Same job, new location: Santa Clara Valley (California)
Today an envelop arrived at home containing our passports with US visa stamps expiring on Summer 2013. This was the last step before knowing for certain that our 3,5 years in Finland will be followed by a next phase in California. In short, the plan is to empty our house in Helsinki by the end of June, fly to San Francisco during our holidays in July and go back to work in August at the Nokia offices in Mountain View. A collateral damage of this relocation is that I will miss aKademy, OSCON, GUADEC and the Community Leadership Summit that I was really looking forward to attend. At least now it will be easier to visit Jono, one of my personal local heroes.
I’m keeping the same role (MeeGo Community Office coordinator + open source misc @ Nokia) and the same manager. The MeeGo project and all its network of actual and potential connections has been a major reason for this relocation (great Mexican food being another one…) I’m looking forward for the combination of American timezones and European background when collaborating with all kinds of free software players in the MeeGo context. As usual, I’m ready to learn as much as I’m willing to be helpful.
We are living exciting times in our industry, and the Santa Clara Valley is a very exciting place to be! The second most interesting news this week after our US visas was the announcement of the future location of the Nokia Offices in San Francisco Bay Area: Sunnyvale Downtown. Nokia employees spread in the offices of Mountain View, Redwood City, Menlo Park and San Francisco are supposed to join a common building by the end of the year. Sounds like an interesting time for Nokia in the Bay Area, and I’m almost honoured of contributing my little bit in that process too.
Personal life appendix
200 Mathilda Ave @ Sunnyvale seems to be a location open to many combinations keeping me apart from car commuting – something that I deeply hate and have successfully avoided in my professional career. There are several bus stops and the Caltrain station nearby. Plus most of the valley is flat (the areas where we could afford to live anyway) and most of the year the weather is compatible with cycling, even for a Mediterranean guy like me. Also it turns out that my little kids, German native speakers, will have a good chance to have a soft immersion in the bilingual German international school that happens to be in Mountain View, quite close.
Where will we end up living? Who knows now. After some years of rural Spain and some more of quiet Finnish suburbia, Katja and me start missing a bit more of an urban, active and populated context. San Francisco city would be excellent even with the train commute, if it wouldn’t be for the real family life we are having with our 3 and 5 years old children. Maybe Sunnyvale near Downtown can bring that balance? Maybe something affordable and convenient still exists in Palo Alto? Any tips are welcome!
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