September 21, 2008 - Posted by Erin in Uncategorized

The vacation is over my friends – this last week I officially headed back to work. It felt so good though to finally have a real purpose here! It was a very, very long week, but at the same time very gratifying. I’ve definitely found the right place here. I’ve also decided to postpone my return to school for a semester or two so that I can focus on work first.


So, a little about the company. It is a startup with under 20 employees, most of whom are in Bucharest, Romania. In Madrid, it is just myself, the CEO, and one other part time employee. I am managing the marketing end of things, which is proving to be a challenging, but very enjoyable task. Erepublik is a hybrid of many things, but can most closely be described as a massive online social strategy game. I know, it’s a mouthful, so here’s the translation – it is an online social experience in which people from all over the world can reinvent today’s real world countries in an accelerated reality. I may not be the typical player, but I have to say, this game is absolutely fascinating. Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about a new occurrence in the game and am not completely blown away by the creativity, passion and innovation of our players. Truly, if you know anyone who likes gaming at all (without the crazy time commitment – the game only takes 15 minutes a day, and is free!), let me know and I will try to get them an invitation to the game – otherwise the game officially launches in the next month (it is currently in Beta). You can visit the site at www.erepublik.com.


The office is in the very best part of Madrid – at least in my opinion. It’s close to the best shops, great restaurants, and even a Starbucks so that I can get my US fix! I actually went to a yummy restaurant in the area earlier this week and found myself admiring the food and how much it reminded me of home. I grabbed their business card and sure enough their cuisine is considered “California Cuisine” – the discovery was the highlight of my week!!! The office itself is on the 7th floor of a charming old building – which also includes a charming old (and I mean really old) elevator that seems to be hanging by dental floss…I’ve been taking the stairs as much as possible.


The commute to work has been exhausting to say the least. I’ve been leaving the house at 7:00 (which is very early here considering we don’t ever go to bed before midnight), driving to the outskirts of Madrid to park, catching the metro, then I switch metro lines halfway, then I arrive near my office and walk a few blocks. It’s tiring. Right now, fortunately, I have Jacob’s car, but soon I won’t. That is why yesterday I went car shopping for a Smart! They are awesome little cars. I just need to figure out the car insurance situation here and then hopefully I will have a new car in the next couple of weeks.


Ok friends and family, that’s all from me for now. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the site if it’s something that will strike their fancy :). Hasta luego!

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