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Hell yeah!

I’ve been waiting with the blog post this week because of one reason. I was a bit stressed out because there was this one thing that needed to be taken care of.

When you are a citizen of EU (or Switzerland) and you come to Austria, you have 4 months to go to the Magistrat and apply for a permission of longer stay. They tell you this when you register (Meldezettel).

This wouldn’t be that bad, however I heard only bad things about the Magistrat. Mainly that you go there and you wait for hours. And that they don’t speak English. Because of that, I’ve been postponing going there for a long time, but Gabi is the good one and she wanted to have this done right. So I knew that before the end of August we should do this.

Today we finally went. Luckily a friend from work (Haichao) offered his help and I’m so glad that he did. I can get around with English and a little bit of German but there needs to be a will on the other side as well. German is an official language in Austria (and I really want to learn) so I’m fine with the offices only speaking German. It’s just very inconvenient for us. And stressful.

Everything went smoother than I expected. We arrived half an hour before the opening hours and there was a line. However then they opened the door and the Magistrat itself was huge and well organized. I love that in Austria they have waiting numbers everywhere. We actually didn’t need to wait that long because the have so many offices. We almost didn’t have enough time to fill out a form and we’ve been called to an office.

Having this done is a huge burden lifted out of my chest.

This week I need to finish up one more thing at work and then I can prepare for our vacation!

I got a new phone

My old phone was an iphone 5s which I got in January 2014. I’ve had a lot of fun with it.

I thought that I don’t need a new phone, I thought that I really just wanted one. But now that I been using my new 7 plus, I realized that I actually already needed to upgrade.

I’ve been trying to do more and more on the phone. I’ve been editing photos for instagram on it. I’ve been writing notes all the time at work (and in general). Some blog posts have been written on my phone as well. I want my phone to be an ultimate planing and management tool. And from this perspective, the old 5s just wasn’t keeping up.

The 7 plus is amazing. It’s a shock when you see it for the first time, it looks just way too big. But it’s very easy to get used to the additional screen estate.


I’ve seen an interesting video. It’s Dealing with Performance Anxiety and I feel that, although it’s aimed for performing musicians, it’s perfectly applicable to other disciplines as well. For example, in my field of work you give lectures and presentations very often. And I usually do get at least a little nervous. So there are few things I got from that video:

  • to get nervous is a natural reaction of the body to the stress of performing something in front of people
  • there are three parts to every performance and you need to approach them differently: the training leading up to the event, few hours before the event, and the actual performance. you need to optimize what you’re doing and where your mind is in all of these
  • few hours before: box breathing to calm down, don’t try to catch up on the practice, go through your visual “cues” if you have any
  • when performing: you will always play/talk faster than when you are practicing, try to keep about 80% speed
  •  weeks leading up: practice the thing, but also practice the delivery: take a video of yourself, imagine that you are doing it in front of people, perform it in front of few friends.

You should definitely go watch the video for more in-depth information!

We are now completely moved to Vienna

Wow, it’s the first time I’ve missed putting out a post on Sunday. The reason is that I was just completely exhausted yesterday.

We spent all weekend with moving. On Saturday, it was another trip with a rental van, only this time without our friend’s help and with the rest of ALL our stuff. You don’t realize how much stuff you have until you have to physically, with your own hands, move each and every one of them from one location to another. We also bought a couch, which meant we had to somehow get 60 kg to the first floor. But we managed!

We went back to Brno to return the van, relax for a while, and sleep there so that we could hand over the apartment in Brno. There was also a lot to clean still.

I would say that we are very clean people. We can take care of the place we live in. That’s why we were pretty angry that we had to pay for a kitchen unit doors under the sink because it got wet and wrinkled slightly. Maybe I’m wrong. But I think we treated the apartment as best as we could and this was just an effect of actually living in the apartment. It was some kind of chipboard or something like that BTW. Something that almost wrinkles when you just breathe on that. I don’t think you can expect something made from the cheapest materials to last forever. But I don’t know, maybe I’m the asshole…

Oh no, it's completely ruined!

Oh no, it’s completely ruined!

But anyway, we handed the old apartment over, put the rest of the stuff into Gabi’s mum’s car, and went for lunch to her and her partner’s apartment. After that they took us and our stuff to Vienna. The rest of the Sunday was spent putting our things into places and cleaning. We also finally found out where our storage compartment in the cellar is. The door sign was “parteienkeller” which translated by Google Translate was funny—”party cellar”. It’s pretty nice to have something like that, in this previous apartment we had to keep everything in the apartment. We were lucky to have the bikes down in the bike room. The bike room there was able to only take 4 bikes. And there were 12 apartments. Here in the apartment in Vienna the bike room is HUGE. I guess it’s not surprising when you think about how many people use bikes for every day commute here.

The new apartment look awesome in my opinion. Even now when we are not done unpacking yet, it’s getting cozy. I like that. I can only hope that we are going to like it here. It’s been pretty scary and emotionally taxing, this whole procedure of moving. At this point, I’m glad we are doing this. I’m glad that we are trying this big scary and outside-of-comfort-zone thing. Now I just hope that it doesn’t turn out being a bad move.

April weather

I have a hard time writing something this week.

It’s really cold these days. I think I’ve heard that there is a wave of cold air from the north coming and that’s easy to believe. It’s been hailing one day! It’s not very pleasant to be outside and therefore there was not much happening this week.

On Monday we had a holiday (Easter Monday) and we basically just went for a short walk because it was so windy. Other than that we spent the day laying around. Gabi left on Tuesday morning and it was just me again for the rest of the week. But that’s not gonna stay that way for long! Just one more week.

I’m getting more comfortable in the city every day. I figured out the fastest way to work with just one transfer. The bus stop is few steps from our apartment and the station of Ubahn where I get off is similarly close to the work. I’m nailing the conversations with the cashiers (“grüß gott”, “danke shön”).

We need to go through one more weekend of moving. We will be finally handing over the apartment in Brno so we need to move the rest of our stuff to Vienna. It’s probably going to be pretty hard to coordinate and execute but at least that’s the last thing. After this we both will be living in Vienna.

I was thinking about my goals and “mission statement” of what I want to accomplish actually. Right now, I’m just having fun learning stuff, studying whatever seems interesting to me. I, of course, have this goal of becoming better person—I want to be emotionally stable, calm in high pressure situations, knowledgeable, be the guy who’s able to help people, contribute. But that’s just what I think growing up is about. I always had big ambitions. I knew that I’m going to be successful somehow. I never knew how, but I was just sure that I will find success. My problem however is that I feel like I should already be working on my success. Not to say that I’ve been failing up to this point—I’m very proud that I was able to get my master’s degree and get a job at a university in another country. I want to achieve more however. I want to take control of my life. I want to do things my way and be sure that my actions are what influences the results.

Two things kinda triggered these thoughts. First, I watched La La Land with Gabi. The struggle of becoming great and achieving something is the theme of Damien Chazelle’s films Whiplash and La La Land (I loved both). Another was this DOOM documentary. I don’t know what’s so interesting in this for me. But I really wished that I had the skills needed to work on something like that game.

That being said, I’m still going to continue doing what I’m doing. I’m starting to get really into Swift and iOS development. I really like that all the info is basically out there, either in official apple documentation, or in tutorials on the web. The thing about iOS tutorials is funny—everybody wants to make money on that. There’s so many people explaining how to do simple stuff and marketing their books/paid tutorials. I don’t know if that’s the only way people make money from iOS development. But I just want to create apps, tools for myself, and maybe games. I want to produce as much as I want. And I will!

We now have the Internet at the apartment (and Gabi’s visit in Vienna)

Many people at work already are, or are preparing to go, at a conference, which means that it has been kind of a slow work week. It’s also what they call “first Easter week” (Friday was Karfreitag, not really a public holiday but nobody worked I think).

As soon as I got to work on Tuesday, I noticed that in the online package tracker it was written that my package from UPC (the modem) should be delivered that day. I was expecting a text message but I didn’t get any. I went home right away and waited. Finally, around 3 pm, a GLS van arrived and I got our UPC router. I think the apartment got like twice as cosier as soon as I loaded a webpage!

While I was waiting, I thought it would be a good time to try out our oven. Therefore—mini pizzas!

When I started talking about the food, this is Zimtschnecke. I was hyping it up to Gabi all the time last year when I was in Vienna. You would say I overhyped it. But no, Zimtschnecke delivered. Gabi said it was the best thing ever.

Gabi came on Thursday night. She was supposed to come at 7 pm, but the bus was close to 2 hours late. We went to a walk around Donaukanal, that’s where the title photo is from. It looks very cool, but it doesn’t smell as good (too much pee for our taste).

My parents visited us on Saturday. They’ve never been in Vienna and me and Gabi felt a little bit bad that we didn’t take them anywhere. It’s a pretty long drive (3 hours or so) so they couldn’t stay for the whole day. The weather also wasn’t very nice and we needed to pick some basic stuff in a store (like trash can) which they even bought for us. So we kinda used them. But I think that there will be many other opportunities for them to visit us, maybe even stay for more days, and we will be able to take them around Vienna.

It’s been very windy on Sunday, but we went on a walk along Donau and then to Floridsdorfer Wasserpark (which is like a park with lakes, very cool)

That’s it. We still have free Monday tomorrow together thanks to Easter holiday. I’m not sure what we will do.