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Going home

Thirteen years ago, I left Mexico to study a Ph.D. in the U.S. In the meantime, apart from doing that, I got married, we moved to Switzerland, and we formed a beautiful family. I have learned so many things, I have changed in so many ways. In the words of my advisor, during one of our very early email exchanges, before I went to Purdue:

It isn’t so much a leaving as a beginning of something else.  When you return, as you will, it will be with a more wordly viewpoint.  That is both a loss and a gain.

Now, after all these years, it’s time to go home.

At the end of October, we will be moving back to Mexico, to live in the beautiful colonial city of Queretaro. I will take a very interesting job offer, which I will tell you about at the proper time.

Going back to Mexico is something Susana and I always said we wanted to do eventually, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to actually do it. The girls are still young, we are going back with a solid job offer, and to live in a very nice city. We are truly excited to go back. Still, it’s not without some mixed feelings. We have been out of our home country for so long, that I think it’s inevitable there will be some reverse culture shock. Switzerland is a beautiful, nice and safe country, which has given us a lot, and I very much like my job here. Still, I jump from joy every time I think we will be back in our home country, every time I realize there won’t be any more harsh winters, every time I think I’ll be able to eat Mexican food anytime I want, and so many other things I miss. Going back just feels so good!

The next step, of course, is to execute the plan. We are already waist-deep in preparations, planning, searching, and so many other things. It’s an exciting time. Stay tuned.

Long time no see! Short update.

It’s March already and my last post is still “Happy New Year” – unbelievable. I just returned from a very nice, very relaxing month of vacation in Mexico with the family. It was very nice because it made me remember and realize how important family contact is for all of us, who are growing accustomed to being isolated, being so far away most of the time. While we were in Mexico we celebrated Karina’s 3rd birthday (she’s a big girl now!) and we had Fabiola’s baptism, we visited lots of nice places, we ate lots of awesome food, and my machine failed 4 days after we arrived, so I was really disconnected, which was both good and bad.

Anyway, so much for today. I’ll try to write more often during the rest of the year.

Happy New Year!

Soon it will be time to begin working on dinner for tonight, so while there is still time: Happy New Year to everyone! All the best for 2009, may it be a good year for you.

Links: Diego Zamboni – ACM author profile page

Diego Zamboni – ACM author profile page – My very own author profile page at the ACM portal. Nice overview of most of my publications. (tags: acm publications personal )

Fabiola Aimée

Fabiola at birthFabiola at 2.5 months old Two and a half months ago, on June 26th, 2008, my second daughter, Fabiola Aimée, was born! She was born healthy and weighing 3,160g. I am only now getting to post about her (I tweeted about her birth, although I was so tired I posted the wrong name), but it has been an amazing time since then. If having our first daughter was the best thing that ever happened to me, having a second one has made it even better, and makes our little family feel more complete. She is now a big smiling baby, laughs all the time with her big sister Karina, and keeps both mom and dad busy all day long. It has been great to relive all the moments of holding that tiny little person in your arms, to look at her and how she starts to discover the world. I always thought parents were being corny when they said having kids was the best thing that ever happened to them, but that’s exactly how it feels!

Following the No-S diet

Leo of Zen Habits has written a very interesting post about diet hacks. Most of these are very good, but my problem with many of the tips is that I really, really enjoy eating, and I really enjoy good food, much of which is not really the best for a diet. I like the No-S diet in its simplicityI have been following the No-S diet fairly consistently for the last two years or so, and I’m very happy with it. I have not become super-slim (that was never my goal), but I’ve lost some weight, and more importantly (and this agrees with Leo’s first point, which I think is the most important) it has helped me slowly change some bad habits into good ones. I like the No-S diet in its simplicity, and in that you really can keep eating (almost) whatever you want, and in that it rewards you for being good during the week.

In terms of specific foods, my biggest success has been to pretty much eliminate Coke and other sodas from my diet, and to avoid chocolate during the week. Those alone have helped me feel lighter and less bloated.

Blog-tagged!

I’m not commonly one to participate in chain-letter-like things, but I find this one cute: I have been blog-tagged by Raffy Marty. So I have to tell you five little-known things about myself. Without further ado, here they are:

  1. I have an IMDB entry. Yup, that’s actually me. If you are curious enough to follow the links, I was the “little brother, who always wear a mask to play,” so my face never appeared onscreen. There went my ticket to fame…
  2. I have a brown belt in Shotokan Karate (I was the first webmaster of the Challenge Karate Club); I also practiced fencing for a while.
  3. I was born in Argentina, but I have moved a lot in my life. In total, I have lived in 10 cities and 18 houses or apartments during my life! That makes for an average of a move every 2 years since I was born.
  4. It seems the urge to move around comes in my genes. Around 1900, my great-grandfather, after having traveled around Italy for a few years, emigrated from Italy to Argentina, where he settled in Santa Ana and became a precursor in the production of Yerba Mate. He wrote periodically a column for an Italian newspaper in Argentina, where he narrated episodes of his life (as Tadek put it, “just like blogging”). Years later, the newspaper edited all his columns into a book written in Italian, which was finally translated into spanish.
  5. My first technical “publication” was in the venerable COMPUTE!’s Gazette magazine, which published a program I wrote for the Commodore 128 for cataloguing floppy disks. It never appeared in print because the program was quite big (a whooping 282 lines of BASIC code! Amounting to 13KB, plus 1KB of code written directly in assembly for time-critical routines like sorting), but it was included in the September ’91 issue of the companion disk (look for “Supercataloger”, to run it, you need a Commodore 128 emulator, such as Vice).

So there, you know a bit of my secret history now. And to pass the tag, I would like to invoke Susana, Tadek, James, Marcel and Fraser.