The sorrows of high-paid work

What to do when you’re in a handsomely paid position but feel dreadful of most working days? When you feel like you’re not challenged, your mind rotting away while others are excited about their work? What to do when you’re paid a fortune to do the work you hate or even abhor? I wish I have come across a post like this 2, 3, maybe 4 years ago. I probably won’t open anyone’s eyes but if just one person in the same pair of shoes finds this post encouraging and gets provoked to think further I consider my mission complete.

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30th anniversary bike tour

2 days, from North to South along route 3

Not even a week has passed since the Ironman bike race but I was already on two wheels cycling across Switzerland. I’ve crossed Switzerland once from West to East in just one go but last week I turned 30 so I looked for something less challenging and more relaxing to celebrate the moment. I took a Friday off and went off on a 2-day bike tour across the country. This time from North to South…

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Bike tour in canton Jura

Summer is starting well...

Summer 2017 is off to a great start! I’ve been using every opportunity to get out and ride. Over the past few weeks I’ve managed to squeeze in 3 Uetliberg ascents / descents (with one over-the-handlebars crash), regular rides with the Zurich/Zug peloton group as well as other local rides. Last Thursday was a holiday so I took Friday off and made a long weekend to make the best out of the great weather. I cycled through canton Jura (rather a part of it) in 2 days. Jura is beautiful! And the tour turned out to be quite difficult…

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Sprechen wir lieber Deutsch?

not failing at language learning

Last Friday I completed German B2 examination. B2 is a fairly difficult level and it’s one step away (although a significant one) from complete fluency (C1). I’d like to share my experience of going from almost zero working German level to being employed at a German speaking company (I’m the only person at the office whose native language isn’t Swiss German or German) in roughly 1 year’s time. I should add that I started the job about 6 months after starting with German. [Read More]


in Madrid, no less

We humans are first to share our greatest achievements and “ups” in life but rarely do we like to admit failures, especially when it’s related to our most cherished values and strivings. Well, I’m human and I fail. More often lately than ever before. My most recent failure is the Madrid marathon 2017 which I was looking forward to…

After breaking a bone during my first 12 marathon in Lausanne in 2015 I had to take a long break from training runs. Fractures take patience. Despite my best efforts and a reworked training plan I experienced an injury about 4 weeks before the marathon date, right after finishing a nice 19Km run along the lake. I hoped for recovery but refrained from making the injury worse. Well, it didn’t heal completely so I took a decision to withdraw from participation. That didn’t preclude me and my DW from seeing Madrid…

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Hugo static site generator

migrating from Octopress to Hugo

I don’t like talking about blog platforms. Usually, you find such posts on abandoned personal web pages. As a rule, such a post goes on to talk in length about the technical solution and the configuration. Unfortunately, the author then posts a couple of brief updates and disappears forever. In other words, posting about the blogging platform is a bad omen. I have restrained myself from discussing this blog’s setup until now and I hope this won’t ruin it.

This blog is powered by a static site generator. I type content into plain text files and then a program generates a complete website with all the links, styles and pages. There is no admin console and no WYSIWYG editor. There is no database and no dynamic server-side environment. Last week I have migrated from one generator (Octopress) to another (Hugo). In this post I’d like to briefly share how I run this blog and how the migration went.

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