So it has been a whirlwind week for me…left North Carolina on Thursday morning, arrived at Arlanda Airport (20 minutes out of Stockholm by train) on Friday morning, and then on to Linköping Saturday morning. You don’t want to hear about travel though, you want to hear about Power Challenge, so I will start with my arrival in Linköping.
Saturday-Arrived in Linköping at 16:00, stepped off the train and was greeted with open arms (ok…figuratively) by Mr. Powdersnow himself. From there I got to do what ever Power Soccer player has dreamed of doing since first starting to play the game…Grocery shopping with Powdersnow! Then I was treated to a traditional Swedish dish, Tacos, at the holy shrine of Power Soccer, Pow’s home (too be fair they WERE Swedish tacos, which are actually quite a bit different from American tacos). Of course dinner turned into a three hour discussion about Power Soccer and all things related to it. Eventually it was time to go home and get some sleep, one more day until my first day of work.
Sunday-Went for a scenic bike ride around Linköping (A Beautiful day and a beautiful city) with my Dad for the Summer, one Mr. Magnus Z. In Linköping you get around by bike, any other way is just inferior. Bikes dominate the roads and provides a pleasant break from the SUV hogged streets of the US. Had some dinner at Magnus’ and then proved US supremacy in Table Tennis by winning a hard fought match against the Swedish representative 11-9 9-11 11-9. Tough life so far.
Monday-WORK…bright and early, well bright doesn’t really mean much here in the land of eternal sunlight, but early anyway. The PC office is in the heart of Linköping’s downtown and it is a very nice little office. While I adjusted to my new work place, I got my feet wet by writing some test cases to ensure that all the different parts of the Power Soccer webpage are working and if they weren’t that we would know immediately what the problem was and could fix it before anyone even notices! Surprise, surprise, the rest of the crew that you don’t see so much turns out to be some pretty nice people.
Tuesday-SIICCCKK grr…anyway…More Work! Did all sorts of things for all sorts of people, many of them work related! Sadly I had to leave work early for a very important meeting in Norrköping (~40km north of Linköping). This meeting involved paintball guns and took play in a field outside in the beautiful rain, also it was a rather competitive meeting, pitting Power Challenge against Opera. Power Challenge won the meeting 4-3 and remains undefeated in these very work intensive company meetings. Also, don’t ever drive in Norrköping is you don’t have to, just trust me on this one.
Wednesday-STILL SICCCKK…grr…work work work…More work on improvements for the next patch. However I am having trouble working due to the terrible sounds coming from the common room. Those sounds would be some of the crew trying, and failing, to play Guitar Hero. As you guessed, all work and no play for us here in Linköping =) It is OK though, we are all working overtime today! Outside…at a BBQ.
I apologize for lack of pictures, I didn’t bring my camera cable to work, but don’t despair, I will have some up soon!
One thing I have yet to figure out is why the crew seems to make these weird noises all the time. Sometimes it seems like they are making them at each other, very odd, I hope I find out what is wrong with the crew soon! I don’t want to catch whatever it is they have.