At the beginning of July 2017, I took the first step (leap of faith!) in the THC direction. For the first time in my life I traveled abroad on my own, to Croatia, where I met and stayed with people that I had only ever spoken to online. The flight out was ok, and I had a great conversation with the driver who drove me from Zagreb to Osijek, we are now friends and are meeting up soon!
When I arrived at Domagoj’s place and we met for the first time in person, I instantly felt as if I had been around him before – as if I had known his presence in a way. We went inside, and I got to meet his lovely partner and eat some delicious food. Later that night we went for a meal and I had the opportunity to meet the other 2 team members that Domagoj had recruited to help out: Designer Davor and Back End Developer Davor. We spoke about THC whilst also getting to know one another and it was a really good night. After dinner, Domagoj took me to meet Alen, the man who I would be staying with whilst I was there. Even though we never met, we had a long chat and completely hit it off. I had a great time and felt very welcome/safe whilst staying there.
Whilst in Osijek, Designer Davor and his wife kept me entertained throughout the day showing me around the local sites and Domagoj’s partner took me to the local market where I got to meet her parents – such lovely people. I had a really great time. One of the evenings we dedicated to The Human Codex by holding our first team Scrum – we ordered food and went in to detail about The Human Codex, what it is, what it will do, and what it will become. I think for the first time the team got to see the passion behind THC and why the task of getting it live has never stopped.
I came back from Croatia full of positive thoughts and for the first time realised what I had been envisioning for so long, will actual come true by the end of the year. Unfortunately, things took a slight turn when the Designer advised us that he had another commitment, which meant that he would no longer be able to dedicate the necessary time to THC. Luckily for us, Domagoj was quick to find someone else to help and now we are more confident than ever that THC will be created and become everything that we hope it to be but I had no idea where it would lead me.