together over a Split-length cup of coffee, discussing her experiences with the digital nomad life in Split and the digital nomad visa application.

Some may say that having such a low turnout is a failure, but we would definitely not say that. It just proved that even when we don’t have it all – the sun and the exquisitely warm weather – we still have each other.

To the adults, both locals and nomads alike – you have been served a lesson by our high schoolers about life needing you to metaphorically dance in the rain sometimes.

Hope you learn from it by the next “Locals’n’Nomads” meetup in December!

Photos by: Bruno Dubravec

Previous “Locals’n’Nomads” meetups: LN-1, LN-2, LN-3, and LN-4.

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About author:

Nikolina Kukoč

Researching is woven into my DNA, but I'm a musician at heart. Interested in too many things and always curious. Forever in love with Split and enchanted by people who teach me new things. When I'm not writing about Split's tech community, you will find me somewhere in nature, in the theatre, or with my head stuck in a book. I do my best to live by the verse from the opera "Fedora" by Umberto Giordano: "Love forbids you not to love."

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