Winds of change
Unexpected events brought me to Switzerland in 2007. I immediately fell in love with the country and grow more and more fond of it every year. I say fate brought me here, because no other explanation seems plausible.
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The motion of the ocean
To this day nothing brings me as much joy as just spending time on the ocean. If possible I'm below the surface, but with the years I've come to enjoy floating on top of it just as much. There's nothing quite like the peaceful tranquility and solitude that the vast ocean brings, with breathtaking sunsets and starlit skies that will melt any troubles away.
Between 2002 and 2010 I was a regular visitor at climbing halls in Sweden and Switzerland. Occasionally I venture outdoors to climb the real rocks. One of the most exciting experiences was climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town.
Without a doubt, diving is an activity that shaped my childhood and today counts as my main hobby. Once a year I like to travel to some far off place to float around on the ocean, dive and relax on the waves of the big blue. As an 8-year-old I started free diving with my father in Mallorca and since then I can't get enough of the ocean. I especially enjoy shark and wreck diving in less visited areas.
Showbiz in Spain
Between 2002 and 2005 I started my professional path as an entertainer, dancer and choreographer of shows in large hotel resorts between Mallorca and the Canary Islands. It was an extremely intense, hilarious and memorable experience that taught me many things about life.
Since I was little, my Spanish father took me to his home in Mallorca where my grandmother lived. When I was 8 years old, he permanently moved back there and I got my own room in their house where I would spend my summer holidays. Shortly after turning18 I moved down to Mallorca as well.
The Fun Factor
Something that truly defines me is having fun in life. I never get too old to live out my inner child, and sometimes being silly for no reason is what gives life flavour. I'm always up for a good time and was often known as the daredevil in theme parks, water parks, and lately in adventure and extreme sports.
Gothenburg is the city where I was born and raised. Although my parents were both foreigners, Sweden offered a very stable and tolerant environment to grow up in. More than anything I'm thankful for the well-funded school system that makes it possible for any Swedish citizen to get an education.
The family on my mother's side comes from Cracow in Poland, a fantastic town with a history that you feel with every step you take. Growing up, I visited the family with my mum many times and therefore learned how to speak Polish as a child. I make sure to stop by this fascinating town on a regular basis.
Born in Gothenburg with a Polish mother and Spanish father
Developed interest & skills in drawing/illustration
Studied one semester in Palma, Mallorca
Won an illustration contest in Gothenburg
Started scuba diving
Graduated from upper secondary school in the Language Specialty Program; Gothenburg
Moved to Palma, Mallorca
Started working as an entertainer/dancer
Worked as an entertainer/choreographer between the Canary Islands and Mallorca
Got accepted to Lund University programme in Service Management & Tourism - temporarily relocated to Sweden for university years
Joined the university theater group and participated in a musical in 2005
Travelled to South Africa to collect material for bachelor thesis
Graduated from Lund University, left Sweden
Relocated to Malta for the summer to become a Divemaster
Visited Zurich for the first time and moved to Switzerland
a month later
Started working as a Marketing Presentation Specialist for a hedge fund company
Was made redundant due to finance crisis
Took a time out in Australia and worked as a Divemaster on the Great Barrier Reef
Travelled through the South Pacific
Started working as a Marketing Assistant in the pharmaceutical industry
Started new job at a pharmaceutical company in Lucerne
Became increasingly dissatisfied with professional career path and decided to do a second degree in Graphic Design
Got accepted to a virtual B.A. Programme in Graphic Design
Temporarily relocated to Germany to kick off new profession at a creative agency in Stuttgart
Started new position as a Graphic Designer at a large international company in Zurich
Handed in bachelor thesis in Animation Film Production
Graduated B.A. in Graphic Design in September
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