2015 started out as a blank page. I just came back from San Francisco and had no clue what this year would bring. My mission hasn’t changed: finding cool projects to work on and travel the world.
- In March I travelled for a job interview to London. I didn’t get the job, but had some nice days in the city, which I never visited before. So I checked off all the touristy places on my list and went to Bletchley Park, after watching “The Imitation Game”, which was a great experience. What I didn’t know was, that I would come back to London sooner than I thought.
- April: Open-sourced my Facebook Messenger “Goofy”. That taught me a lot about open-sourcing code, introduced me to a lot of cool people and got me over 400 stars on GitHub.
- April to June: Out of the blue I got the chance to join Pie Mapping in London for a project. We developed a prototype for managing DPD’s logistics and won their accelerator program. I lived in the small town of Borough Green, explored more of London and dived into react.js which was leading the way for the rest of my year.
- July: While being in London, my friends from Boostable in San Francisco called and asked me if I would be available for a small project. It was great coming back to San Francisco, visiting all my old places, hanging out at Crissy Field, having some pizza at Goat Hill’s and seeing July 4th fireworks at Pier 39.
- Every last weekend of July is dedicated to Kulturspektakel, so was 2015. Don’t need to say much more about this. Awesome as every year.
- September: Weekend trip to Berlin to meet with old colleagues and friends (and have some pizza at Il Casolare).
- Until October I was travelling quite a bit, but haven’t had any vacation. On the spur of the moment we decided not to fly to Sri Lanka, but spend a week in Taiwan instead. Taipei has a nice mixture of Japanese and Chinese culture and is a paradise for food lovers. We spent a couple of days in the city, went up Taipei 101 and made two trips to the countryside.
- My next trip came faster than I thought. Right after returning from Taiwan, my team and me went to Reactive conference in Bratislava, Slovakia. Besides the conference, the old city of Bratislava is really nice and a perfect destination for a weekend trip. I think I need to come back with a little more time.
- November: Attended the Podlove Podcaster Workshop in Berlin
- In December I moved to my new apartment here in central Munich.
…and so much more this list is missing, like these random bits: filmed surgeries for staff trainings, bought a standing desk, started running, freelanced for Edmodo, launched the new bayern3.de, bought a fancy new bike, home-made goat-cheese burgers, organized a big party, played curling, attended the wedding of a good friend and created the website for our local refugee supporter group.
Other than last year, 2016 won’t be a complete mystery. I know roughly what will happen this year. I already scheduled trips to San Francisco, Istanbul and Lisbon, but I’m sure there’s more to come. Also react.js will take over world domination and I’ll be a part of it!