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Friday, April 29, 2005

"Good" Friday

It is Good Friday for us. I am not particularly religious but I do enjoy Easter. Easter is the biggest holiday for Greeks and as with all holidays the best part is the get-togethers, seeing people, eating together.

After four years of university in the States I will enjoy the traditional souvla and home-made cooking I had missed. However, the four easters I had in the US were different and memorable in their own regard. The one that stands out is easter of my junior year.

For some reason I assume that everyone likes Easter as much as I do and I took it upon myself to aks every Orthodox person I knew if they wanted to go to church in Columbus - half an hour from campus. I found drivers, I got people together, I arranged to get soup from a greek restaurant for afterwards. We had four or five cars drive us to church. Us being a group of three Cypriots, one Greek, five Bulgarians, one Romanian, one Russian and two Ethiopians; including two Americans who were kind enough to offer to drive us.

Getting to church and back was mostly uneventful, apart from the fact that one of the cars with the one American girl and two Ethiopan girls got stuck in traffic from the "Black Heritage weekend" (or something like that) concert and missed the midnight mass (the important part). In any case, we returned to campus and layed out a big table for everyone. We wished each other "Christos Anesti" (Χριστός Ανέστη) and then enjoyed some greek music from my illegal mp3 downloads :P I think the Americans that walked by at 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning must've thought we were mad - having dinner at that time and being all happy and merry.

That was easter 2003... I enjoyed it because I managed to organize a dinner that united very different people (not only ethnically).

Easter 2005. I am home and it's good that I don't have to worry about what I'm doing on easter, but I am glad I experienced easter 2003.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Bull - no shit

Remember last week? Well this one was nothing like it. Things are not easy as they seem... more work is required, more diligence, more repetition and all that "good stuff"...

Other than that... nada! Pretty boring huh? I did not go anywhere, did not do anything - other than go to work and back, and read.

There was an "event" for the centennial birthday of senator Fulbright at the Fulbright Commission in Cyprus. It was not bad, but a bit too "classy" for me maybe. It was an art exhibition with dressed up "VIPs", caviar cocktails and wine.... and I went with my jeans!

In any case, to be part of the "Fulbright Scholars" group is quite an honor in and of itself. At least it gives you the false impression of being important. However, the experience I had through the program at Ohio Wesleyan University was unique and rewarding in every way and I treasure those moments.

Time to focus on the present and move ahead. Grab the bull by the horns and stab it in the neck.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Not bad for a beginner

I don't consider myself to be a beginner programmer, however I am not a seasoned one either. My experience is mostly academic and the training I am receiving at work at the moment is going to be preciless. Our "teacher" is a cool guy, typical programmer and very experienced in the object of study. I am beginning to enjoy it now and think (as I have said before) that this job is very good indeed.

Last night Cyprus hosted the European Basketball All Star day. I went to see the game. It was OK but it seemed that the basketball was the sideshow at times... There were singers, cheerleaders that delayed the game and even the players had to wait at times for the dancing to end. Overall it was OK but rather long drawn.

Other than that, nothing much went on this week. I saw Hitch last Friday and that was quite entertaining. This weekend... no plans... Maybe I will go out with my two girlfriends like Rahul says... right...!

Friday, April 08, 2005

New beginning - Never stop learning

I have been keeping this blog for a while, but I rarely update it. I have decided that from now on I am going to update it every Friday (hence the new title). My "first" blog is here, but since it is in Greek I am immediately excluding a large portion of my friends (maybe the larger portion). Since part of the reason of blogging (apart from ranting) is to keep in touch, I think it will be a good idea to update this blog at least once a week. Hopefully, some of you will find it interesting enough to visit regularly and keep in touch.

This past Tuesday I started a new job. The position is "junior programmer" and the company is a well-known international firm (name censored for privacy concerns). So far things seem great. We are training at the moment and will be doing so for the next five to six weeks. I am quite optimistic about this job and it has come after a lot of effort and frustration.

I have been searching for a real job for while now and after working doing data entry and at a TV station at the satellite links (which while interesting was not my thing), this job is a big step forward for me.

Other than this, I am still working out, trying to read some books, trying to learn some more stuff (linux, java, etc) and acclimatizing myself to my new social world (which is pretty much non-existent at the moment - that is no girlfriend... yet).

What is certain is that almost a year after graduation I am still in transition and I think (hope actually) that my first "real" job will change this somewhat. However, the one constant is all this is that: "you never stop learning".