The unfamiliar sound of an alarm clock.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Coņo! Hijo De Puta! Joder! Mierda! I woke up at eight this morning, and immediately threw my new Spanish alarm clock out the window and straight into the swimming pool (cool, we have a swimming pool). I had forgot how annoying that sound could be. No wonder my sleepy head opted to drown it in the piscina two floors down, instead of experimenting with the snooze button.

If you haven't already heard, I am starting a new "suitcase-life" (for now at least) in Madrid, the Spanish capital. It's my first visit to Madrid ever, but I have never been afraid of trying something new, be it an unfamiliar city or a redhead (a type of fruit) for that matter. Back in mid-December 2005, I got an offer to join my old company (I used to work for them in Sweden, England and in the US) in an 18 month temp position here in Madrid. It's a similar position to what I had in England a few years ago, and hence something I know pretty well. But we are talking IT business here, so there's been lots of changes over the last 16 months, and I have of course forgotten tons as well. So it will be interesting to say the least, me the newbie in my old company...

While out traveling I didn't really have any plans to go back to my "old job". In fact I just enjoyed traveling so much and tried to avoid making any concrete plans at all. Instead I just hoped to bump into tons of brilliant ideas (how to get rich in nanoseconds schemes figured high on my "must bump into" list) and/or job offers along the way, but of course that didn't happen. I didn't really look that hard to be honest. So when I got the job offer back in December, I mainly accepted because of the following;

- The job is in Spain. I have been keen on trying to live in a Spanish speaking country for a while, and hence get the opportunity to learn much more Spanish.
- I figured it would be smart to try and maintain my professional skills. It's scary how quickly you (I) forget things, at least in this business.
- I needed money.
- I guess the job isn't that bad at all. At least not when you have seen the working conditions of the miners in Potosi, Bolivia (I actually never visited the mines, but I have a pretty good idea).

Since I have now accepted the job offer, of course I want to try and do a good job. I have always tried to do a good job. But at the same time, if I had a bit of money there's of course a thousand other places where I'd rather be than in a cubicle. I'm am pretty sure I am not the only one out there... But at the moment I don't have that money, so I plan on having a good time here in Madrid instead. It's my old company, but at the same time a new country, a new city and a new language (or at least a language I am far from fluent in). So I can go to work, and at the same time be a tourist here in Madrid and it's surroundings.

I am already here on the sixth day. Currently I am sharing an apartment with a few friends. In fact they told me that I can stay as long as I like, as they got a spare room. I am used to having my own place, but figured I'll stay with my friends this time. It's both very social as well as very good for my Spanish. And then my friends are all excellent cooks, so I guess I'll just have to be the dishwasher boy...
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