sexta-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2017

Freistil it

I had a lovely internship in Freistil. Everyone was so kind and helpful.
This is a distributed company, I was afraid the this supposed a problem, we all know that IT related work is a bit demanding when things go down.
But this company is very communicative, they have different chat rooms to pass on information work related, personal related, company related, etc. It made it easier for me find the answer even when the tutor wasn´t online or very busy.
And it was even more helpful all the free coffee I could drink.

Jochen Lillich -As Managing Director, Jochen takes care of the business as a whole. We had several face-to-face meetings along the internship. And once a day we had a videocall. He also took me to Drupal Camp, and had a lot of patience explaining Drupal and how their cloud servers work.
The rest of the team:
Markus Heurung - Markus is responsible for all daily operations at freistil IT.

Philipp Kaiser - As a system administrator, Philipp makes sure the IT infrastructure stays healthy.

Simon Mügge - As a Systems Administrator, Simon makes sure the IT infrastructure stays healthy.

And finally Susanne, I made the mistake of not asking for a picture or her last name.

I´ll always be thankful towards them. They made it look so easy.

domingo, 3 de dezembro de 2017

Cold Bye!

Everyday feels colder.
I walk everyday to the office from the hostel, and there is this small pond by the river, next to the CHQ building, and it´s frozen!

terça-feira, 28 de novembro de 2017


Bom dia.

Para começar, queríamos apresentar-nos. Somos Diego e Alejandro, dois estudantes de 24 e 17 anos. Cursamos estudos de IT no IES San Clemente de Santiago de Compostela (Espanha).
Proximamente vamos realizar uma estadia em Lisboa dentro do projeto Erasmus+, entre o 2 e o 17 de janeiro. Nesse tempo, esperamos viver uma experiência gratificadora, na qual esperamos aprender coisas novas e conhecer muitas pessoas.
Finalmente, queremos agradecer o INETE e a Teleperformance por nos acolherem neste projeto. Esperamos devolver a confiança que têm depositado em nós. Até janeiro!


Diego e Alejandro.

Diego Vilar Beiras (esquerda) e Alejandro Buján Pampín (direita) 

sábado, 25 de novembro de 2017

domingo, 19 de novembro de 2017


Paredes, um concelho da região norte, que passou a integrar a área metropolitana do Porto, e lugar onde eu estou trabalhando e residindo.

Como podem ver, é um lugar tranquilo e pinturesco, com urbanizações muito semelhantes às da Galiza e também um lugar onde comer bem, então, com todas essas peculiaridades não posso deixar de sentir, mesmo sabendo que estou em outro país, que nunca deixei a Galiza. Excepto que está mais quente aqui.

Francesinha, prato típico do lugar

terça-feira, 7 de novembro de 2017

Drupal Camp

Last weekend I went on a trip to Cliffs of Moher. It's expensive, long, but worth it.

On the 20th and 21st of October, I assisted to Drupal Camp, thanks to Jochen Lillich:

And here I am during DrupalCamp, those necklaces were from Freistil.

terça-feira, 31 de outubro de 2017

Tradições universitárias

Que vou comentar que não tivesse comentado no estágio de verão?

Porto é muito bonito e a gente muito amável e cooperativa. O mais especial que me aconteceu foi quando estava na estação do comboio, coincidiu que havia muitos garotos e garotas a celebrar novatadas para ganhar o direito a usar a capa preta, um costume muito arraigado nas universidades de Portugal, com muito transfundo e com uma cheia de regras para usar a vestimenta.

Aqui podem ver a quantidade de gente, e só era uma parte...

quinta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2017

Before and After Ophelia

So you know, hurricane Ophelia came this Monday through Ireland:
We were on red alert, everything was closed. The CHQ building were I work, was closed at 11am. LUAS and bus services closed.

In Dublin it wasn't that bad. But there were 2 killed by the storm in Ireland.

And after Ophelia, now arrives to Ireland, Brian.

Famine Memorial

 Behind Trinity College.

 Trinity College


By the river

Triumphal Arch in CHQ 

Street Lamps 

I don't go out a lot, but every time I'm out, there is always something awesome to look at. I always have my phone prepared to take pictures.

sexta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2017

Internship in Freistil

I arrived last week to Dublin. Took the bus n16 to City Centre, and went to the hostel where I'll be living for 2 weeks.
I tried to find accommodation, a single or shared room. I find it very difficult. I tried FB groups, whatsApp groups,,, easy roommates, roomster, erasmusu, uniplaces, isaccomodation... You get what I mean. And everything is so crazy expensive, and a piece of advice, never, ever tell the that you are only staying for 3 months, or it will be impossible to find anything.
For now I'll be staying in hostels, I've found out that they are way cheaper than shared rooms, and for me, they are closer to the CHQ building.

I'm doing my internship in Freistil. This is a Drupal focused servers distributed company. The people working there are so amazing, they are king, open minded, flexible, still willing to help and make you feel comfortable. Right now we are listing my internship schedule. I have lots of work to do, I have a big final project in mind, that means no guiri time.

Inside Court House Quay building:

sexta-feira, 29 de setembro de 2017

Torre de Belém e Cascais

Nestes últimos días estiven visitando a torre de Belém e o mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

Tamén visitei Cascais e a boca do inferno que é a versión portuguesa da costa da morte en Galiza.

sexta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2017

Caminhada en Sintra

O fin de semana pasado fun dar un paseo por Sintra que está a 45 minutos de Lisboa en tren. En Sintra vin castelos, entre eles o Castelo da Pena, o máis famoso.

Tamén estiven na Quinta da Regaleira, un lugar marabilloso por toda a natureza que alí hai.

segunda-feira, 18 de setembro de 2017

domingo, 17 de setembro de 2017

Working as a programmer in London!

Hello reader! Hope you are doing good these days and thank you for dedicating a little bit of your time to reading this post, it really means a lot!

Hippo is always there for you at the office!

As you may or may not know, six months ago I came here, to London, to take part of an internship. The company I was assigned to was called Vassit UK, one of the divisions of Vass, a spanish IT consultacy based on Madrid.

During the three months that the experience lasted I learnt a lot, met lots of new people and grew up a little bit as an individual. But most importantly, unexpectedly, I got hired!

Flying back to Spain!

After comming back to Spain to end the trimester, and after spending one month with my family and friends, I came back to the big city. I was really excited! I was still hessitant to leave home, tho, but I had already made my mind months back during my internship; having some time to prepare emotionally is really important!

A panorama of our little office at the Vassit UK headquarters!

Now that I am here the excitement is still strong, motivated by passion. Still, there are some problems that I would like to talk about. This is dedicated to anyone that likes programming as much as I do and are planning on working for big enterprises such as banks and international firms.

You see, these entities are governed by people with lots and lots of money, big whales to be exact. These people usually only care about profit and very little about others. Thus, you may be treated as a pseudo-slave of sorts rather than a real, valuable, human being.

As a result you may be assigned a desk with a computer and demanded to work for 8 hours straight on a project that very well may not even be ready for development. You will get tired of all the internal burocracy really quick, as they will guard your each and every step you take!

At least this is what happened to me, as I have to commute every day from London to Milton Keynes and work alone in a desk surrounded by dozens of other people I don't know and cannot talk to. It is extremely boring and I usually ask myself: what am I doing in here? I just don't feel like I belong to this place and it doesn't help that I am one of the youngest in this massive office!

The big office at Milton Keynes

But worry not my friend. Every problem always has a solution! In fact I am currently really happy working in London at the Vassit UK headquarters; I had to talk to my manager and we sorted things out, so that I don't have to go to Milton Keynes while the project remains halted and no more people joins the team.

This experience has made me realize how important it is to have things to do at work to remain motivated, make progress and learn, and how awful it is to feel like you are wasting your time when there is none!

I had the opportunity to see the reactions of newcommers to this same project and, so far, noone is happy working in there. We are now doing our own things and having fun playing around with code and learning together many interesting things that will help us in the future. It's really great!

This is a garden in Bath, a roman city near to Stonehedge. It gives me peace and hope looking at this picture :)

I honestly hope that you don't have to go through this but, if you do, please don't give up! Make a list of things you are interested in learning, bring it to work and share it with your team to do interesting stuff while there is nothing else to do! This is an oportunity to grow and learn beyond the scope of  the project, so take advantage of it!

And if this is your first experience abroad, don't waste it! Every minute away from home teaches you something new and strengthens your personality!

Take care my friend, and I wish you the best in this journey!