Nick Westerlund: Narak iktar tard!

Sep 14, 2009 / By Nicklas Westerlund

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On the 23rd of June 2008, I wrote a note saying that I had just joined Pythian. Today I am posting a similar, but different, note saying that as of the last of September, I will no longer be employed by Pythian, the time has come to look for new challenges. Although I am sad to leave, I do look forward to the future and what it may hold for me.

I wanted to take this moment to thank Pythian for having me, for having such great co-workers whom I count myself lucky to have worked with. I also want to give a special thanks to Augusto for taking care of me when I first joined, and showing me around how the company works. I must thank Paul as well—he is an exceptional person to work with, and I’ve come to value his opinion and expertise very highly.

I will still be around. I will be working with MySQL, and I will be active (probably even more than currently) in blogging, in conferences, and in the MySQL community—so you have not seen the last of me. It’s been a great time so far, and I intend to make even more of it in the future, to involve myself much more than I have done so far.

As a closing note, I want to address a concern I had in that very first blogpost, and that was, if it’s cold in Canada in July—and I can tell you that it is! I had to wear a jacket (even during the day!). I also fondly remember some days talking to the team from here in Malta, and someone reported a temperature -23C, and I look outside and it’s +19, so I guess that comparing Ottawa with Malta may not be the easiest, nor the most fair, comparison. It’s like poutine versus pastizzi!

Thanks, and we will be in touch. I hope to see you all around the world and to cross paths again! As we say in Maltese, Narak iktar tard!

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4 Responses to “Nick Westerlund: Narak iktar tard!”

  • Alex Gorbachev says:

    Good luck Nick! Stay in touch!
    I hope to visit you in Malta one day!

  • Paul Vallee says:

    Nick! Me too… connect to me with tripit and we’ll make sure to see each other when our paths intersect. Cheers and best wishes.


  • Mohammed Mawla says:

    Good luck Nick

    I’m impressed to see how many Arabic words are in Maltese Phrases.

    Narak = “we see U” in Arabic

    I can also see Italian and french.No wonder , this island was a trade hub one day.


  • Nicklas Westerlund says:

    @Alex: Thanks, you are welcome anytime.
    @Paul: Will do. Thanks, good luck in the future.
    @Mohammed: Indeed, there is a lot of various languages included in Maltese, that is one of the reasons its so intriguing really. But hey, we are still a trade hub, there’s one of the largest freeports in europe here.. So loads of ships come in and out every single day.

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