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So who is behind this website?
question.... I grew up a tomboy with a bit of a rebellious streak
in a small town in Austria where I spent the first 20 years of my
life. Before the age of 20 I had traveled to about 15 countries
which is not all that difficult, considering that the distances
are much smaller in Europe than in North America. My favourite job
back home was working for Avis Rent-A-Car as a car jockey, transferring
rental cars from all over Europe back to the local rental station.
I always had
a bit of a cosmopolitan bent to me and this manifested itself in
my love for languages. During high school I learned Latin (not too
useful for communicating with living people, but extremely useful
as a basis for learning Romance languages), French and English,
in addition to my native German. After highschool I decided to enroll
at the University of Graz in English and Spanish translation and
In the middle of my program I decided to spend
some time in an English speaking country and in 1986 I was able
to get a work permit as a translator, working for an automotive
company in Toronto, Canada. During my stay I realized that Toronto
was a pretty cool place,
as it is one of the most multi-cultural places in the world. As
a result, I kept renewing my work permit and 18 years later I am
still here in Toronto.
its unique multicultural ambience, have had a significant impact
on my philosophies and
really shaped the way I view the world today. As a matter of, issues
of cultural exchange and understanding are very dear to my heart.
I spent most
of my twenties working and studying. After a college program in
HR management I took a degree in labour management relations and
economics at the University of Toronto which I then followed up
with an MBA, also from U of T. These academies studies were all
done part-time and took me about 10 years of my life, while always
My first 5 years in Canada were spent working as a translator,
then I switched and worked as a trainer, recruiter and HR manager,
later on I also added some short stints in advertising and corporate
sales. In 1991 I had enough of the corporate world and decided to
become self-employed. I initially started as a translator, later
added on other freelance translators to cover more languages and
today I run a full-service language and translation company called Textronics Communications
Ltd. With translators all over the world, we now offer
virtually every language and every language combination that exists
on the globe.
But despite having a business background and
running a small but growing business, there is another side to me,
a side which I haven't really nurtured in the past 18 years. As
a matter of fact I would say I experienced a bit of an early midlife-crisis that made me completely reevaluate what I wanted to do with the
rest of my life.
So while other
people go out and buy a Porsche when they hit that midlife crisis
stage, I decided to get myself a website.
I realized that
hidden inside me was the traveler, the explorer, the adventurer,
the hobby photographer, the person who likes to go out and discover
and connect with foreign cultures. My mid-life reflections have
made me realize that I need to pursue this side of me, and so I
embarked on a new journey, a journey of self-discovery and of global
discovery if you will.
This is just the beginning and I definitely am very excited. I have
decided to share my journey on the Internet with like-minded people.
When I am out of town and unable to update this website, I keep
in touch and file regular live travel reports through my
blogging website. I am sure there will be some interesting turns
and twists ahead. Hopefully you'll enjoy coming along virtually
on this journey.
My philosophies - What makes me tick
The beauty of a midlife crisis:
what pushed me to start creating this website
My reflections - 60 years
after the Second World War
Looking ahead to a new year: 2006
Celebrating diversity with my multi-lingual multi-cultural team members Information about
my blogging website