I arrived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Tuesday July 15th, 2013 with the DJ and the entire EZ-Robot team waiting to pick me up at the airport. After a quick introduction to everyone, I traveled with DJ in his car back to the office. It's so much bigger in reality than it looks on camera! It also turned out that they'd just broken down a wall last weekend to make the office bigger.
After spending a couple of hours looking around the office, DJ took me over to his house. We sat in the basement where EZ-Robot all began and DJ showed me a lot of cool robotics stuff and we had a great talk. We were getting kind of hungry, so I taught DJ the recipe for the typically Dutch recipe for 'Hete Bliksem'. While he was out to the grocery store picking up the ingredients, I was supposed to take a 1-2 hour nap which DJ would wake me up when he got home. Unfortunately, I was so vastly asleep that he wasn't able to wake me up. As a result to this, I woke up fully-rested at 3:30 AM. After spending about one and a half hours on my phone, I decided to go downstairs and taste DJ's attempt at making the hete bliksem. He did a great job! To make the breakfast even more delicious, I also had a ham-egg-cheese sandwich. I watched Futurama on Netflix until DJ woke up.
We left for the office at 11am, and when I arrived, I sat down behind my laptop and installed some necessary software to begin working on my intro presentation to the group. Then we went out for lunch at the Inglewood Drive-in. I had a cheeseburger and a float (root beer with ice cream). It may seem like a strange combination, but trust me, it did taste good! After this very special lunch, I prepared and gave a presentation introducing myself to the team members. I also had some nice conversations with the even nicer team members. EZ-Robot is like a family, and now I'm a part of it.
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