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.

Food:
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. :-)

Beer:
Okay, here is the place!

Office:
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".

People:
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 :-)

Services:
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!)

Language:
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.

Weather:
Cold, really cold!

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

6 comments:

  1. Cold? In Brno? You're just spoiled, my friend :)

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  2. "And Czech, ah, this language is a kind of different than everything I heard before."

    wait till you meet someone from Hungary.

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  3. Welcome to Brno :) And it's not cold out here, last winter it was -20°C, now it is around 0°C.

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  4. Pandinhaaa!! Que da hora!! Vou acompanhar seu blog! Curti mano! Beijos, goridinho!

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  5. que massa ;) boa sorte ai pandoca!

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  6. :) Good to hear! I was supposed to come but...am with the documentation team.

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