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The Start

Like any other kid from my block, I was trying to invent something. Anything. We were blown away by NASA and all the reports what humanity could reach. It was crazy to think the amount of things we could actually accomplish.

First we tried, my buddy Marc and me, was make a simple phone. Meaning people could say something and receive it via a short metal line. That was kids play, then we looked into a real phone receiver, which was already more challenging but it worked. Strange thing was, we could get all the information from books from our local library. Kids play in the end, but back then challenging. Although I doubt people today could even figure out how it works. I hope that level of spirit for engineering will return.

And then one day, one of professors brought me into the class on a Sunday afternoon and showed the first computer my school had. It was absolutely amazing. The power it had (for that time) and the possibilities were endless. Which, in today’s life, is true.

My interest grew more and more and decided to go in the IT after college. I was not exactly a drop out but also not a 100% determined student who could focus on thing only, I want to explore and find solutions for simple and difficult problems.

The move

After having many jobs and side jobs I got quite bored and figured I needed a fresh point of view. As an American I needed to find a new angle. This was found on the entire other part of the world. I already made a couple of East Europeans during my school period as a exchange program and found them quite interesting. First thing I did after getting a job offer was arrange everything like a good expat medical insurance. This is a sport, but still sports can be dangerous, especially for nerds like me. I want to be prepared and as this is not my mother country I need to have a good insurance that covers me.

Next was to already start making a planning to learn the language, at least the basics. I made a schedule next to my training in which every day I learn 30 minutes Russian in the morning and in the evening. And with success I might say. People tend to understand what I am saying.

More about my life and training here follows.

Hard choices

If you ever played Magic the Gathering you know the feeling of losing or having a bad hand. Whenever this happens you have two hard choices. Either you choose to get yourself together and don’t show you are upset or you can go all out and swear and show your frustrations. Eitherway your friends won’t like you for it.

Don’t go over to the dark side. It’s an easy side, but you will get lost. Why I’m saying this? You remember those YouTube Dash Cam videos? Well. Those are true. I had my rental car and was driving around a bit to learn to know the area. All of a sudden, a woman, who was looking at me driving by jumped straight upon my hood. BAM. I was shocked and luckily not driving really hard. A man ran up and started screaming at me, apparently they worked together. But the funny thing is, even though I was very scared, the locals around me started to fight the man. And the woman was trying to leave the scene as fast as people.

It was a weird and confusing experience. You want to get mad, but if you take the time you can get actually very happy and appreciate the local community. They saw instantly that I was a foreigner and still wanted to help out. It was great when you think about it. But now, I’m buying myself a dash cam.

Social life

My social life here is exceptional good, which I didn’t expect whatsoever. There is a big respect for IT-people from the land of Tetris. I’m very happy that people tend to appreciate our work as IT-ers and help us develop more our needs to get everything running smoothly.

The food however is something I really need to get used to. It’s a strange feeling to having to adjust to everything new. Literally everything is different, and the fast food snacks I don’t want to try. Which makes it more interesting.

One of these dishes is Piroshki. It’s some sort of bread together with meat in there and cheese. But it’s crazy interesting. I have never thought they had so many different kind of dishes over here, which is a shame actually.

Interesting enough is that I really enjoyed eating it all. Will post more food photos soon.