As autumn creeps in and the days turn shorter in Finland, part of the Sujuwa development team relocated to sunnier pastures for a month in Spain. The decision to rent a villa came about in internal discussions during the spring and in the summer we booked ourselves a villa near Marbella, in a beach community called Cabopino to be exact. We also considered other places such as Canary Islands or Sicily but finally ended up with Spain when we found a nice place through Airbnb. The idea was that we would have a nice place to work from, and where we could also invite family members to join.

During the first weekend of October, four of us made our way to Spain with some travelling ahead a bit earlier. Leaving behind the bleak and rainy Finnish weather and feeling the warm and sunny Spanish climate felt good instantly. After a long day of travelling, we all met up at the villa which was easy enough to find as we had also rented a car from Malaga. The location was not exactly central as it was situated about 13 kilometers from Marbella and 45 kilometers from Malaga. Even though the the beach, supermarket and good restaurants were within walking distance, it was good to have the car available.

Dev team at work

Starting the working day

After the weekend, we settled into a nice working routine of cooking breakfast in the morning, before moving to the patio with our laptops. The fittest among us even started the day with a jog along the beach and its varied walkways as the sun was rising in the horizon. As the sun rose even higher during the midday, our team took advantage of the solar rays to make themselves slightly more tanned.

Backend development

Backend development

The most important question before the trip was of course if the internet connection would be up to par when working remotely. Fortunately, this turned out not to be an issue as the fiber connection in the villa provided enough bandwidth for all of our developing needs.

Besides working hard, we naturally managed to do other things as well, such as spending time at the beach, grilling and making trips to nearby towns. A couple of our more daring fellows went on a climbing trek to the famed rock climbing attraction at El Chorro. Although the weather has been holding steady at around 25-27 degrees daily, the sea was not warm enough for most tourists to swim in. For us Finns, the water was about the same temperature as in Finland during summer so no problem :)

Writing this post halfway through the experience, I would say that so far the experience has been good. We’ll post another article about the experiences once we are back in Finland!

Dev team at work