📘 Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, Badalona

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Wassup everybody? I’ve been away for quite some time, working out hard at the gym, partying during the holidays, catching the covi outbreak, taking this last month very chill and now preparing to move back to Armenia permanently. I plan on coming back for vacations of course, but don’t expect me to move back to Europe for living. Ain’t no way in hell. I’d much rather move to an Asian country. Plenty to pick from.

So here wer are, yet again. Writing in this blog felt like a chore for the longest time. Sure, many times it was fun to write down my experiences so I can reminisce in the joyful past memories in the future, but it was hard to get the ball rolling. The more I told myself to write more often, the more I’d do the opposite. I’m of the opinion that things shouldn’t be forced. You’ve got to let things run their natural course. But it’s also true that sometimes you might regret not forcing yourself to do what you’ve got to do. Going to the gym to workout or doing your job in a constant manner come to mind as good examples. There are several very interesting posts in the works though, which I’m sure you guys will love to read, so be on the lookout for them!

Anyway, not to bore you with details, but got most of my stuff prepared. I’m currently scanning all my documents so that I can have my papers at hand if and when needed, because I’ll be leaving most of my documents here in Spain, in the care of my father and he’ll leave it in the care of my good friend, I guess. Aside from the documents there are all my stuff that I need to get rid off too, like the printers, IT stuff, etc. I’ll be giving my height regulable desktop, office chair and other cool gadgets to my good friend who’s also into IT so that these items can be continued being given some use instead of throwing them in the dumpster or wasting my time selling them for a couple of euros.

Regarding the gym, this Wednesday I had a light sparring session with my coach and then a hard one with a contemporary gym mate. We started out slow and ended up banging it out. Even when I ended with a bloody nose, it was still very fun!

Aside from preparations I’ve got several other tasks laying around waiting to be taken care of, so I’ll update you guys once it’s done.

C ya!

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📘 Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, Badalona

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Monday! Starting the week right by waking up on time and getting right onto the pending and routine tasks. Went to the gym and did some work on the laptop, so far so good.

The plan is to continue working until late at night, focus on getting work done and being productive. Gotta make some money already, can’t postpone this any further!

If I feel like it I might go for another round of training, perhaps cardio. Feeling kinda energized despite little sleep.

Without further ado; onwards with the day!

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📘 Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, Badalona

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Weeks go flying by and I have yet to take of many tasks. Seems like getting the driving license before heading back to Armenia is out of the question, so I lost the 50€ bet I made with a friend. 😅

Anyho’, it has been two entertaining weeks nonetheless, having fun here and there with friends, playing padel, visiting Barcelona landmarks, parying, taking photos, training hard, etc. so it doesn’t feel much of a waste either. I could have woken up earlier though, one of my few regrets.

No point in sulking over it though, so I move on. Gotta take care of my work and company, and start hammering out the fixed price jobs and take on some work, cuz I’m going kinda broke over here. I should be going back to Armenia with some cash in my hand.

In regards to this fine sunny Sunday, gonna visit a friend for dinner and watching a movie. Nothing crazy, just a chill day of leaning back and taking it easy.

Happy Sunday everyone!

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📘 Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, Badalona

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Woke up pretty late at around 1:30PM, thus felt like shit because of that. At least the sleep was pleasant. Because of sleeping in, the moment I woke up I just straight up grabbed a coffee and sat down in front of the pc and started working. It’s a good thing 7 hours of work got done before going to the gym.

Since Monday until today I’ve been going to the gym everyday and training hard. At the same time I’ve been doing the intermittent fasting again so as to burn through the fat faster. I expect to be at 70kg by the end of the next week. It’s very doable, so I’ll increase my workout next week, trying to hit the gym twice every day, if possible.

In regards to my new company, I’ve been continuing with the setup and preparing the automatization of my future workflow, to get as many clients as possible and start hammering out fixed price jobs to make some money. Kinda going broke over here.

That’s pretty much it for today. Gonna wrap up this post, do a bit more of company work and head off to sleep.

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📘 Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, Badalona

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Woke up latish, around 1PM. Somehow lately I’m not able to fall asleep until 5AM and it messes up with my whole daily schedule. It’s in dire need of an urgent change, otherwise I’ll stay unproductive like this for the next month or two. Can’t have that, specially now that I’ve got to fix my stuff before going back to Armenia forever.

In any case, regarding the daily stuff, the last couple of weeks have been advancing at a snail’s pace. Not very productive overall, or at least not as much I would have liked. Doesn’t matter though, better late than never, and instead of beating myself over it might as well just look at it as taking a break from the continuous craziness.

Since I got my company up and running, had to fix a few details here and there. Preparing the website so that I can offer my services right away on both my site and other platforms. Looking good, but gotta push to finish it ASAP so I can actually start making some money. Kinda going broke here. So, yeah, that’s the situation overall.

Regarding friends and stuff, trying to go back to regularly hit the boxing gym again and starting to fast again. In the friends department, we’re hitting it off nicely. Going to old places, new places, new activities, also making some new friends along the way. Doing my stuff, basically.

All in all, making progress. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast. Just gotta get into my groove to hit it off.

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📘 Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, Madrid

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Third day here in Madrid, since I arrived on Tuesday morning. Damn, do I LOVE Madrid! Just a few days of work/vacation here isn’t enough! 😁

Good news! I finally got the E-Residency digital ID card in my hands! Went this morning to pick it up from the Estonia’s Embassy here in Madrid. Almost missed the appointment, because I thought the time to go pick it up was at 1PM, when in reality it was at 11:20AM… so, I jumped out of bed, changed into my clothes in front of a female roommate (sorry! 😅) and ran outside to grab a cab. Despite there being a traffic jam right in the city center we still managed to arrive on time.

At the Estonian Embassy I got attended by a female worker. She gave me a paper to sign with my name and handed over the E-Residency kit. It felt soooo good to have it finally in my hands after more than two years of chasing after it! Before I couldn’t get it because I didn’t have my passport in order, so the moment I fixed my passport I made another attempt at requesting it. In less than two weeks they confirmed that I got it and just another 3-4 weeks later I was picking it up.

Me, Arman Shahinyan, posing with the blue E-Residency card.
Photo by Arman Shahinyan

While making the request I also reapplied to the Xolo.io company to get the company and accounting revved up and ready to invoice some work. 😁

I advanced a couple of things, but not really that much. For the next steps of setting up a company I had to first get the ID. Now I’ve got to wait until tomorrow for the card go into effect. What’s just one more day of waiting? We can do that, no problem.

That’s the E-Residency story. Regarding the rest, business as usual; working from “coffices” I find here and there, wherever there is coffee, good internet, an power plug and nice surroundings. This time I went to Honest Greens on the C/Hortaleza street. Good coffee, plenty of space, good internet.

Midday came and it became very full very fast. My friend Michael joined me for lunch at Honest Greens, and a coffee afterwards in the Malasaña district, which is very similar to the Gracia district of Barcelona; same hipster chill laid-back kind of “barrio”.

Afterwards came back to the hostal to get some more work done, which I’m kinda finishing with these last lines that I’m typing. See ya in the next one. Gotta go get prepared to meet Michael for a couple of drinks and relaxed night out. We’ll party again tomorrow night. Gotta take it easy.

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📘 Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, Badalona

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Second Monday of November. Starting the week waking up a bit late, but fired up to get things done, starting with smaller tasks and moving on to bigger ones as the day progresses. I’ll start with the Five Minute Journal.

Watching some videos from my “Watch Later” YouTube playlist, reading some webtoons which come out on Mondays, going through my calendar and tasks lists, reading some news, writing this post and drinking freshly made coffee are things I do to start off the day. Drank the coffee and writing this post as the last warm-up tasks. Regarding the rest, specially reading news, it’s not necessarily a good thing. It can derail the rest of my day easily. As of today I am yet to find my morning ritual to get in the groove more easily and make sure the probabilities of having a productive day go up. That’s a big To-Do in my tasks list. I’ll come back to that later.

This week second week of November feels like a lot is going to happen. I’ll be travelling to Madrid tomorrow morning so I can go to the Estonian Embassy to get my E-Residency Kit, so I can kick of the creation of my online web development agency. I’m sure of it, it’s going to be a very interesting experience. I’d really like to get on Bostjan’s level as quickly as possible. While I was wondering whether it was possible to create an online agency with an online team entirely remote, he actually went and did it, and has been at it for almost 3 years now! Truly an inspiration and an example to follow. I’m lucky I’ve been coming across high-achieiving people like him!

Aside from getting the E-Residency kit I’ll also be having fun there working in new coffices I’ll find, participating in the pub crawls, seeing my friends there, staying at the Generator Hostal, and much more. I wish I had discovered Madrid earlier! Alas, it’ll always remain a vacation destination for me and not a place I’ll live at? We’ll see. Never say never. What’s for sure is that my next 10 years of building my future lies in Armenia. More on that in other posts.

Back to today, gotta get some work done. Gotta get some organizing done. Gotta kick off some important tasks I’ve been procrastinating. See ya guys in the next one.

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📘 Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, Badalona

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Chill day, Sun day. Yesterday stayed up until late at night. I should really stop that shyet. Sleeping on time and getting a good rest is vital for being productive the next day. But since the next day (today) was a Sunday, I figured; “why not stay longer?”, so I did.

Anyways, woke up and got to do some work until my friend Alfons hit me up to go have lunch for his birthday (which is tomorrow, but we celebrate today with Halloween). We went and had some amazing lunch in Masnou, after which we came back to Barcelona and I came home to quickly get a couple of hours more work done before heading out again and meeting up for the dinner and drinking, then move out to celebrate his birthday and Halloween in the city center’s pubs.

Regarding this last week; I’ve been working hard on closing an important project that I’ve been trying to close for a few months now. It needs to be done ASAP, so I work hard on getting it done. It’s starting to frustrate me a little bit.

Aside from that project, next week, on the 9th, I’ll be going to Madrid for a few days to get my Estonian E-Residency and see a couple of friends there. I love Madrid! Can’t wait to visit it again before moving back to Armenia for good.

Now gotta go back to do some work and head out to party!

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📘 Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, Badalona

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Just like that, since the last post, two entire weeks flew by.

Went on a two day vacation-visit to see my mom and aunt, and cousins who I hadn’t seen in person since they were born. Was nice to finally meet them in person and hang out together after only interacting digitally through Instagram. 🤗

All in all Russia was pretty much in the range of what I had expected. Nothing much stood out. The only thing standing out was the part of flying over Russia and seeing all the farms and cities perfeclty organized and being worked on, which I think is a pretty close idea of what I had in mind for my own country, Armenia. We can make it happen, little by little.

On the trip back I came across a cuban guy who was also having trouble with the Russian passport control since we both didn’t understand nor speak Russian. We had some help of other kind passengers who helped us get past the Russian border control. We talked and got to know eachother and I offered myself to help him since he was planing on staying a long time in Armenia, minimum a month and possible more.

The moment we landed in the Zvartnots Airport in Yerevan and arrived to the passport control, things got complicated for my new friend. It turned out he hadn’t filled in his VISA form and thus was being denied entrance into the country. He had to wait from Saturday afternoon until Monday morning. I helped him out by buying some groceries and brought it to him to the airport so as to help him avoid having to pay a shit-ton of money for basic food and drink supplies. At the very least it alleviated his suffering just a tiny bit.

Unfortunately, on Monday morning, he ended up being denied entry on some grounds I can’t remember. All the suffering for nothing. Anyways, he ended up buying a ticket back to Moscow out of his own pocket. I just hope my help avoided him taking the decision to never come back to Armenia and perhaps someday give it another chance! One can only hope.

Regarding myself, after fixing my passport and military service, aside from the trip to Russia, I didn’t do anything else of significance. Just some shopping in the Abovyan city on the other side of the mountain and highway. Then the flight back to Barcelona through Greece, the same way I came to Armenia.

Since I came back I’ve been working hard to get my issues here sorted out as quickly as possible. Five days in and I can say I’m satisfied with the work done up until now. Just gotta keep up the hustle!

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📘 Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, Badalona

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Yo yo yo! Wassup fam!? It has been two whole-ass months since my last entry. The more I say I’ll get back to it, the longer I actually take in coming back.

In these past two months quite a lot of things have happened. Most important: I went to Madrid and got my special flight permit back to Armenia. On September 12th flew back to my homeland. In the three weeks since then got my new passport and right now I’m 2 days away from getting my military service release papers, after which I should FINALLY be a 💯 free man!

Coming back to my REAL home is making a very big difference and impact on my body, mind and soul. It’s like I finally found some peace after it was eating away at my very being for the last few years living among gypsies and lowlifes of all sorts. Yes, Barcelona is a very nice plice for living the easy life, while paying the chill price in the form of taxes, but the toll it takes on somebody like me is just not worth it. There is sooo much to do and act upon that it irritated me that I couldn’t do jack all about them. I’ve got a whole country to myself called Armenia, so I wasn’t going to waste away my life working for another, be it Spain, the Netherlands, or whoever.

Anyho’, things are like this right now. Currently working from the summer house near a village we bought a couple of years back. My good fortune has it that the telephone and 4G antennas are right above my house, so I can work comfortably as if I were in the center of the capital itself. Internet is cheap, so are all the other living expenses. Although, if you’re not careful these assholes will try and overcharge you. That’s how “smart” these countrymen of mine think they are.

They’ll talk all nice and shit but still stab you in the back for pennies. These people are starving for some pennies. Deplorable. Let’s see if I can change that. If it continues with this mentality then this country will be done for in the near future. This country ain’t dissapearing on my watch. On the topic of corruption I’ll write a dedicated post to outline all my experiences in detail. Stay tuned!

Regarding other topics, I’m looking to settle in the country, little by little. Adapting is going better than expected, but I’m still finding some difficulty to communicate because my Armenian is not as good as I’d like it to be. No worries though, I’ll slowly come to it.

Gotta figure out the task of finding a home in the capital, taking care of the home and field in Nurnus, the quick trip to Russia, my online agency (which I finally restarted), taxes, finding a wife… as you can see, many things left to be taken care of.

Little by little.

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