1. This past November/December I spend some time in the beautiful Costa Rica thanks to the hospitality of Carlos Sirias and the folk at Pernix.

    Costa Rica is a small country in Central America with a beautiful nature and great weather. The "ticos" (this is how the Costa Ricans call themselves) are such wonderfully friendly people!

    A 'little' spider from Costa Rica

    My journey began on a Friday the 23rd of November. It was getting cold in Madrid and I was ready to jump on a plane that would take me to the tropics for a couple of weeks. The flight was long and I had the time to do some reading, code a little on an idea I had for an internal patheleven project and get some rest.

    Arriving in San Jose was a little of a surprise; unlike other tropical countries I have been the weather wasn’t suffocatingly hot or humid, but a mild 20-something degrees celsius. Jumping into a cab was easy (it helps to be fluent in the language, but the people at the airport were specially nice as well).

    Once I arrived at the apartment Carlos so generously had made available for me, I met Carlos, Barayan, Soto and Zee (Zee was visiting from the US) and we headed out to enjoy some cultural activities (lucky for me it was an open door day for museums).

    I loved spending my time with the fine folk at Pernix!

    Pernix is a small company that is very focused in training the developers and making them really good at what they are doing. They look out for chances to better their craft day in and day out. It was nice to see that Carlos not only wants his people to practice, but he also encourages them to do so; every day.

    While I was with them I tried passing on a little of the knowledge I have and giving them some advice on how they should try to see their craft (and in some cases even giving them advice on what’s important given the personal situation). I love it when people are open to ideas and have an open stance; this fine group definitely has it in them!

    A little tree frog

    Going to the beach for the Pernix companies retreat was a blast. I am so grateful that I could join them there! In exchange I told them a little about now to run an Inception Workshop and facilitated the companies retrospective.

    After our weekend trip to the beach (and visiting Ad Astra) everything was set for the great event, The global day of Code Retreat 2012 (which was the actual reason for me coming to Costa Rica)!

    Ticos, if you read this, thank you so much again!

    Pura Vida!

  2. Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~ Standing Bear

    Two weeks ago I was flying with a torn calf from Madrid over Frankfurt and DC to Floyd, Virginia. I was going to spend the next three weeks with the fine fellows from Entryway. My leg was giving me a hard time and the trip was, from a pure physical point of view not, that pleasant, although I had some great conversations with different people during my flight and I even set up a date for next November to go dress shopping with Corey , Dave , Michael and possibly Brian .

    "Why would I embarc on such a venture with a leg hurting like that?" you might ask yourself. The answer is actually quite simple. I was going to meet my dear friend Gustin and spend the next 3 weeks of my time with him at a exotic place called Floyd. I was not to be disapointed!

    I arrived at night, after flying from DC on a tiny weenie plane ,at Roanoke airport where Gustin and Jon were waiting for me. It was a pity that it was dark already and I could not enjoy the scenery ( as Dave Hoover was recommending me to ), but given that I had been awake for the last 24 hours I was pretty tired. We arrived home and I jumped to bed getting ready for a great first week that was about to start.

    On Monday, the 4th of July we went to a party with Gustin, Andrea, Ceder and little Loic. Funnily enough the partys leitmotiv was theindependent thinker celebration. It was really nice to see all the people (young and old) celebrating their way of living in an America that does not really embody their lifestyle; a great way to start my time in Floyd and get a little bit of the gist of how my next 3 weeks in Floyd would be.

    So my work at Entryway started on Tuesday and we plunged right into their new venture Seedleaf.

    Seedleaf is a food distribution system aimed for local farmers, CSAs and food distributors that helps them selling their produce removing the corporate man in the middle, who usually makes far more money than the people who work the land. Seedleaf is due to launch soon and the fine fellows are working hard to get a great product out there. The fascinating thing about the fellows at Entryway. is their passion for the community they live in. They strive to serve the needs of the community they best they can creating a fair trading environment for the local farmers and food producers.

    In the last 2 weeks, while I have been working with Gustin, Jon, Jonathan, Katie and the ever smiling Lake, I have found a group of people passionate and caring about their work and community. It is inspiring how they care about their private lives as much as they care about their professional selves (they actually have a 3 day weekend to be able to disconnect from work and get back totally refreshed and energized every week).

    I wanted to write a bit more about my stay here and the work we are doing, but I’ll leave that for the last post about this wonderful place called Floyd :)

  3. Amazing how time flies when you are on the road. It seems like yesterday that I came over to Elabs to spend some time with them.

    In this last week I spent my time pairing with Antoy Sastre on a nice Backbone.js andCoffeeScript powered app for a new client of Elabs

    Elabs has been a great experience in my journey. One of the things I like a lot about Elabsis the fact that they create products, but these are always things that they would use as well. They focus a lot on the open source community and have gained the respect of the ruby community for their efforts.

    The daily life at this company is very calm and serene, everyone does what he is supposed to be doing and things seem to flow without the need of a lot of ceremony.

    Did I mention their awesome office? If you happen to be in Gothenburg some day you definitively have to come for a visit. CJ had the incredible luck (or good taste you might say) to find out that the old Hasselblad building was free.

    I am sitting here in Dulles International Airport waiting for my next flight so excuse me for my short post. During my time at Elabs I have seen first handed how professionally the crew works, with this nordic calmness and focus.

    Thanks a lot for having me during this time guys, it has been a pleasure and an honour to be part of your team during this last weeks! But you are not getting rid of me that easily, I’ll be back! :)

    It’s NOT the job you DO, It’s HOW you DO the job.~ Anonymous

Enrique Comba Riepenhausen

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