Tell us a bit about yourself and how you found out about Gidsy?
I moved to Hamburg in 2009, instantly fell in love with the city and have called it my home ever since. I work in social media as a marketing and community Evangelista for people, companies, and causes I am passionate about. I discovered Gidsy at Startup Week in Vienna by attending a focus panel hosted by Edial. He mentioned Gidsy as his newest project that was set to launch really soon, so I was curious to discover what it was all about!
Why is it important that Gidsy launched in your city?
People are always buying tangible goods in society, but the only thing that truly adds value to our lives are experiences. Gidsy wants to enrich the way we interact with others. You are dealing with real people, organizing real activities from the heart, which adds a more personalized touch.
Hamburg is an amazing city and though the locals are internally proud, overall, I feel there is modesty to truly promote how awesome living here is! Gidsy will impact skill sharing, enhancing our tourism, and provides creative freedom for its users.
Do you have tips for others to get involved with Gidsy the same way you did?
- Take Action (Talk about Gidsy to everyone you know! If you help to promote Gidsy, you are essentially promoting yourself and bringing a bigger audience to your activities)
- Explore your Community (Discover local resources and find creative ways to bring it all together. Build relationships with each other. )
- Lead your Community (Engage everyone as much as possible online as well as off line. Get to know who your neighbors are!)
- Keep up the Enthusiasm (Find out what you are passionate about and share it or find out what others are passionate about and provide it as a service/activity/workshop/etc…)
- Be Supportive (Offer help, collaborate on activities, keep communication open and consistent, give each other feedback)
- BE FUN! (Who can’t resist a good time? Whatever you do, make it a fun time for everyone! That is the main attraction factor, give them an experience they will remember)
What is your favorite thing about Hamburg?
The water. I love that I am surrounded by so much green and also a lake and river that flows out to the sea.
What are you organizing and what can people expect?
I am organizing a walking tour of Hamburg that gives people a good layout of the main areas. As we stroll past monuments and landmarks, I will explain why Hamburgers are so proud, what influenced the architecture, and share a few secret paths and speak about Pirate myths and one legendary pirate in particular and how this affected our early trading business. I will gift a special sweet treat to all participants as a souvenir ;)
What activity would you love to see up on Gidsy?
It would be so cool if someone could arrange Dining in the Air and we ate on top of a shipping container crate, suspended by one of the giant cranes and we were positioned over the Elbe river. It would be a totally private experience just for you and your friends and maybe we could even find someone to play jazz music or something. That would be soooo Hamburg and such a unique experience.
What place have you always wanted to visit and why?
Iceland as of lately. All natural beauty and the great outdoors!
One thing you would always bring on an adventure?
Swiss army knife, matches, and a harmonica….Ok, I cheated that was 3 things. But really, if only one thing, probably ajournal to write about it all.
If you had only two days in Hamburg, what would you do?
It depends on if it is sunny or rainy.
Things to Do - Sunny:
- Sailing on the Alster
- Bike Tour from Alster to Blankenese
- Picnic in Planten and Blumen, see Japanese tea house, and water light show at night
- Open Air movie at night
Things to Do - Rainy:
- Museums (Kunsthalle, Deichtorhalle - Photography, Minatur Wunderland, Spice Museum in Speicherstadt)
- 20Up at Empire Riverside Hotel
- Attend a workshop either for cooking such as Thaifood and Culture near the Rathaus
- Live Reading (where you can listen to the author of a book read their story out loud over coffee and finger food)
Thanks so much for the interview, Candy!