๐Ÿ“˜ Thursday, June 2, 2022, Badalona

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After a regular night’s sleep woke up feeling ok and went straight for work. Prepared a hot steamy coffee, sat down my newly cleaned laptop and proceeded to type away.

On wednesday landed a new client so new project is underway. Gotta make some dough, cuz the mortgage ain’t paying itself. This reminds me though, I have to finalize my WebbingApps client portal so I can automatize most of these support tasks I do over and over again. That way I’d be able to look for my clients and service them properly.

During the afternoon break went to the bank for an administrative task and afterwards went to greet my old gym partners at Club Boxa Sant Adriร . Everybody is doing fine as expected, training hard and getting ready for new matches. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend those events in this month or the next.

Afterwards worked until dinner and at night played a bit of Age of Empires 2 to relax and take my mind off from work.

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๐Ÿ“˜ Tuesday, May 31, 2022, Badalona

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Tuesday morning, gotta continue the good hard work.

Woke up feeling ok, but with a bit of stiffness and pain in my cervicals and shoulders. Had to do a bit of walking around and stretching for it to subside for a little bit so I could spend the entire day sitting and focus on work.

Did a cleanup of the computer and proceeded with planning the agenda for the day. After planning I started setting up the different “virtual desktops” for each different projects and tasks so as to keep things organized and separated. Otherwise I’ll have to maintain a mental picture of which windows goes with what task and project.

Aside from work I also did a little bit of exploring, accounts maintenance, budget estimations and of course, a little bit of gaming to take my mind off from the stress of work. Also, I like to dwelve into a rabbit hole of Wikipedia topics and articles, just as a fun “aside”. There are tons of interesting topics out there waiting to be (re)discovered.

Other than those two things, did some catching up with friends and family. Seems like everybody is coming back to Barcelona, so I’ve got the chance to meet everybody again before going back home to Armenia.

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๐Ÿ“˜ Saturday, May 28, 2022, Barcelona

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Good morning y’all! What a night it was! Lost a couple of teeth in a street “playa” fight! ๐Ÿ˜น
Keep reading to find out the full story! lol.

Overall, yesterday was quite a good day. It started out nicely, getting right on the laptop and started working. Later in the afternoon, the optical fibre internet technician came to install the new Jaztell 1Gbps line! Got installed quick because the optical fibre line was already there from a previous company. I got the sweet 1Gbps! ๐Ÿ’–

Feels good to finally enjoy these crazy speeds! Hopefully I can get the same in Armenia. One can hope.

At night I had a meetup with my good friend Yasir and co. Met up at Monkey Factory, but we went walking to another meetup because Monkey was empty. At the other place it was way more crowded and with a better atmosphere. At the new place (can’t remember the name) we met with a group of people we knew, so we played some pool, chatted for a bit, had a drink, and afterwards decided to go to the beach.

We bought some snacks and sat on the sands of the Barceloneta beach. All was fine and dandy, listening to some music on Parthik’s speaker he went to get, eating the snacks, joking around and chatting.

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๐Ÿ“˜ Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Barcelona

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Almost 2 months since the last entry. Plenty of time for plenty of things to happen!

Since my last 5 minute journal post I’ve moved back to Barcelona (for vacations), went to VOMA’s military training, met many like-minded people there, partied hard with them, got some work done, went to work at my cousin’s company for a few days as part of a job interview, and many more things.

I’ll dedicate a couple more in-depth posts to a few of the topics I mentioned previously. For now I’ll keep it short, sweet and to the point. All I want for now is to publish a journal entry so that I can take this huge load off my head.

Moving forward (I know I’ve repeated this ad nauseam already) I’ll try to write more often, preferably daily.

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๐Ÿ“˜ Monday, Apr. 4, 2022, Yerevan

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New week, new Monday, of new month. Starting the day by sleeping relatively on time (going by my standards ๐Ÿ˜น) and waking up early before 8AM. Grabbed me a properly made coffee, took my time waking up with a nice gata and jumped on the tasks at hand. Already got a few out of the way and feeling refreshed.

It’s good taking on tasks sooner than later instead of letting them build up in my head and drain my brain energy.

Anyho’, talked with some friends and family, offering help and asking for some too. I’m currently looking for an appartment in or near the center of Yerevan so I can be closer to work and the boxing gym. Another reason I’d like to be closer to the city center is to go for walks when feeling like it, be close to events that might be happening, meet up with friends more frequently, etc.

Living on the outskirts is good for some things, but not so good for others.

In any case, got some work in front of me for today aside from the boxing training later tonight.

See ya.

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๐Ÿ“˜ Friday, Apr. 1, 2022, Yerevan

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It sure doesn’t feel like 3 months have gone past by, but yet here wer are; at the start of April of 2022. I’m still not as fully committed to my daily tasks for the long-term goals. The end goals are clear as water in my head, but the actual steps to get there aren’t. I spend too much time and energy just thinking about how I “might” go about the tasks rather than specifying and zooming in into proper doable tasks.

Writing about this constant nagging I’ve got going in my head kinda does help relieving the stress it produces. It’s a constant nag, even when working, that constantly makes me think that I’m not working on something that I should be working on, or that I’m not working properly on the tasks, or that I’m forgetting something, or that I should plan before doing anything, or, or, or…

It’s pretty tiring. And it doesn’t help that I’ve got real life problems to take care of too at the same time. Someone’s gotta pay the bills, take care of his body, look for a wifu, enlist in the voluntary military sel-defense training camp, work on personal-projects, work on the long-term Aybuben project, properly set up my own business, get the business going, etc.

Ufff… anyhow… that’s what’s up. I’m looking into getting organized and use some task manager to order my to-do’s and get to them on a timely manner and without constant worry of not doing it properly or in the right order.

That was a long way of explaining how I’ve been waking up every day these last few years. Constantly worrying.

Enough bitching though, time to work!

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๐Ÿ“˜ Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2022, Yerevan

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Time flies by… It’s already March. And March 8th at that. International women’s day. Gotta congratulate mom and auntie.

Today woke up to a couple more invoices and what not. Not the best way for waking up I guess. Gotta change the waking up ritual otherwise I’ll just set myself up for a bad day before I even get out of the bed.

In any case, Happy International Women’s Day! May may female readers get loads of flowers, chocolate and presents!

Back to business, back to work!

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๐Ÿ“˜ Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, Yerevan

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Woke up after sleeping some 7-8 hours approx., but decided to sleep in for a bit because of not feeling well rested. At first felt a bit thirsty and dry mouth.

When I woke up I did a mental walkthrough of the work ahead of me and kinda felt tired having to take on all the tasks. It also felt like pointless if for any reason I were to die and my work left uncompleted, so I decided to keep on working and all the while with a backup system in place to make sure others can pick up at where I checked out.

Another thing I first thought about was my relationships with other people. My friends, family and particularly during these weeks the search of a wife. Time and effort has to be put in to create and nurture those relationships. If not they’ll just fade out.

In any case, work is to be done and tonight gotta go to boxing training, so better start now.

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๐Ÿ“˜ Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, Yerevan

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Wow! It has been a month since I finally moved back to my motherland, Armenia!

During my last couple weeks in Armenia, and after I went back to Spain, we reached an agreement with my uncle to buy off his half of the house he was sharing with my father. Now this house is where I’m staying after moving back and it’s probably going to be the house I’ll be living at for the next few years until we decide to tear it down and construct a proper house in it’s place. Until then I’ll happily live here and start forming a family ASAP.

Regarding that matter, I’ve been searching on online dating apps and so far came across several good women. Some of them I could clearly see wouldn’t work out so I stopped the conversations amicably at a good place. There are a couple of women I do continue talking with, but haven’t met yet in person. Hopefully they can either find the time or come to Yerevan so we can meet face to face, because online dating apps are cool and all, but nothing beats in-person dates to getting to know each other. Let’s see how this one progresses.

The food, drinks and environment so far have been great for me! I feel like finally being in the perfect place for my body! In Spain these last few years had gradually been taking a heavier toll on my body and I felt sickish for the most part. All of that has since been gone. I feel better than ever! This week started retaking boxing classes to get my body moving too, because this last month, although the food being very good, was still starting to affect me by putting on a bit of weight. Before I start rolling down the street I decided to properly take care of my body by exercising regularly.

Work-wise, I’ve been continuing with sites support for my existing clients and restarted working with a previous client. The amount and level of work is still nowhere I’d like it to be, but surely and steadily moving towards it. I need to save up some fuck-you money and have some cash on me to buy the things I need.

After work, almost every day, I like to take a 15 minute walk to my favorite restaurant. They have amazing home-made dishes! It feels like I’m being taken care of with love when I put that food in my mouth ๐Ÿค—! Even though this week I bought a gas stove I’ll still be going to this restaurant regularly. It’s a nice thing to get out of the house for a little while to get away from the same four walls I stare at most of the days.

Until now, once every week, I’ve also been walking around the whole city for hours on end like a tourist, observing and admiring the architecture and the people of my hometown! It’s a delightful experience! I try to avoid walking the same street twice, always looking for detour so I can wander and explore more. It also served as a way to take my mind off from other stuff.

For a more detailed post about my move back to my Motherland I’ll write and publish and article shortly.

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๐Ÿ“˜ Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, Athens

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January 19th, second and last day of passing through Athens to get to my final destination, Yerevan!

After saying my goodbyes to the people closest to me with a dinner and with a few last minute visits, and also a suprise visit from two good friends who came over the weekend travelling from their countries, I continued preparing my travel bags until the very last minutre at 4AM in the morning. Printed out the documents I’d need for travelling and went on my way to the airport.

After flying and arriving to Athens I quickly went to searching for a place to stay at. I found a hostal with good reviews called Athens Hawk Hostel on Hostelworld. I took the bus from the airport to the city center. After getting my first bag off from the bus I tried getting back in to take out the other two, but the bus driver closed the doors and started driving off! ๐Ÿ˜น I banged on the bus for him to stop, which he luckily did, got my two last bags out and took a taxi straight to the hostel.

I’ve got to say, my first impressions of Greece were that it looked awfully a lot like Spain! It looked like a combination of Spain and Armenia. 80% Spanish looks (buildings, streets, etc.) and 20% Armenian (people and some of the buildings looking uncared).

Upon arrival I was greeted by a very nice woman working at the desk of the hostel. She was very helpful with my accomodation and giving recommendations for places to visit while in Athens. I left my stuff in my room, walked around the hostel for a bit, checked out it’s cool rooftop and afterwards went to a restaurant tha the woman recommended to me. The food was on point! Reminded me very much of Armenia.

After eating, and with a full belly, somehow I had the genius idea of walking around and checking out the old monuments. I ended up walking all the way to the Acropolis! ๐Ÿ˜น It had always been a dream of mine to visit the place since I first saw photos of Greece in history books! An improvised tourism tour turned into a very nice hike around the Acropolis’ hill. It goes without saying that I took many photos and videos!

After finishing the visit I walked back to my hostel and planned on taking a quick nap of a few hours so that I could go party at the pub crawl of that night. But the quick nap turned into a lenghty sleep from 6PM until 10AM of the next morning ๐Ÿ˜…. I don’t regret it though. The sleep was very much needed because I had been awake for at least 36 hours straight!

The next day, and after waking up at around 10:30AM, I prepared my bags and went down to check out. The hostel offers a free storage room for leaving the bags and comfortably tour the city, so I did just that. Walked through the streets taking photos and videos, and posting them to my social media. I saw a tour bus pass by so I decided to hop on one and drive around the city to see more and see it faster. I realized I should have done that yesterday; touring with the bus and get down at key bus stops for checking out the different tourist spots. I guess it’s a lesson learned for next time.

Selfie of myself with a mask on sitting in the emergency exit row of the airplane.
Selfie by Arman Shahinyan

After touring and buying some snacks I decided to grab a quick bite at some restaurant and to also be able to use the restroom. Ended up going to a rooftop bar/restaurant with nice views of the Acropolis! Ordered french fries and ate in silence while gazing at the monuments, all the while surrounded by a lot of young people who were also enjoying their Wednesday afternoon.

After this quick pause went to the hostel a final time to grab my bags and head to the airport with the same bus line that brought me to the city center. Got to the airport, went through the check-in and finally arrived to my gate. Killed some time by playing with my phone until boarding time came around. Before boarding I got asked whether I would mind sitting in the emergency row, to which I said I didn’t care, because I wouldn’t mind having extra leg space!

Got the extra space row and recorded the take off. With this take off ended my trip at Athens, which overall I would rate a solid 8. Perhaps in summer it will be more lively. I’ll come back for sure!

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