Eli David Interview

eliWho is Eli David and why did I interview him ?
Eli David is a digital nomad, travelling all over the world over the last 4 years.
Last year, he visited Thessaloniki for the first time and now, one year after, 2 business lectures brought him back in the city.
The interview took place at Elia Lemoni during his last lunch before leaving the city.
Let’s hear what he has to say, not as a local, but as a returning visitor.

1. Why did you choose Thessaloniki as a destination in your first visit ?

I started my trip to Greece in Athens, I was there one month and a half. I don’t like big cities so much, so when I heard that there was co-working place, I can actually settle down in Thessaloniki, and there is startup community and everything, I decided to come. Usually, I prefer the second biggest city in the country and not the biggest one, so it was like a natural choice.

2. Which are your most favourite city parts ?

I like Nikis avenue,  to walk there, Ano Poli, to walk there also and Peraia to go swimming.

3. Do you see any differences in the city after 1 year ?

Yes, i think it is moving forward. I see the cinema in the port and the new park area by the sea which is great to walk.  When i was here last year it was under construction.  And the boat to Peraia,  which is great.
I think the city looks more alive.

4. Tell us 3 things you love and 3 things you hate about Thessaloniki. 

I like to walk by the sea.  What i don’t like it is that i can’t swim. For me it is crazy that I can’t swim… This is the first city that I see in my life that I can’t swim inside the city.
I also like the villages close by and I like the open air cinema.
I think the city needs more green and parks.

5. Give us your top 3 things for a visitor to see and do.

The boat from the port to Peraia.
White tower is nice.
Ano poli – just go and walk, enjoy the view.  There is a nice coffee shop with really good view.

6. What makes this city special ?

Good atmosphere. It is not that big, but it has everything. The sea is great, that it’s touching the city. You can feel the historical vibes here. I think it helped me to read a book about Saloniki, to understand what’s going on here. You can feel that it is a special city. That it was important and lot’s of things happened here.

7. If you could change something in this city to make it better what would it be ?

To be able to swim inside the city and more trees !
Ok, we will transfer your requests to the Mayor.
Thank you very much !
You can find out more about Eli and his nomadic lifestyle in his blog. This is also an article about Thessaloniki that he published in Vima. If you want to invite him for a lecture check here.  If you want to learn greek you can take classes in his online school Lingolearn, and if you have a startup, map it on Startupblink to gain traction and find new ways to grow.
And No he did not pay me for all this publicity, he just bought me lunch !!