Ingy 2.ö

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Eurö Ingy

Ingy has left the building. Ingy has left the country. Ingy is in London today and making his way to Chamonix this weekend. Ingy digs his new European digs.

Back in October I was hosting the young and beautiful traveling Perl hacker, Yuval Kogman, aka nothingmuch, aka Use Teh Moose. Like me, Yuval works remotely for an American software company.

One day I asked him what he was doing for the winter and he said that he was moving to Chamonix France to spend 4 months backcountry snowboarding every day. Almost immediately I decided to join him. Never mind that I've never snowboarded a single time. Very soon I'll be doing it every day on Mont Blanc!

It has taken me the last 2.5 months to pack away all my belongings and pull up my roots again. (This is my 8th major move since 2000). I had to take an avalanche course and buy several thousand dollars worth of new equiptment, clothing and the season's pass. I had to explain to my employer that working for a California company from France is actually even better than working from Seattle. I had to pack 50 odd boxes and say as many goodbyes.

Here I am on the road again. I'm starting the journey by paying a week long visit to my lovely friend, Chris Dent, in the UK. I love his new home in Newbury. This is fortunate because my visa situation will require me to pay him a few more visits. An American can only spend 90 days of a 6 month period in continental Europe, without jumping through some ungodly visa hoops.

Despite this, I am so excited to be a vagabond (with a great job). It is probably the best way to live, imho. While I hope to have fun playing in the snow each day, I am even more happy about spending my nights with a top notch Perl hacker, whom I can bounce my crazy ideas off. Life is good!


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