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