geek girl dinner
Florence, Italy

I never really write about the actual blogging side of my life because usually it is quite boring. In between eating great food and seeing heavenly places the reality is that I am a slave to my netbook.

It is not the dream that most people have in their heads.

But I am tied to a really wonderful community of (mostly) supportive bloggers that are wonderful to meet. So when Italian blogger Michela asked me if I would participate in Girl Geek Dinners Toscana in Florence by Skype I did one better I used my Eurail pass to attend in person.


Rivoli Hotel agreed to put me up for the night and it was just a short walk to Casa della Creativia to speak alongside two Italian travel bloggers about how we started in blogging, how we make money if we do at all and the role of social media.

I was really nervous because there were so many people there, most with their noses down furiously tweeting about the event. I was worried I would have nothing to contribute but like everything in life, I had a whole lot to say.

Maybe it was just the European influence but I was able to just relax. The speeches were just the beginning of the night where I met some amazing people in marketing, social media, art and writing.


I had no idea but these dinners are held around the world and I’m going to start checking them out when I visit new cities. It was a lot of fun meeting locals with common interests and I think I may try to see if there is one in Toronto.






  1. Cheryl on the January 15, 2012 remarked #

    Looks like a fun event! :)

    They used to have them in Toronto but it seems they haven’t happened in a while.


    Perhaps you can help to revive them?
    Cheryl recently posted..Postcards From Positano.

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures on the January 15, 2012 remarked #

    Love your outfit! Sounds like such a fun night!!!

  3. Jaime on the January 15, 2012 remarked #

    Ahh I’m glad the photos I took of you came out great! I’m glad you invited me to come along with you on this. It was interesting to see and mingle with so many amazing people. You of course did an amazing job and gave a lot of good info.

    Miss ya~
    Jaime recently posted..Photo Round Up – Week 45 & 46

  4. Carmie on the January 15, 2012 remarked #

    You look so calm and relaxed with that mic in your hand..but I don’t see your knees knocking! I love the first picture…I would recognize you from that!

  5. Emily in Chile on the January 15, 2012 remarked #

    I would love to go to a dinner like this! What a great idea.

  6. dtravelsround on the January 16, 2012 remarked #

    I wish we had these in Las Vegas! What a cool dinner.
    dtravelsround recently posted..Volunteers and a vet: an afternoon of healing elephants

  7. michela on the January 16, 2012 remarked #

    oh dear Ayngelina, you were great!
    we had such a wonderful time in Innsbruck and London that we could not miss the opportunity to organize smth together in Florence!
    thank you once again for coming and be such an inspiration for italian travel bloggers :)
    hope to see you soon, take care!

  8. Stephanie - The Travel Chica on the January 16, 2012 remarked #

    Cool to hear about this! Is there a website to find out about them?
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..How To Survive a 28-Hour Bus Ride

  9. Pete on the January 16, 2012 remarked #

    Cool idea, and so good that you could attend. A Skype session could have gone bad if the connection was no good.

    You did look nervous in that second pic :) Glad everything worked out well.
    Pete recently posted..Stretching And Detaching

  10. Michi on the January 16, 2012 remarked #

    Ooohh, this does sound interesting, thanks for telling us about it. I’ll look and see if there are any here in Spain as well. I would have loved to attend and listen to what you had to say! :)
    Michi recently posted..What’s better than having a hippo for a dog?

  11. Kim Bee on the January 16, 2012 remarked #

    New follower, found you on food bloggers of Canada. I am loving your site. What a wonderful opportunity to travel somewhere fabulous. I bet you did amazing. I am about 4 hours from Toronto and have been desperate to attend some form of blog conference. New to it still and learning a ton but would love to meet up with people who do it. Doesn’t seem to be anyone local for me to share foodie nuttiness with.

    • Ayngelina on the January 17, 2012 remarked #

      Well there are tons in Toronto that is for sure. Have you attended any of the Food Bloggers of Canada events? I’m really eager to meet the community.

  12. Cherina on the January 16, 2012 remarked #

    What an awesome idea! And so great that you overcame your nerves – I’ve no doubt you had loads of interesting things to say. I’ve never heard of these dinners but I just did some research and they have them here in Melbourne. I wish I’d known sooner as they had an event here 2 days ago!! So bummed that I missed it.
    Cherina recently posted..Coming Home: How to Cope When Your Adventure is Over?

    • Ayngelina on the January 17, 2012 remarked #

      I’m pretty sure they are every month – there is always next time!

  13. Alexandra on the January 17, 2012 remarked #

    Sorry to have missed you in florence – i’m another toronto expat, but have been living in florence for a dozen years.
    I looked up the GGD toronto thinking during my recent visit to my parents’ house i might get out one night… the group however seems rather inactive, and rather nerdy rather than geeky if you know what i mean. Face it, we italians know how to do these networking events like nobody else.

    • Ayngelina on the January 18, 2012 remarked #

      It is a really large group in Florence, if you haven’t gone yet definitely check it out.

  14. Rease on the January 17, 2012 remarked #

    I know how much you hate public speaking so I am glad you were able to relax. You look super cute too!
    Rease recently posted..Argentina: I Love You But I’m Not In Love With You

  15. Franco on the January 17, 2012 remarked #

    Great photo. I would have loved to hear you speak.

    • Ayngelina on the January 18, 2012 remarked #

      Thanks it was all a blur but a really great night.

  16. Mark Wiens on the January 17, 2012 remarked #

    Cool opportunity Ayngelina. Were you able to shoot any video?
    Mark Wiens recently posted..Volunteering in Bangkok’s Underprivileged Yommarat Community

    • Ayngelina on the January 18, 2012 remarked #

      No it didn’t even cross my mind!

  17. Hogga on the January 18, 2012 remarked #

    I wanna come! Lets do this up Toronto styles

    • Ayngelina on the January 18, 2012 remarked #

      Well now with Travel Massive I’m not sure we need one – although, I do love how there are also artists and people from a variety of fields. Once I get work under control I’ll consider it.

  18. Shannon on the January 18, 2012 remarked #

    Nice photos, and I see Jaime helped you out a bit too :).

    I would like to see more posts like this from bloggers who attend blogging events or travel events, etc (I know Brendon(sp?) Van Son does).

    I only have one question: the title isn’t misleading (how dare I say that and try to be supporting!) but it seems to me guys were present there too?

    just FYI I enjoy reading your blog from your perspective as I do anyone else’s :)

    • Ayngelina on the January 18, 2012 remarked #

      I try not to blog about blogging, some people like to do it but for me its just the means to tell the story. But in this case it was a personal story as I was flattered to be asked and then travel 49 hours to do it.

      Yes there were guys there! I think they allow 15 or 20 percent of the tickets to be sold to men but it’s a women focused event. It’s nice because I don’t think you need to be totally exclusive but at the same time it was really interesting to meet so many female entrepreneurs and artists.

  19. Sebastian on the January 19, 2012 remarked #

    This sounds interesting! I really have to get into this… I mostly visit remote places where I’ve never found any of these events. Maybe with Bangkok this will change!!
    Sebastian recently posted..Castles of Transylvania

  20. Erika on the January 19, 2012 remarked #

    I never even knew there were such events around the world! It’s a great initiative too, seems to be worth looking into.

    • Ayngelina on the January 19, 2012 remarked #

      It was my first time as well but I can vouch the Florence events are worth attending.

  21. Federico on the January 20, 2012 remarked #

    What a great way of meeting similar minded people and sharing knowledge…good for you! I also think that you look a bit nervous in the second pic, which I think is good anyhow. Good for you!
    Federico recently posted..The Best Beaches in Oahu, Hawaii

  22. Abby on the January 21, 2012 remarked #

    Michela’s great — I didn’t know he organized those.
    Abby recently posted..Winter in Vegas: Pass the Meringue

    • Ayngelina on the January 21, 2012 remarked #

      Yes she works with a few other really nice people.

  23. Margo on the January 24, 2012 remarked #

    awesome looking event! Also – that hotel where you stayed is the hotel I stayed in the first time I ever went to Florence… I love how even the BW’s in Florence have frescoed breakfast rooms. :)
    Margo recently posted..Attention Cupid: Travel Belles (and Beaus) Love Hotels

  24. Nomadic Samuel on the January 30, 2012 remarked #

    Sounds like it was a great experience. One thing I feel I’m really missing out on being where I am now are opportunities like this. I’m really looking forward to doing some projects with other bloggers and attending events in the future.
    Nomadic Samuel recently posted..Top Three Things to Do in Arizona

  25. Ceri on the February 24, 2012 remarked #

    Wow, they sound really interesting. :) Love that picture of you. You look so cute.
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