Since 2004, Alison has been the lone voice in the ether, documenting the ups and downs of our life as expats, the challenges of a trailing spouse, and the benefits of living in Europe. She’s shared bits of my experiences with all of you in her blog, but I thought it was time that I spoke to you directly.
First, if you don’t already know, I’m a technologist (aka geek). I provide Alison with IT and web support, hack at Wordpress/MovableType/PixelPost/Twitter to improve my understanding of them, and spend a lot of time experiementing with new technologies (like Twitter APIs, Facebook Apps, etc). Technology is my passion and I’m almost always ‘logged on’. There are more computers and operating systems in our house than mammals. Besides technology, I also enjoy history and traveling, which makes living in Europe very convenient.
Both Alison and I have always struggled to explain, in a few words, what I do professionally. The simplest answer is I’m a consultant and I sell/customize/install/configure my company’s software which our customers use to provide support. There is a much longer answer but my editor has requested that I keep this article under 500 words.
For my contribution to CheeseWeb, I plan to write about things I’m experiencing here in Belgium: business, technology, and travel. I’ve found there are a lot of interesting technology related events happening around the country. Belgium may be relatively small, compared to Canada, but there is a lot of innovation happening here. There are many groups that get together, both formally and informally, to discuss technology. It’s inspiring for me to find people who are innovating and want to share what they are doing. In the same spirit, I want to get to know more about what is happening and share that with you. Occasionally I will also share some of the challenges I’m facing and my perspectives on life as an expat in order to complement (I hope!) what Alison is doing.
Finally, I am not a writer. Thanks in advance to Alison for her copy editing skills and for helping me stayed focused in each post.
I look forward to blazing this path together with you all and hope you find it interesting!
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