Working remotely from a village
These days I’m working from a village!
Initially we planned to come here for a week or so to play with my wife’s nephew while she had school holidays.
However it has coincided with the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in Ukraine, so we stayed.
It’s been a month now, and I want to tell about my experience.
We’re staying in Novobohdanivka with population under 1000. It’s a relatively well-doing village, with some central water supply and town gas. There is a post office, bar, some small shops, nursery and primary school.
This is my workplace. At home I have another monitor, but most of the time 15” laptop is fine for doing work and listening at the same time to DI.FM.
Also you can download the carpet backdrop for your Zoom calls.
There is no land-based Internet connection, so I brought an LTE router with me or sometimes using my phone as a router. Right now fast.com rates the download speed at 5.7Mbps. It’s enough for most of my work and occasional video-calls with multiple people. I have a 3Gb daily cap on my mobile plan, and the speed is throttled to 0.8Mbps after the limit is exhausted. It’s enough for my daily work, listening to online streaming music, and very limited 360p-Youtube-time.
When I have some free time I try to help around the house and the garden.
A couple of weeks ago we planted potato and carrot. Last week I did some digging around currant.
Also doing misc country house staff like cutting trees, coming with creative ways to join water hoses of different diameter etc.
The scenery is very nice here, got to see sunsets like this almost daily:
I’m really happy we got to stay here during this quarantine.