25 Dec


Published by ballesterosdm


thought, sports, sailing

It's been more than 9 years since I started writing in this blog (a few more if we take into account its predecessor). Since then, I have written an entry at least once a year. It's already December, and I have decided to do a brief summary of 2016 not to break that honourable tradition.

I could say that 2016 has been a year of changes.

After ten years training Karate, in January I decided to stop. I'm quite sure that sooner or later I will start again, but the truth is that since I moved to London it's never been the same, I had never felt as involved as I was in Gijón.

Anyway, since I'm a bit of an itchy feet, in January I also decided to start training with Premier Tri, a triathlon club in Southwest London. When I went to the trial session I realized that that was exactly what I was looking for, a very relaxed atmosphere that made me feel at home from day one. Obviously, I have improved a lot (I have already done a few Olympic distance triathlons, and next year I want to do my first half), but the main reasons why I keep training it's just this good atmosphere and the good moments... let's face it, I don't have a great future in triathlons! :D

Changes, because in May the former landlady told us that she needed the flat, so we had to move houses. Truth is that we didn't move far from where we were and we are still in Battersea. We are in a much better place now, but economically it's been also a considerable difference. After 3 and a half years living here, and given the price of renting, it's time to start thinking of buying a property, but with Brexit just around the corner, it's worth waiting and see what happens.

Another recurring topic in this blog is sailing. Although sailing hasn't been one of my priorities in 2016, earlier this year I passed the Marine Radio Short Range Certificate exam, one of the steps I need to get any of the Yatchmaster certificates. Without a doubt, the experience of the year, was crossing the English Channel in a weekend (in total almost 200 nautical miles). You can have a look at the track in and It was a very good experience, but much harder than I had anticipated, specially the outbound leg, where we had rough weather conditions and choppy sea, I have to admit that, for the first time, I felt seasick... but it was a bit weird, instead of feeling it in the boat (as normal people do), I felt it as soon as we stopped in France (can it be called soresick??). Anyway, I was OK, after a couple of hours of sleep on the way back.

Well, more things have happened this year, as for instance my first Mediterranean Cruise, but this is already too long.

See you next time!

29 May

A year later

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I know, I haven't lived a year in London yet, but I left mi former work at Fundación CTIC just a year ago and I really think that this is the proper moment to share some of the things that I have learnt during this time:

  • I remember my last day in CTIC like a sad one, it wasn't easy to say goodbye to 8 and a half years of my life, but I have to admit that I felt better very soon and in a short period of time I was adapted to my new life. Changes are not so difficult as they might look.
  • Friends are neither created nor destroyed they are only transformed. During this time I've realized how difficult is to keep in contact with friends when you are living away. On the one hand because I'm usually quite busy here and on the other hand because the people just carry on with their life, but the thing is that at the end of the day the job is not done. Anyway, in this city is pretty easy to know people and it's amazing how people that I've met for the first time a few months ago seem like if they had been always there.
  • IKEA effect: once you have established your routine (for me things such as, working, training, sailing?) it doesn't matter where you are, you are at home.
  • From the business point of view, I would just said that my eyes have been opened. It's possible to do things in a different and much better way. I can see how things that in Spain were like unmentionable are done here and they work (I could provide some examples, but I don't want to hurt anyone).
  • Talking to people from different cultures and knowing different ways of live (even things that from my point of view should never happen) makes you think in a different way and opens your mind.
  • It's possible to ride a bike in London and keep alive (so far) :P. I'll write later on about biking in London, I think it deserves its own post.

That's all, no more thoughts. I'll keep reporting.

06 Mar

Why do I like working from home?

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First of all, I would like to explain that I really enjoy the office environment: I like having people around to talk, coffee / tea breaks, foosball.... and being honest, nowadays I wouldn't like to be forced to work from home day after day, I'm sure I would miss the colleagues. However, I actually love being able to work from home whenever I want.

The main reason why I like it, is because the office is usually too noisy and distractions are all around. When I have to be really focus on a task, I feel much more productive working from home. A couple of years ago I started using the pomodoro technique, I don't know if you have tried to apply it in the office... if so, you will be tired of explaining people what it's about and asking them to wait for the proper moment to be served =). Anyway, most of times explanations are pretty useless :(

A few days ago, a collegue sent me a video of Jason Fried talking about this same problem... in fact, this is the main reason for writting this post.

Enjoy it!