Earlier this year we launched our serviced apartments in Madrid's fashionable Justicia barrio. It's been an exciting experience to welcome our first community members and get to know them.
We sat down with Trevor - who was the first person ever to stay with Akora! - to find out more about his story and how he came to be with us in Madrid.
Where are you from?
I'm originally from the Midwest. I grew up on a farm, where my parents raised sheep. My mother is a weaver and got tired of paying top dollar for wool - so she decided to make her own!
What are you working on right now?
I'm currently teaching entrepreneurship, and mentoring / advising startup founders.
What brought you to Madrid?
A few years ago I got involved in a startup focused on the football ticketing industry. When the co-founder left, I began spending more time in Madrid helping out the CEO. He introduced me to his business school, and the rest is history!
What do you like most about the city?
Madrid is one of the most accessible capital cities in Europe - and one of the friendliest! Phenomenal architecture, vibrant neighbourhoods, and quintessentially Spanish lifestyle.
What does 'living well' mean to you?
Living well means living life to the fullest. I've always tried to live by the Latin motto "Carpe Diem" - "seize the day". These days I focus on being of service to others. With so much strife in the world, every positive human encounter can really make a difference.
Any other mantras for life?
There's an old Native American saying that has always resonated with me: "Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins". Another way of putting it: "Be kind, for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
Why did you choose to stay with Akora?
Akora combines the convenience of AirBnb with the personal service of a concierge building. I've stayed in two Akora apartments now - both had top-notch furnishings and splendid locations.
Do you have any top tips for being location independent?
Find an amazing short-term housing option that provides seamless service!
What do you look for when you move to a new city?
I try to find three or four "anchor points" - usually a cafe, a gym, a restaurant, and an outdoor space. Keep visiting your favorite places and life will happen!