Expat Life

First Steps as a Digital Nomad

After a ~24 hour journey, we finally arrived in Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia. The first mistakes we realised right away: Bali is UTC+08:00, not +07:00 as Jakarta Padang Bai is a small village, there’s no shopping possibilities (we didn’t bring clothes or swim gear, as we planned to buy that on arrival) I asked the folks from NomadList about the best mobile carrier which according to some is “Telkomsel”. … »

The End of an Era

Sunday, September 4th, 2011. The day I landed in Barcelona. Just for the second time. I spent 2 weeks there in July 2011 and fell in love with the city, returned to Leiden University only to deliver my Master thesis and then returned to Barcelona for good. Two days before the end of my vacation, and thanks to Twitter, I got offered a job as a web developer. The contract was sent over while I was on the plane and having it that easy, I thought I had to go there. … »