Working on the Move
Due to some unplanned renovations to our apartment, we were forced into getaway mode from early December until the end of February. Quite a jolt for the unexpecting! The best alternative to sitting in a hotel room through a northern German winter while the builders gutted our home was to fly to Spain and sit it out in various scenic locations. It simply had to be done…
Asides from offering an apology for not updating my status for some months, I wanted to touch on the merits and setbacks of working on the move. Not only am I gaining a foothold in my dream profession, but now I’ve had a sample of doing this under dream circumstances… making money, sustaining myself, staying in the loop, while visiting exotic locations.
I met a group of Wall Street investors while I was working in Tulum, Mexico back in 1999. After a naked sunrise yoga session on the beach they sauntered back to their designer bamboo shacks to fiddle with their satellite antennae and check their stocks. Their lifestyles struck me as duplicitous, yes, but I was thoroughly impressed by their life-flexibility. I fantasized of trekking the backroads of the US Southwest on a recumbent bicycle, solar panels on the trailer charging the mobile office from which I would operate my business… I didn’t get as far in my imagination as to what kind of business that would be, but something that didn’t require me to be chained to a desk.
12 years later and there I am loading two suitcases, laptop, girlfriend and 18 month old daughter into a rented car at Malaga airport for an 8 week oddysey through the back-country of Andalucia. I have two contracts to wrap, and four bids out which need constant updating. I managed to book all the accommodation only the previous week (everything was last-minute) with the requirements: babybed, internet, and preferably enclosed playing area or terrace.
This has not been my first time taking my work on the move, by any means, but the most ambitious undertaking so far. To say the least it has been a resounding success, despite a few minor inconveniences. There was the scurrying frantically to every rural hotel and restaurant in the altiplano de Granada in search of a Wifi connection after my laptop caused a blackout in our village. Then there were the gay hotel owners who blasted Whitney Houston all night on news of her death while I was desperately trying to concentrate on an imminent recording script submission directly upstairs. And there was the waiter who told me that the WiFi must have stopped working during a critical download due to the chilliness in the air and suggested I hold my laptop at a higher angle. Nonetheless I finished every project on time, answered each email promptly, and managed to impress at least one client enough to do some further work with me.
Above all, there were the constant distractions, the sights and sounds of Andalucia off the beaten track (what little of it remains so). The wintertime fiestas and the cheap rioja. The spectacular sunsets and the empty off-season beaches. The adventures, the hiking through olive groves and over mountain ranges to slumbering siesta-time white villages. These were at every step inspiring and no doubt gave a little nudge to my creativity. Hiking in the hills over Malaga with my daughter in the backpack, she woke up and we sat under a tree sharing an orange and chit-chatted baby talk while looking out over a sweeping view down to the Med. Moments like that are priceless in life. None of this could have been possible without the support of my girlfriend who gave me the space when I needed it and acted as a brilliant reference and idea resource when I was stuck.
Anyhow thanks for your patience with the website, for those who have been following and wondering what’s up. The next couple of weeks should see further overdue updates including a review of the Nevigo articy:draft tool which I have been testing and experimenting with since last summer.