One of the major disadvantages of having full-time employment, is that one cannot simply disappear from the office for two months ...
Today I got the formal approval for my two months' leave of absence! Mongolia, here I come. We estimate that we'll need around six weeks for the actual journey, then one week for preparations before leaving and then some margin at the end (for unexpected things will happen), so two months away from work it'll be. Special thanks goes to my manager, Vladimir, for supporting this and to Google in general for being a company where the statement "I'd need two months' leave of absence in order to drive an ambulance to Mongolia" gets the response "Of course, we'll keep your desk warm for you when you return". (N.B.! That's a literal quote from Google HR.)
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