Of the approximately 4,356 different amazing perks to living and working in Ireland, the proximity and ease of travel across the rest of Europe has to be near the top. I was able to check off a fair amount of must see places back in 2005 while studying in Madrid and am excited to see even more of the continent on this go-around.
As my 90-day Visitor Visa was set to expire in mid June, I technically needed to exit the country in order to re-enter through immigration in Ireland with my new official Work Visa paperwork. Forced to take a quick jaunt into mainland Europe? Sure, twist my arm. In order to accomplish this while also getting some work done I created an agenda that accomplished the following:
-Conducted interviews in Dublin for our new growing sales team.
-Visited a long time SmartBear partner who handles a majority of our business in the Nordic region, based in Copenhagen.
-Met with an engineering firm based in Zurich who is interested in outfitting their clients with SmartBear’s award winning software testing tools all across Switzerland.
-Spent time with two old friends from the States who coincidently both happen to be living and working in Copenhagen at the moment.
-Explored both Copenhagen and Zurich, two incredible cities I had never seen before.
-Drank Vodka’s until dawn with a group of math geniuses based in Copenhagen.
-Toured the streets of Zurich in a brand new Tesla; I swore it felt like being in a James Bond movie.
-Experienced a “Free City” within a city in Copenhagen.
-Watched The Netherlands achieve sweet revenge against Spain in the first round of the World Cup with a bunch of Dutch guys who are studying at the University of Copenhagen.
-And for a fresh dose of reality on my return leg to Ireland, I experienced once again that connecting through London’s Heathrow Airport is something I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. I survived my first ever 10+ minute full on sprint through the airport, with two carry on’s in a full suit to arrive at the boarding gate, dripping sweat and out of breath, with moments to spare. I owe my friends at Aer Lingus for moving through their check in process extra judiciously.
Here are some pics from the trip; I had a blast on the road and can’t wait for the next adventure to begin!