Xpat Interview: Angel Dominguez, Computer Engineer & Software Developer

  • 8 Jul 2019 9:56 AM
Xpat Interview: Angel Dominguez, Computer Engineer & Software Developer
Dr. Angel Dominguez is an American/Mexican/Spanish computer engineer and software developer currently living in Europe as a digital nomad. He enjoys technology, travelling, cooking, reading, and exploring all a city has to offer.  

Professionally, his current focus is on working with start-ups, providing consulting and software development services, and creating cross-platform mobile applications for local logistics and the travel industry.

Feel free to connect with him to discuss technology solutions, as well as with suggestions for places to visit, eat and enjoy in Central and Eastern Europe.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I arrived in June 2019 after having it recommended as a great city to visit/live by several friends.  Research showed lovely architecture, good transport options, nice summer weather and a large variety of international restaurants and people (maybe the most important to me for long-term living). 

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
I recently lived in Bangkok for 7 years, and spent significant time in Spain(Barcelona) and Mexico(Guadalajara and Mexico City) when I was younger. I’m drawn to major cities, having lived in Miami, DC and NYC while in the US.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
How affordable it’s been as well as how friendly the majority of locals are (maybe the biggest gripe I heard from others when commenting on Hungary.)

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
Wake up early, walk around Castle District and Danube riverside areas before the tourist swarms arrive. Have a set lunch at one of the many Michelin reviewed restaurants for a bargain price. Wander around the Jewish district and soak up the local energy and arts, have a glass of wine or 3 before enjoying dinner at a buzzing outdoor venue. Top it off with sunset views from the Citadella and a visit to a ruin pub or two to end the night. 

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Lángos! Who can say no to fried dough that’s crispy on the outside, soft and puffy on the inside, and covered in garlic, cream, cheese and some local smoked meats!

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Chili sauce, cheese, olives, charcuterie. 

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?

8. What do you miss the most from home?
After so many years abroad, mostly just family and friends. I do miss some facets of every city I’ve lived in, but have found it easy to adapt during my travels and find joys in local life. 

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I’ve considered being a food critic or travel writer, since I enjoy doing both in my free time. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of seafood or cold weather so I’ll keep it as a hobby and keep sharing suggestions with friends and fellow expats.  

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
Telemarketer or maybe a politician. Tough to say which one people around the world hate the most . 

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
I spent 3 weeks touring around Taiwan and Vietnam, exploring major cities as well as trekking through mountain areas, and trying local food from street stalls and popular restaurants. 

12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
Morocco and Egypt are near the top of the list.

13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
R.E.M., Cinema Paradiso, and playing basketball and video games with neighbourhood friends.

14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
Freshly baked bread.

15. Red wine or white?
Red wine always, full bodied and robust. 

16. Book or movie?
Books, I’m a voracious reader. 

17. Morning person or night person?
Definitely not a morning person, at least until I’ve had my latte.

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Corruption in governments and economic disparity.

19. Buda side or Pest side?
Buda side is beautiful and historic, but Pest is vibrant and evolving.

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Life can be short, travel and learn something new every day. 

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