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Drei Jahre in der Schweiz

Collage of my third year in Switzerland

Three years ago today I started my job at Google. I had moved to Switzer­land two days before, with two suitcases and a backpack. Then followed a lot of adventure.

The third year was different. I started learning Swiss German, so that I can better integrate and it payed off: I am no longer completely clueless as to what Swiss people speak around, I am only mostly clueless.

I also got married to the most beautiful, loving and kind girl in the world, Roda, who happens to be an amazing cook as well!

I also just did my 100th flight two days ago. I have flown more continue.

The Piano Guys

Playing I want you Bach

Playing I want you Bach

Last Friday The Piano Guys were in Zürich. I found out about it from an ad on Facebook. It's probably the second time in my life where an ad­ver­tise­ment there is actually useful and relevant for me.

They started by playing Batman Evolution, which goes through most of the Batman movies sound­tracks and weaves them together.

They explained how they like to combine their love for old classical music with modern songs that are well known by young people. For example, they take every kid's favourite song: Let It Go! and combine it with Vivaldi's Winter.

The duo likes to make fun of each other. Jon continue.

Going places...

Old view ...but not too far.

Last month I exchanged the view that can be seen in the above image, for this one:

I moved from Langnau am Albis, where I have lived for two years, to Wiedikon, a district in Zürich. The old place has been officially the place where I've lived the second most in my life :| I'll miss it, I had lots of good memories there.

But I got bored of the long commute (half an hour by train), so I moved to a place 8 minutes walking from the office. And the week after I signed the contract, I found out that my team continue.

Two years at Google

Collage of last two years

A bit more than two years ago I was anxiously heading towards the reception of the Google Zurich office. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was very excited. One year ago, I was oncall, dying of heat in my home. Today, I am on my last oncall shift as an SRE, rejoicing that it’s not too hot and that I finally have some quiet time to clean out my bookmarks and my inbox.

The last one year was very different from the previous one. The list of new ex­pe­ri­ences continued, but not all of them were positive. There was the weird re­al­iza­tion that I continue.

Mayumana

Mayumana -
Momentum

The Israeli dance troupe Mayumana was in Zürich this weekend and I went to see one of their shows. Colour me impressed. That was amazing. It was a really good show.

The theme of the show was time. They started off by showing a video about flies and how their perception of us is in slow motion, “so that when they see our hand coming down to hit them, they know they still have time to finish lunch before escaping”. So the troupe made its way onto the stage in slow motion. Then various clocks starting ticking, slowly ac­cel­er­at­ing, and the dancers started moving faster and faster, according continue.

After a year in Zürich

rolisz around the world

One year ago today I was dis­cov­er­ing, to my shock and horror, that my laptop's charger doesn't fit in the Swiss socket. My phone charger did, but the laptop plugs pins were 0.25 mm thicker, so they did not.

Several hours earlier I boarded the plane from Budapest to Zürich, feeling like I'm going on an adventure. I did not know what was waiting for me, I didn't even know what team I would be working with, but I was very excited and looking forward to whatever was coming.

Looking back now, after a year, wow, it's been quite the adventure, so much more than I could continue.

Sechseläuten

Vintage movie made au­to­mat­i­cal­ly by Google+ from my photos and videos

Every year in Zurich there is a holiday called Sech­seläuten, that celebrates the end of winter and the coming of summer. It is held on the Monday that follows Easter, so this year it was on the 13th of April (last year it was on the ~30th of April, the day before my on-site interiews :D). In the city of Zurich it is an official holiday, but it's only a "minor" one, so you can get only a half-day off.

Horse riders

There is a huge parade, in which the 39 guilds from Zurich take part. They dress up in continue.

First week in Zürich

This month I have made a big change in my life, I switched jobs and I moved to Zürich.

The Swiss are way more rigurous and strict then the Romanian people. Within 14 days of arriving in Switzer­land you have to register yourself at Kreisburo (if you live in Zürich) or at the Gemeind (in other places). You have three months to choose a health insurer or it will be chosen for you.

You have to buy special trash bags, that are quite expensive (something like 20 CHF for a pack of 10), because they include the recycling tax in them. So if you do recycling, then you continue.