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Nov. 8th, 2009 | 10:32 pm
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It's officially official, I'm moving to Zurich by end of the year!

I'm moving!

I've mentioned the possibility that I might move to my closest friends, but I didn't get final word until a few days ago, so I thought I'd say something publicly about it now...

Some background:

-- Living in Europe has been a dream of mine for years. I've visited the UK and Italy, but that's about it (airports in other countries don't count). There's so much else there I want to experience and from what I hear, Zurich is an excellent hub for traveling around the region.
-- My new project that's getting me over there is the reason I wanted to work at Google in the first place... tackling the issue of information overload head-on. I'm just as excited about this new project as I am about the move.
-- This is something that's been in the works for months... Google is supportive of facilitating these kinds of transfers, but a lot of things have to come together to make them happen. I have many colleagues and friends to thank for helping me out with this opportunity and to them, I am eternally grateful.
-- I'll be there for at least a year and I'm not sure what I'll do after that. I'm pretty thrilled about this aspect of the adventure.
-- I should be relocated sometime towards the end of December. I'll probably do some kind of combo going away/bday party with my bay area peeps before I leave so stay tuned on Facebook for info on that.

Other notables:

-- I'll continue to work on my previous project, Sidewiki, at least for the foreseeable future as it's something I'm still very close to and want to see succeed.
-- I'm going to miss my friends a lot, but I'm hoping you'll all come visit me! Zurich is easily accessed by train or cheap flights from within the EU, so if you find yourself visiting Europe in 2010, put ZRH on your list!
-- I'm incredibly excited to be near Berlin and Paris... two places I've never visited, but have heard so many good things about. My good buddy Jeff is in Berlin and Nathan is in Paris, so it will be fantastic to see them more often.
-- I'll be making the switch after many years of working on client software to working mainly on web and mobile based projects. I'm going to use this opportunity to get back into coding and doing more interactive prototypes.
-- Google's Zurich office is supposed to be super sweet and I'm looking forward to having a smaller company feel for awhile.
-- Skiing and snowboarding are two things I have very little experience with... I'm crossing my fingers that they'll have some bunny hills out there to practice on.
-- I plan to take German lessons and want to make sure I branch out from just socializing with my coworkers. I've heard it can be tough as an outsider to make friends in Zurich, but I'm hoping I can find some fellow music lovers as a way to bridge the gap.
-- I purged a fair amount of my stuff when I moved to SF, but not near as much as I would've liked. I'm going to use this next move as a way to finally slim it all down to just the bare essentials. I've got the international Kindle now so I won't need to take as many books with me and I'm digitizing all of my cds onto a mirrored drive. The only bulky thing that remains is my vinyl collection... I won't have enough time to digitize my records before I leave, so I'll probably just keep them in storage unless someone in the bay area wants to babysit them while I'm gone. I'm hoping to go the projector route finally too as a way to have a more mobile entertainment center.

I take my first trip to Zurich this Friday with a few days in the UK at the end, during which I'm hoping to catch Ryuichi Sakamoto perform his piano pieces in Burmingham (!!!!!!!!).

This new move is probably a good chance to retire my public LJ as well which I haven't been updating that often thanks to Twitter and Facebook. I'll continue to use it for friends-only posts (still baffled that no one else has come up with a better replacement for this), but I think it's time I wrote more often on something I can fully control like WordPress. I'll put a note here once that's live.

Chocolate, fondue, timely public transportation, army knives, fancy time pieces, and neutrality await. Uf Widerluege!
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Dawnalicious

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from: dawnzerly
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
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That is so fantastic!! Congrats!

If I could offer you one piece of advice it would be this: Open an international bank account before you leave the US. It is so much easier to open your account in the US first. I was unable to get myself sorted enough to open my account overseas and now I'm paying the price.

What an adventure!!

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the tip! Hope Scotland is treating you well!

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Naomi

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from: nomi
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
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interimlover + european continent = happy nomi. :)

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det bättre alternativet!

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from: skymob
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Holy wow, congratulations!!

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trisloth

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from: trisloth
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Congrats - that's awesome!! I definitely want to stay informed on your info-overload-tackling projects.

Also, I didn't realize that SideWiki was your project. Most excellent. I now get to read all sorts of association-space articles with titles such as "Brace Yourself for a Communications Bitchslap", ha!

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
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We're hoping it's more like a communications spritzer ;)

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trisloth

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from: trisloth
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I prefer your term! :)

Honestly I don't think anyone has even used it yet for our site, but we're monitoring...

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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which should get easier soon... stay tuned...

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Josh Santangelo

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from: endquote
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Nice, glad to hear it's worked out!

I'll be in SF the week of the 14th, could probably make your party if it's then.

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
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sweet, good to know! Start planning your Zurich trip for 2010 now :)

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me for dummies

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from: carebearc
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
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it was almost 10 years ago that i was there, but i loved switzerland! so beautiful, clean, and i found people in general to be incredibly personable. zurich was fun, and you're right, switzerland is so centrally located that i bet you'll find yourself hopping all over western europe.

what an adventure, so jealous!

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
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yay, my pscyhed-ness continues to grow! Hoping to bring some of my American uncleanliness with me, I'm sure they'll be thrilled ;)

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mooflyfoof

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from: mooflyfoof
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Awesome, congratulations!!

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Missing enough to feel alright

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from: bdu
date: Nov. 9th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Feel my seething remote jealousy.

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from: subtext
date: Nov. 10th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! I'm so excited (and a bit jealous). I hope you'll keep us up to date on your experiences. I'm impressed with your courage and dedication to getting what you want out of life. It's a much-needed inspiration for me right now.

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ario

<3

from: interimlover
date: Nov. 10th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
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thanks Joey, I really appreciate that! Just remember, you have something I've yet to find, which is far more important than a Euro relocation ;)

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zap book

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from: kguppta
date: Nov. 10th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Awesome stuff!

I just got back from SF yesterday. First time in a long time. Fell in love with the place. Considering a move there in the near future.

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Sylwia

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from: sylwia
date: Nov. 11th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
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I wish you the best on your new adventure!

It's been great running into you in Seattle and San Francisco... perhaps we'll run into each other again in Europe as well

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Nov. 11th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Likewise! Don't you have some family in Europe? Let's make it happen!

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Sylwia

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from: sylwia
date: Nov. 11th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
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My family does have a place in Warsaw.... Shit, I really should try to get out there sometime soon, hehe

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i will often think of u when im in less than pants

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from: goldfischegirl
date: Nov. 12th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
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This is an awesome goal!
How amazing for you.
:)

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Welcome in Zurich!

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 31st, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I hope you liked your stay so far, in spite of the lousy summer here this year.

As a local Swiss (Zürcher, to be exact), I particularly like your intent to mingle with us locals. Taking German lessons is a great starter and as I can see, you already mastered some Swiss-German :) Two thumbs up!

Uf Widerluege!

D.

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ario

Re: Welcome in Zurich!

from: interimlover
date: Aug. 31st, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Danke D!

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from: mayolame
date: Apr. 14th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
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from: haileyohoq
date: Nov. 2nd, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
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