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Riding the Tractor through Hamburg

Riding the Tractor through Hamburg

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Freedom Addict Diary | 0 comments

Monday, 31st of August 2015 It was quite a normal start of the week. Robert left for Berlin until Friday, and I have quite a lot of tasks to resolve until he returns. When I left the office I came across a bizarre appearance on the streets of Hamburg – a tractor in the center of the city, driving alongside Volkswagens and BMWs: I arrived home and checked my mailbox… and surprise: I have received my brand new debit card from Haspa bank. Although it looks a bit weird without the 16-digit card number and I wonder how I am going to use it for online shopping. Tuesday, 1st of September 2015 While Robert is gone I have quite a lot of work to do, and unfortunately I still depend on him giving me prompt feedback. Things are not going very smooth because of this and I have to work at least 3 tasks in parallel. After work I went to the bank machine to withdraw some money. I managed to accomplish this task from the first trial, even though the interface was in German. While I was doing it, a thought crossed my mind, thinking this is how people playing at slot machines must feel like. Pushing random buttons and hoping for money to come out. 🙂 I also managed to make a monthly transportation subscription in the morning, but in the evening I wasn’t so happy with the acquisition as I learned that for just 10 EURO extra, I could have made a monthly subscription not only for 3 areas in Hamburg but for the whole Greater Area of Hamburg (rings A and B), which comprises pretty much all the important areas of this big city. So I went to Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) and I changed it, paying only the 10 EURO difference. Wednesday, 2nd of September 2015 I’m not sure how a coffee addict feels like, that is if he feels any different at all, but although I don’t fancy its taste, I do need that extra energy boost that only a cup of coffee can give. I didn’t drink any coffee before coming to Hamburg, and now...

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New People and New Professional Challenges

New People and New Professional Challenges

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Freedom Addict Diary | 2 comments

Monday, 24th of August 2015 What a day! And I don’t mean that from my perspective, but from the perspective of my Serbian colleague, Zarko. You’ll see what I mean if you read further. So in the morning I finally got to meet Ms. Postel, who turned out to be just as Stefan described her: a nice lady. She really liked the small souvenir cup from Romania that I gave her. On the other hand, she informed me that accommodation is paid in advance, which is 300 EURO, and besides that, I also have to pay a deposit of 360 EURO. This kinda ruined my financial plans and I will have to rethink them. At lunch, me and Zarko went to Haspa Bank near Altona to open up bank accounts. There was no problem for me, since Romania is part of the EU, but unfortunately Zarko had some issues, since he is from Serbia, which is not yet an EU member. Fortunately we were lucky enough to have an appointment with a nice lady who turned out to have emigrated from Croatia a decade ago, but could still speak fluent Serbian. I’m not sure what she and Zarko talked about, but she was very kind and helpful. It’s moments like these that I must say I am grateful for being an European Union citizen. It makes things so much easier for us, and a lot of time we take that for granted. On our way back home we came across a really nice idea: a free library in the bus. You could spend useful time in the bus reading a good book. And it’s all for free: You can find out interesting things if you pay attention. Like this sign from the toilet at the office which says: “What would MacGyver do?” (if he ever ran out of toilet paper) So… what would you do? 🙂 Tuesday, 25th of August 2015 New challenges at work. Today I had to review several wireframe apps in order to construct the web interfaces and website layouts. Translation: I had to find a program to draw pretty design prototypes. It’s not entirely new...

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First Week in Hamburg: Overwhelmed and Mixed Feelings

First Week in Hamburg: Overwhelmed and Mixed Feelings

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Freedom Addict Diary | 0 comments

My first week in Hamburg comes to a close. It was just a week, but so many things happened that I feel it was a month. On Monday I begun my first day at Project Breeze. Since I wanted to make a good impression, I arrived at the office at 8:45 am. I was the first one to get there, but then I had to wait for more than an hour because everyone else arrived at 10:00. Joke’s on me I guess. Since then I decided to conform to the status quo and be there 10:00, just like normal people. 🙂 My first week at Project Breeze was more busy than I expected. I had to design about 5-6 different versions for a rollup before one was chosen as the winner. Robert seems to be quite demanding when it comes to design, and that’s not a bad thing when you want to challenge yourself and your design skills. After my first working day I was exhausted and went home only to realize I still haven’t found a fork to buy, so I had to eat my fish salad using only a knife. I guess it could have been worse: I might have been forced to eat using two sticks. 😉 There was another problem at my dorm. I had already spent the 250 Mb I had from the O2 mobile network, and theoretically I still had internet, but at very slow speed. Slower than a snail watching turtle porn. But I was promised by one of the tutors here at the dorm that I would have internet by Tuesday. Tuesday we had lunch at and Asian restaurant that Robert was familiar with. But since I had never eaten Vietnamese food before, I ordered the same as Robert. My food looked something like this: But it tasted sort of like a combination of wet socks and plastic noodles. Zarko on the other hand had some really really …. REALLY hot sushi: But enough about food. Back to work, and after the daily work program, a long but interesting brainstorm meeting on UI / UX. Wednesday morning, me and Zarko from Serbia went...

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And so it begins…

And so it begins…

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Freedom Addict Diary | 0 comments

Sunday, 16th of August, around 23:00. I was getting ready for bed, since tomorrow is my first day of graphic design internship at Project Breeze. But I couldn’t have slept without telling you how my adventure begun. I arrived in Hamburg, Germany, 3 days ago and there’s so much to process when I look back. I left Tirgu-Mures Wednesday morning, heading to Oradea with my mother. After a day of shopping for Romanian souvenirs, the day has come for me to say goodbye and board a mini-bus to Budapest Airport, terminal 2. On my way there I was surprised to find out I was sharing the mini-bus with 2 other AIESECers. One of them was on his way to the Thai Embassy in Budapest to get his visa, and the other one was going in exchange to Tunisia. I actually got to spend a few hours in the Budapest Airport with the second AIESECer, but eventually we said goodbye to each other and after a thorough security check I boarded the plane that was going to take me to Hamburg… to freedom. At Hamburg airport I was awaited by Miko, whom I later found out would be the next President of AIESEC in Hamburg. We arrived at the flat where I was going to spend the next 2 days, in Stefan’s room. These two days would seem to pass quite fast, but before I left to my dorm where I was going to settle for the next months, I got a little taste of a German AIESEC party. Friday was the birthday of Norman (Vice-President Finance) and I think the following picture pretty much dismantles the myth that Germans don’t know how to have fun: Friday I also met Robert, Sascha, Annika and Zarko, during a complementary dinner from Project Breeze. They seemed to be nice people. Saturday I left my cozy bed in Stefan’s room and headed to the dorm. I met Ana Maria, a tough Colombian girl who was going to give me her dorm room, since she was moving to an apartment that was much closer to her workplace. And so I moved into this dorm room which is...

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On Planet Mars. That’s Where I See Myself in 10 Years.

On Planet Mars. That’s Where I See Myself in 10 Years.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Personal Blog, Professional Blog | 0 comments

I applied to the Mars-One program. The Mars-One’s objective is to select 2 men and 2 women and send them to Planet Mars in an attempt to create the first human settlement on the Red Planet in the year 2023. Help me become a part of the crew! Click on the button below to view my application video and if you liked it, please rate it 5 stars! (If you are using Google Chrome, you might not be able to watch the video because of some ads, so better use Mozilla Firefox or any other browser.) View My Application VIDEO . . . Also, you can help me spread the news. You can share this article or even better: you can share the facebook image promoting my application. View the Official Facebook Image ....

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