The last 3 weeks in a nutshell
I moved out of Netherlands, terminated my job, my apartment rental, took care of (hopefully) all administrative hassle, and then went for a stay at my hometown to relax, catch up with my family and friends and create my own company. I then went to Paris a few days to deal with more administrative stuff and catch up with a few more friends. I hopped on a plane to Malaysia to stay for two days at a friend’s place, and now I have been since yesterday in Jakarta, Indonesia, where I’ll stay 2 months.
Finding time to work
As expected, this is the ONE big challenge right now. Between all the things mentioned above plus transportation, being in a different city with so many things to do and see, friends to catch up with, my work time has been under severe attack so far. I wonder how many hours of work per week I will adjust to, but for now it has not been that much. I’ve actually started to write a journal at the end of every day with:
- how long I worked on what (1/2 h granularity)
- what I’m going to do the following day (also know as TODO list)
Working from cafes in Paris (and other free wifi opportunities)
My first experience with being a nomad worker in constant need of wifi signal was in Paris these last few days. Going from place to place searching for a free wifi that doesn’t expire after 20 minutes ended up being more time-consuming than I thought. A lot of places do offer free wifi that expires after 20 or 30 minutes, after that you need to subscribe to a monthly service costing 20 euros (a bit too much for staying only a couple of days).
I found a good spot at the library at Place d’Italie. I’ve never really worked from a library since the end of my studies, and I would say this is a good option in Paris. Wifi is free and reasonably fast, and as long as you can get a table, you can work in pretty good conditions. From what I’ve heard, there’s also free wifi in most of the city’s libraries.
As I have several friends in Paris, I also just worked from their apartment, that was the simplest solution. That being said, I can already see it’s very refreshing to be in a social setting and not to sit all day in the same apartment you stay at night too.
Dealing with papers at home
Since I’m going to be away for 5 months, I needed to make sure letters sent to me would be processed. Usually, it wouldn’t be that many letters, but considering I’ve just started a company and French administration is usually quite paper-intensive, I’m expecting to receive a few letters.
I have anticipated that and asked what letters I would receive from several parties (bank, state etc). I also trained my mom to scan a letter and save it under a shared dropbox folder. That way I will have instantly access to the letter scan on the other side of the world. Since I’ve left only for a week it’s still a bit early to see if that arrangement will work well. In the future I might have to have the letters being processed and scanned by a company, like what VirtualPostMail does. I don’t know if such a service exists in France though.