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Slough or Antarctica? Well, at least Antarctica has penguins
Opera man climbs antenna towers at -30˚C
The eXpat Files The expats we've met to date in our series have taken us to all sorts of odd places, but none quite as remote as Antarctica, which is where this week's traveller Kevin O'Rourke managed to land a job right out of uni.
He's also called Nigeria home, and now resides in Sweden.
One's dangerous. One has liquorice coated in ammonium chloride. Learn which of those perils can be found where by reading Kev's Q&A!
The Register: What kind of work do you do, and with which technologies?
The Register: Why did you decide to make your various moves?
The Register: Where are you living in Sweden?
Would your rather work in a sterile wasteland, miles from civilisation, or Antarctica?
The Register: How do you arrange your gigs? Especially Antarctica?
The presentation was a very dry and outdated slideshow, and there wasn't so much as a bottle of beer or a sandwich. But something about the idea intrigued me so I grabbed an application form. I was very surprised when I got an interview and even more surprised when I got a call the week before finals to say I'd got the job and I'd be spending two years in Antarctica.
My current job came from me being a keen user of Opera Mini while working in Nigeria. Back in 2007 they were just rolling out GPRS and it was terrible. I saw an ad on their website for a job on the Mini team and applied. I assumed I'd be working in Oslo but it turned out that the (very small in those days) team was based in Sweden.
The Register: So the pay, up or down?