Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Brno - First impressions!

I just arrived in Brno 2 days ago (17.02.2013) and I think this is a good opportunity to share what I found here.

Public transportation:
Differently from Brazil, it really works here, at least the lines I've trying to use until now.
There is a really easy connection between city center and the Red Hat office. It's something about 20 minutes inside a tram, but usually you can find a seat to sit and the frequency of the trams is something really impressive, 5 minutes between one and another, during the "work hour" (until 19:00). After this the frequency is decreased a bit, something about 10 minutes between each tram and it is decreasing until the midnight, when you can get a tram each hour. The price is really cheap, mainly if you can buy a 3 months ticket (actually, I still don't bought this one, need to take a picture and bla bla bla). But it is really better and cheaper than in Brazil.

It's good, but it's heavy.
Actually I just have had 2 dinners and 1 lunch, all of them eating pork (usually with potatoes). The food is also cheaper than in Brazil. Yesterday, with Bruno Gonçalves and Rui Matos, we ate some ribs in a typical (?) Czech restaurant. All meals here, at least in the dinner, can serve easily a couple (at least if you're a brazilian and are not so big/fat than me). A weird stuff here is that, before the lunch, they usually serve soup. Makes sense, the weather contributes with this, but it is a bit unusual in my country. :-)

Okay, here is the place!

Actually I just did a quick visit to the Red Hat office and the office looks really nice. Good chairs, big monitors (yay!), good computers. There are some snacks in the office, I think it is public (if not, sorry, I just ate someone's snack) :-).
Looks like will be really easy to fell "in home".

Actually I just met Rui Matos, Bruno Gonçalves, Christian Schaller, Florian, the HR people and another Red Hat guys (this list was being increased while i was writing the post)  that I really don't remember the name (sorry about that) for a lunch. They look nice and friendly! :-)
Hope I can meet the rest of the team soon :-)

I've already moved to a flat (thanks Bruno Gonçalves for this), bought a Czech mobile number, asked for internet, opened a bank account  ... fortunately to do all this stuff I found English speakers in: the phone store, real agency and, for internet, Foreigners (brno.foreigners.cz) took care about this (thanks Liduska!)

Yeah, there are some restaurants (the most part, maybe?) where they don't speak English. And Czech, ah, this language is a kind of different than everything I heard before. It'll be really hard to learn but let's do the things go.

Cold, really cold!

Yeah, summarizing, looks like I'm going to live in a really nice and cold place :-)