Hello World: Portrait of a developer


A developer. Enthusiastic and highly motivated professional with over 10 years of PHP developing experience and eagerness for continuous self-development. Coming from agency background, though having worked on the client side too.

A Drupaler. Specializing in Drupal, developer and maintainer of several Drupal modules, erratic blogger and equally erratic community supporter.

A seeker. Want to connect on LinkedIn?

After hours

A runner. Got talked into running a charity 10k by a friend at work, and - not having run for the previous 20 years - started "training" a month before... and somehow caught a bug. Now, after completing my first marathon, besides trying to get new PBs in the next ones to come, I might start thinking about doing ultra trails - as I definitely like trails much more compared to that dull road pounding.

A cyclist. 2012 was a running year, but 2013 was much more focused on cycling. After treating myself to the most basic (which is to say - the cheapest) road bike I could find, Decathlon's Triban 3, I caught another bug (well, that's not really true, as I was an avid cyclist as a child and teenager, the difference being that then I was riding MTBs), and winning an entry into Étape du Tour 2013 and climbing few well-known Alpine hills has done the rest.

A triathlete. Done my first sprint triathlon in Chateau de Chantilly, which was a blast, in spite of miserable weather. Now, after signing up to ExpaTRIes Triathlon Club Paris, which hopefully help me with my non-existant front crawl, I am planning my first half ironman distance at the end of 2014 on the sunny Mallorca.

A mountaineer. Everything started with Kilimanjaro, which you just cannot skip if you're going to Tanzania. That was a long and exhausting walk, but all of our small group made it to the top. And I was left craving for more. After successfully summitting Pico del Teide and Jebel Toubkal, now I'm thinking about the second approach to Mt Blanc, and then... Elbrus? Island Peak? Ehem, more of the Seven Summits?

A scuba diver. Started during African holidays on sunny Zanzibar, where I did my PADI Open Water Diver certificate, followed up by Advanced Open Water Diver certificate done on Majorca. I guess now it would be high time to finally get my OH into a wetsuit too?

A rollerblader. Weekly randonnées du dimanche by Rollers & Coquillages going through usually crowded Parisian streets are perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon. And all those views on the way! And for a bit more of adrenaline there are Friday night skating tours organised by Pari Rollers - longer, faster and much more thrilling!

A traveller. So many beautiful places to see around the world, and so little time. Trying to experience as much as possible though, and not in a typical "touristy" way - real world is so much better!

A surfer? Funny thing - surfing is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Scotland, but for me it started right there. It was cloudy, it was cold, it did even rain - still though it was a lot of fun and I was left with craving for more! That "more" though would probably need to wait for much warmer weather conditions to be fully enjoyable.