Moving to Rotterdam
This is probably the last post I write from Potsdam, Germany, at least for quite a while. I finished my studies at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut for Software-Systems-Engineering on February 28th with the degree of a Bachelor. Now I’m off to Rotterdam to start working at X-Hive, a company building an XQuery enabled XML database called X-Hive/DB and on top of that a Content Management System called X-Hive/Docato.
Both products seem to be really interesting, the team appears to be really cool, and Rotterdam is said to be a nice city too. So I’m really looking forward to this. I have been implementing XQuery as part of a students project in the last semester and I’m really eager to do more on that.
On the other hand, leaving Potsdam is quite sad. I found a lot of really good friends in the 3.5 years I spent in here, and I learned to love the city. From an aesthetic point of view Potsdam probably wins against Rotterdam with all it’s castles, lakes, rivers, parks etc. Rotterdam is quite a modern city, remembering me of Hannover, with lots of modern architecture and an impressive skyline. Let’s see how it works out.
This is the good news. The bad news is that I have to move all my stuff to Rotterdam. It’s not such a big distance (about 900kms from Berlin, should be reachable in one day) but I just hate moving. This is my fourth move in the last 4 years, which is really starting to annoy me. Also, renting a transporter to drive from Potsdam to Rotterdam is unreasonably expensive.