Friday, 21 December 2007

Celebration

Nothing better than having a feast with colleagues after a long year of fun, joy and professional growth of course! ;)

PGS Software has provided an official dinner to celebrate the end of the year. It happened in one of the best steakhouses in Wrocław,PL: "Rodeo Drive" - An american steakehouse indeed. Comparing to last year's celebration, PGS now has 150% more employees and next year we will need to find a bigger place to celebrate. :)
We also had guests from the other PGS office in Rzeszów (Southeast of Poland), they travelled 7 hours by train just to attend the meeting.

Another good thing here in PGS is: Those employees who get married automatically win a very special prize! a weekend stay in a polish resort, 'sponsored' by PGS! LOL! So, if you are a hot chick, speak polish or slovak, and know how to cook really good, just let me know. ;)

We, employees, also felt grateful and we collected money to buy presents to PGS' owners: Paweł, Wojtek and Monika.
Moreover, PGS had given each of us a nice christmas present: a suitcase (with handle and wheels). really good!

Thx PGS!

More photos:


Sunday, 16 December 2007

Jingle bell rock

Ho ho ho, it's christmas time! Last weekend I joined my friends from University of Technology on the christmas celebration weekend. Lots of fun!
This meeting gathered around thirty people. Among them, only two foreigners: Nano from Brazil and Tatsiana from Belarus. This meeting took place in a very cozy venue in the hills of Sobótka,PL. As the only non-slavonic person attending this meeting, I had special care and as people noticed I had few polish language skills, they were very pleased to help me learning more expressions and moreover they were trying to speak to me slowly as an attempt to make me understand better, I'm grateful for that.
The agenda had some learning activities and also parties. Let's focus on the parties! LOL! On friday we had a party whose theme was "Angels & Demons"... Mmm... Which side would I join? Of course I joined the evil force, I'm the heavy metal guy and, besides, angels only play harps. I play electric guitar. LOL! Check out one photo of me and one of my foes below. There wouldn't be no evil without the good, they must coexist. :)
During the party I took over the lead of songs queue, and I've played some brazilian classics such as "A Namorada" by Carlinhos Brown, well known for carnival compositions.
If you wanna see polish people dancing that song in such a funny and crazy way, go ahead:

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On the second day, we had an unforgettable 'unofficial' christmas eve, with a tasty banquet. The room was totally decorated for the ocasion.

We also had a Santa Claus and presents. During the presents' delivery, Santa asked me to sing some song in portuguese in order to give me my present. Damn, I was so shy! If I knew I had to perform some stunt I'd probably have gotten drunk before. LOL.
Anyway, I ended up singing "Sozinho" by Peninha. When I was singing I heard nothing else, except for my voice, everybody was staring at my (poor) performance. Damn! my voice is too low! But anyway, for them, it didn't make any difference. They were impressed to hear something in a very beautiful language such as the brazilian portuguese. I even got applauses for that. :P

More photos:

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

New office


PGS Software just moved to a new and bigger office, twice as far as the previous but three times bigger.
I took a photo of my new desk (left). As you can see, I got my two LCDs, my black 1920's style hat and my polish cooking book on the desk. Perfect environment for software developing, except for one thing that is still missing... The kitchen is not ready yet, so the lady that comes here everyday to make sandwiches is not comming until the kitchen is ready.
My polish cooking book is useless here anyway. In fact I don't cook in the company but I keep the book here so I can choose what to cook and buy the ingredients on the way back to home.
The closest restaurant to the new office is a bit expensive, so in the next days I'll try to reach some cheaper restaurants few stops from here, so I can get something more substancial for less :P


Photos of the new building (yesterday):


Photos of the packing day (last friday):


Monday, 3 December 2007

Sunday at Magnolia Park, newest shopping center of Wrocław.


What really took me to that place was the "Burger King" ... The day before I had seen a commercial on the cinema just before the movie "Resident Evil: Zagłada" starts... LOL. Funny thing is: A new 2-floor Burger King had been built on a place 3-min away (by foot) from my previous residence in Brazil, just 1 month after I arrived in Poland...

Magnolia Park is powered by a big cinema, a big 'TESCO' supermarket, a big 'Saturn' store for cameras, mp3s, plasma tv sets, mobile phones, laptops and so on... There are also lots of places to sit and have a coffee or an ice-cream.

I was surprised when I saw a demonstration... a polish guy dressed-up like Aladdin, and carrying some 'Boa constrictors' -- in Brazil these are known as 'Jiboias', not poisoning snakes, but normally very agressive while in their natural habitat, maybe these ones had been borned in captivity, that's why they were so kind snakes. Right beside the snakes' show-off I could have tried indoor climbing... Mmm... maybe next time :P

I also made a video:


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More photos:



(click to enlarge)

Monday, 19 November 2007

A dream called "Slovakia"


Only 4 days. But enough to be unforgettable. How can every moment be so magic? That's how was my trip to beautiful Slovakia. I was invited by Zuzka (Zuzkita, :P ) to an AIESEC Conferece in Štrba city, close to the High Tatra mountains. Zuzka is my slovakian friend who lived in Brazil for one year and speaks portuguese fluently, so cool! My friend Luis also joined me for this conference.

1st Day (14-NOV-2007): First step of this adventure was to face seven hours by train departing from Wroclaw (the meeting place!) to Katowice (for a train connection) and then to Žilina in Slovakia. At the train station in Katowice, I wasn't sure which train was going to Slovakia, and I tried to ask in Polish to one of the drivers who were outside and the driver was Slovak, he noticed I'm not a native polish speaker and he thought I was Slovak(as I was heading SK), then he spoke to me very fast in Slovak, I couldn't understand a word... then he asked me: "Slovak?", and then I said: "NIE!! Brazyliczykiem!!" LOL!! So he laughted a bit and pointed the train saying: "Słowacja, tak tak". A couple hours later the train reached the slovak border and immigration officers (one slovak and one polish) came inside the train to check our passports. I think they had never seen brazilians before... they were so curious, and read all the pages of our passports. I could understand part of the conversation they were having, they said something like that:

Officer #1: "Hey, we got 2 brazilians!"
Officer #2: "Oh, Let me see."
Officer #1: "Do they need visa?"
...

LOL! After few minutes we were free to go! :)



We decided to stay in Žilina for 1 night before heading the venue in Štrba. Žilina is a small city in northern Slovakia, with around 67.000 inhabitants. Žilina has a cute, small and cozy city center:



We t
ried to contact some AIESEC member in Žilina to find accomodation but they were all gone to the conference in high tatras except for Peng, nice chinese dude who offers us accomodation. Thx Peng! eheh! We were also invited to a chinese bash in his dormitory, we had chinese food cooked by two very talented chinese girls! Two french guys and a portuguese also joined us.



2nd Day (15-NOV-2007): Heading the venue in High Tatras(Štrba) which is close to Poprad. We stayed in a very cozy hotel, totally 'mountain style'. Nice view to the mountains. We didn't even wanted to close the curtains! eheh! For the first day I met others foreigners studying or working in Slovakia... three romanians, one lithuanian, two german girls and one greek and three more chinese guys. At night, during party, we had drinking competition! For the first time I accepted to join such. The rules were simple. Five people on a team(at least 2 girls) and we just had to be faster than the other team. We made a Brazilian-Romanian alliance: 2 Brazillians, 3 Romanians. And we named our team: C.M.F.F.A. (which means: "Crazy Mother Fuckers From Abroad"). But it didn't work so well, we lost in the first round against the AIESEC comittee of Banska Bystrica, Luis spilled half of his beer on his t-shirt. LOL. I was making fun of him all night long, saying: "Dude, you should have tried to drink it only through the mouth...". LOL.



3rd Day (16-NOV-2007): On the third day the weather was so good, very sunny. So we(people from abroad) decided to go for a walk in the mountains guided by an Slovakian dude, Stocky. We made lots of photos (click to enlarge):




We also tried some "butt-skiing" as you can see in this video:

video

As the night set we had a global village, in which we had a lot of fun!! The Brazilian stand was surrounded by people all the time! Everybody wanted to taste the brazilian "caipirinha", yeah! But the problem was that we didn't have one of the main ingredients for the caipirinha: ICE.

In fact we had plenty of this main ingredient outside:



We thought that maybe we mustn't show what was our source! Yeah.. that's right! We made capirinha with snow, and of course also lemons, sugar, and brazilian 'cachaca' brought by Leleh (brazilian girl who was also attending the conference). We also had a 7-min presentation of Brazil and they projected it during the party. Everybody was watching it and screaming: "Brazil! Brazil!" -- so cool. I was wearing my favourite Sepultura t-shirt! World wide known brazilian metal band! :)

4th Day (17-NOV-2007): The 13 hours long journey back home. Three train changes, delays, and when we finally arrive in Wroclaw, we took the wrong night bus and we ended up in the other side of the town. :P

More photos:




Also an extra video, snow fun:

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Next time, I will also visit Bratislava and Banska Bystrica! ;)

Sunday, 11 November 2007

"When the winter comes, and the cold sets in..."

First snow falls in Wroclaw for this cold season 07/08, and drastically changed the landscapes around here. Probably it's gonna melt, because it's still autumn... This upcoming winter is gonna rock the party. For Shehzia (from India) and Luis (from Brazil) it's their first time with snow, they are really excited. Next month we're gonna have enough snow for a battle, and we can even make a championship. :P

We found time to make a small snowman in front of our dormitory, but it melted afterwards. There are still some leaves in the trees, and snowmen can't stand long. Autumn still prevails.





I tried to take the most beautiful pictures I could, with my cellphone's camera. I hope they are beautiful enough for whomever reading my blog. :) Winter is so beautiful when combined with nature.






Also two small videos:


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