"Hey I know your search is going slow, and we just started talking about closing this office and moving south and making everyone technically "remote." We'd like to move you out here (if still interested) but I don't want to move you only to be mostly remote again."
Me: "No I want to move."
So here's my question to the Bay area people...Since I am going to be mostly remote anyway, should I rent a house in like Sunnyvale (which is in my price range) or look at being up penninsula like San Mateo but near Caltrain and closer to SF and a social life?
My work trip to a former European communist country went very, very well. It is a beautiful country, lovely sights, most people were nice enough (and could speak English - I honestly thought a few people I ran into lived in the US at some point) and seemed to be ok with USians around. Unemployment is still high and several of the young people spoke of leaving for better opportunities.
The women in the city were very tall and beautiful. The men were tall and...not my type at all.
As for the food, I think I'm done with parma ham and cheese for a very long while. I had some of the local beers and they were okay. Also, I'm not a monkfish type of gal.
I did not worry about crime at all and groups of my coworkers and I roamed the city the nights we were there. As one local put it, "We really don't care here." There was so much public smoking. Now I get the European complaints about how USian bathrooms are not private enough and not clean. I was very impressed with the fact that every bathroom I went in was super clean and had a toilet brush.
The only not clean parts of the trip were the chain hotel we stayed in the last night (my room was disgusting, but it wasn't worth complaining as we needed a cheap but somewhat accessible place). Then there was this crazypants off-highway rest stop with a sad "petting zoo" featuring a few rescued animals. Apparently the backstory about the restaurants and the animals is something else.
As a kid of the 90's it was kind of odd to be driving out of the city, only to look back and realize I saw the same view on TV back in the 90s when the war was going on.
I had some travel-misadventures going back and forth to Europe. (Travel hack: Wear a blazer while traveling, everyone treats you better.) I wish I could fly Lufthansa everywhere in the world, even if that one German flight attendant was very insistent I have pasta for dinner and then coffee.
I did the "leave your phone in your pocket at security" jig at my departure airport. I may have taught the security guy the phrase, "I'm so sorry I'm such a dipshit." Even better was the fact I was traveling with a small group of coworkers who got to watch me do this.
However, I'm not so eager to ever run into one security guy at terminal Z in Frankfurt. My puddle jumper to Frankfurt was delayed and I was very, very late to my gate for my connection (we deplaned on the tarmac, then the passengers had to get bused to terminal A, then I had to run to terminal Z, go thru security, etc.) Let's just say the security guy and I could not understand each other. Him: "Take out all of your wires from your handbag!" Me: "What? My handbag is on the tray!" I was the last person to board the 777 back to the US and I totally did the "Yep I just ran through the airport" dance as I walked back to the economy section. I was security screened 3x on my way back to the States.
After this trip, I do want to return to Europe very soon. If not for work, then maybe this next summer. Some of my coworkers stayed an extra day or two, but I didn't even think of it when planning.
On the trip, I found out that a few more of my older coworkers who are devs or dev ops were on K5 back in the day. I could only find one of their nicks on trolltrack but they aren't here.
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