From Lyon, I got up early, moved to the train station, and started moving to Paris. I was lucky when selecting this early train. The scene outside was amazing, which was a mix of sunrise, fog, and green lawn. I even thought “Wow, I could not believe I can see this with my real eyes”. That was definitely a great start for an attractive capital.
It has been one year since I officially joined A8C. Before applying to the company, I had expected a lot but the two biggest points are: learning from the global scale system and traveling opportunities (around the world). In fact, I’ve had much more than what I expected.
Leaving Antibes, I was on the train heading to Lyon. It was too cold in the early morning. The railway is close to the Mediterranean Sea. The scene through the train window was amazing. By that time, I wished I would have a car and drive on the road, and feel the sea.
Lyon greeted me with the sunshine but it was cold too. The temperature was even lower than the frozen threshold.
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Nha Trang is always my favorite city. I have not lived in this city yet but I visit this city very often. Well, that has been “every year” since the first time I visited it. I love its weather, food, people, and scuba diving.
Let’s see what I have done in the recent days: eating a lot of seafood, going to the sea for a couple of scuba dives, jogging around the city, meeting local friends, and giving a talk in the local WordPress meetup.
In Vietnam, last week, we had two holidays together with two weekend days. I expected that Hanoi would be less crowded when people flocked to their hometowns or went somewhere for resting. In the case, you do not know, Hanoi is always super crowded and its air is even as bad as Beijing. I really wanted to grab this chance and enjoy the less-people atmosphere with a run around the biggest lake in the city – West Lake.
In the last week of February, my team had the annual meetup in Antibes, France. As you might know, I am working in a completely remote company, and we meet each other in person around two times per year. That’s why this retreat is super important, which helps build trust and increase our productivity.
After spending some days at WC Kathmandu, I was going to EBC – Everest Base Camp. EBC is really like “been there done that” without much to see. But the whole journey to it was a unique experience.
I could see the landscape changing from green (a lot of trees), to grey (small trees), to white (mix of ice and stone).
I could feel the less-oxygen air and overcome it.
I could know that the 5-star price and non-star service can go together.
I could have 24 hours without any internet at all (no way to get it).
I could fail when something was too hard for me.
I could face many types of things in almost the same time: cold, sunny, dusty, windy, and snowy.
I could (a lot of verbs here).
Two weeks ago, I had an amazing chance to join a warm and friendly WordPress community at WordCamp Kathmandu 2018.
My talk was about the benefits and considerations when having a multilingual WordPress site. The organizers gave me 25 minutes, which was pretty short, I expected to have at least 10 minutes more. I could not talk something at the end of my talk, you can jump here to see the rest.
“Hey, just 2km, why not 20km?”
That was my first idea of getting myself to 21km non-stop running aka half-marathon.
The interesting point is that this idea came out in the tough time preparing for the current job with this quote in the company:
“I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable.”
I have been trying to send postcards back home for years. However, the success rate is super low, just one of many postcards sent has come to my friend. The only country getting praised is Portugal.
Who/what should I blame? Or should I accept the fact that it’s hard to live in an old-fashioned way nowadays?