Becoming Digital Nomad Part 0 – Quitting your job

Welcome to my first post about my journey to become a digital nomad. By documenting my adventure, I want to show others how to achieve the same.
My first stop will be Japan. 

Taking the plunge

The first step, that came after deciding to become a digital nomad, was to quit my job. After much deliberation how to go about it, I walked up to my boss and told him the news. Then a funny thing happened: I actually managed to keep the job in a reduced form.
How? – I sold all involved parties on the idea of me working remotely for a few hours per week. At first I only did that to be polite to my employer – I’m the only full time programmer in a company that does more traditional IT support. Leaving them with open projects and code didn’t seem fair.
The money wasn’t important at all.
After all I’ve been saving up a decent chunk of money, which should allow me to live in Asia for a year.
But more financial stability is also nice.

There have been a few points they were worried about (Time difference, how to communicate etc.), but I could adress each of them in a meeting. (The answer is not a problem and Trello, Google Hangout and VOIP phone numbers)
I’m now on the road to be earning a few extra bucks even tough I’ll be outside the country.

Avoiding overwork

My biggest worry was that the work will turn out to be a lot more than originally planned. This would leave me with no time to learn Japanese and work on my own projects. Creating a document with agreements between both parties helped against the fear.

The final decision to go through with the plan happened in February 2015. I gave the legally required 3 months notice at the end of march. So there was enough time for planning.
Time will tell how it turns out. I’ll keep you posted.

Deichkind Impressions

I went to see Deichkind on the 20st April 2015. It was a Monday evening so it was kind of tough!

There where 3000 people inside Maag Hall in Zurich. So it was packed. I was standing at the back of the hall, but since I’m tall, I still saw most of the show.

Yes, they went crowdsurfing with boats!

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The End Of The Special Time We Were Allowed

(7.11.2014, Cinema Houdini Zürich, Ginmaku Festival) 

Beautiful documentary movie about a singer. Tragic: The singer kills himself during filming.
The director has difficulties dealing with the loss of his friend. He creates a subplot to fill up the rest of the movie. It’s really nicely done. The singer was very talented, it’s a shame! His name was Masuda Sota (増田壮太)

 5 of 5 points.

Watch the trailer on YouTube

Bellinzona Trip 28.03.15

Bellinzona Trip 28.03.15

I went to Bellinzona with my friend Stefan. We originally went to see the Japan Matsuri Event. However, we ended up spending more time exploring the city, and going to Locarno to eat a Pizza.

 

Here are some shots of the way there from northern Switzerland to the south. We passed through the alps.       

 

 

 

Bellinzona is home to the “Castel Grande”. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It gives this small city a medieval touch. Much of the town wall is still intact.

The interesting thing about Bellinzona is, that there are not one but three castles. I posted a picture of these at the end of this post.

        

We went up the steep castle tower. The view is  worth it!
Here’s us trying to look cool after the climb:

We got to watch skilled Taiko players at the Japan Matsuri. They even played awaodori music!

  

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