Luana Loria, started her exchange on 3rdof February at "Ler Por Ai", a bookstore in Lisbon. On 13thof March, the Portuguese government imposed the lockdown to contain the spread
of the new coronavirus. Since then, Luana and Margarida have been collaborating
"I started my Erasmus exchange at the
bookstore but due to the lockdown, Margarida and I had to find a different way
to continue our collaboration. Hence we agreed on remote working instead of
interrupting the exchange”. "I also decided to stay in Portugal as I was
concerned about my safety travelling back to Italy during the pandemic” says Luana.
Margarida and Luana have been keeping in touch
daily using WhatsApp, email and the phone. As the commitment had to be
readjusted to fit the situation, Luana focused on the activities that can be
performed from a distance.
For example, Luana is building a database of writers,
professors, journalists, and academics to invite to their future events (Thursday's
events "Noites de Prosa"). She is also looking for new books by theme
and geography notably Asian female writersand Lusophone African writers
to find and present the "book of the month” and prepare future related events.
This way, she could continue learning about
events organisation in the book sector, presentations, and literature's talks. Yet
as the lockdown will continue being eased overtime, Luana will be able to go
back to the bookstore and fully focused on getting experience and skills on managing
Unsurprisingly, like many other business
owners, Margarida has been financially struggling and continues seeking support
from the state. In this regard, Luana has been of great help in supporting her with
the search for other direct financial support and loans; they are constantly in
contact to talk about the activity’s updates and the news from the possible
Trying to cope with this unusual situation,
the two women put in all efforts to make the remote cooperation as productive
and easy possible.
"I believe that it is normal to find some
difficulties and to take sometime to organise ourselves in a more
productive way, since we are crossing a real exceptional historic period. I
also believe that creativity and technology will be very helpful tools to reinvent
and to concretize new ways of working. We will try to use them to share our
ideas and opinions suggest new professional experiences in this critical time” says Luana.
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