Goodbye Google, San Francisco, California, and United States

Post from July 31, 2013 (↻ September 29, 2022), filed under (feed).

I’m resetting my life. I’ve quit at Google, I’ve quit my apartment in San Francisco, I’ve sold most of what I own and put the rest in storage. I’m now about to backpack the world to pursue my studies and goals and to build a new life somewhere else. Where? I don’t know yet. But knowing what to do is more important than where to do it.

Here’s a candid, biased, incomplete Jens eye view on the last few years of my life.

Google j9t.

Figure: My dear Masa’s Google j9t doodle.



That’s where I am now. Onward.

Toot or tweet about this?

About Me

Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

If you have a question or suggestion about what I write, please leave a comment (if available) or a message. Thank you!

Comments (Closed)

  1. On July 31, 2013, 23:56 CEST, Sylvain M. said:

    I just wish you all the best, you did (probably) too much good work 😊 So, I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for and live happy! Thanks for all the knowledge sharing!

  2. On July 31, 2013, 23:59 CEST, David said:

    Congrats, Jens! You’re going to keep us posted on what’s to come right!?

  3. On August 1, 2013, 0:22 CEST, stefan keuchel said:

    wow - what a great post.
    i wish you nothing but the best Jens.
    Be safe - have fun - enjoy life - keep us posted 😊

  4. On August 1, 2013, 1:52 CEST, Manuel said:

    Sounds like you’ve had a (mostly) good life in the past! Good luck for whatever you will do in the future!

  5. On August 1, 2013, 4:48 CEST, Arne Kriedemann said:

    Best luck for the future. It seems that life in San Francisco was another one as in Bremen… 😉
    Enjoy Your life

  6. On August 1, 2013, 6:42 CEST, Matt said:

    Congrats man! Good luck.

  7. On August 1, 2013, 6:55 CEST, Christina C. said:

    Miss you already! And you’re invited to come warm my house anytime.

  8. On August 1, 2013, 7:29 CEST, Dirk Ginader said:

    All the best!
    Have fun 😊

  9. On August 1, 2013, 8:08 CEST, Jens Grochtdreis said:

    All the best, Jens. I hope you’ll find your peace and the sense in your life.

  10. On August 1, 2013, 8:29 CEST, Ansgar Hein said:

    This post sent shivers down my spine. Amazing, just like you. And since you take yourself with you, no matter where your travels may lead you, you will most likely always be happy. All the best! Enjoy!

  11. On August 1, 2013, 8:55 CEST, Dirk said:

    Goodbye. Hello. And all the best!

  12. On August 1, 2013, 9:21 CEST, Jürgen said:

    Wish you all the best, on and after your trip. Maybe there is a chance of meeting each other somewhere in this great small world? Sincerely yours, your “favorite” project manager 😉

  13. On August 1, 2013, 9:32 CEST, Bastian said:

    Bääm! Loved to read this. Enjoy!

  14. On August 1, 2013, 10:02 CEST, Martin Stehle said:

    Thank you for your post. I wish you the best on your way.

  15. On August 1, 2013, 10:38 CEST, Gunnar Bittersmann said:

    Meet you in the land of hope and dreams.

  16. On August 1, 2013, 11:09 CEST, Simon Owen said:

    Nice read, good luck in the future 😊

  17. On August 1, 2013, 11:14 CEST, Kai Laborenz said:

    Enjoy your trip and stay save!

  18. On August 1, 2013, 13:21 CEST, Markus said:

    Impressive. Good luck with whatever may come from now on 😊

  19. On August 1, 2013, 15:54 CEST, tobs said:

    Bon voyage!

  20. On August 1, 2013, 18:05 CEST, Knut said:

    All the best for you, Jens. After a couple of weeks you’ll see the world with different eyes.

  21. On August 1, 2013, 18:23 CEST, Michael Klein said:

    Jens, da schau an - alles Gute bei dem Trip!

  22. On August 1, 2013, 18:53 CEST, Neal G said:

    I hope you’ll be able to keep up to date your CSS Properties page. I find it really valuable and use it a lot. Safe travels!

  23. On August 1, 2013, 20:49 CEST, Thomas said:

    Lieber Jens ich wünsche Dir alles erdenklich Gute auf deinem zukünftigen weg. Falls er dich in meine Gegend verschlägt bist du herzlich eingeladen 😉

  24. On August 2, 2013, 9:44 CEST, Jens Oliver Meiert said:

    Thanks everyone! When looking at all the reactions I’m a little overwhelmed I must say!

    I’m currently in Miami to “decompress” but then headed Dominican Republic. I’m a bit undecided whether I’ll just do nothing for a few days but overall I’m pretty sure you’ll hear from me again soon (and vice versa, as I’ll try to catch up with you).

  25. On August 6, 2013, 9:02 CEST, Stephanie Rewis said:

    Wow, you beat us to the exit–we’re about 4 years behind you. Hopefully we’ll see you ‘around the world’ somewhere. (You’ll need to be near the coast since we’ll be in a boat.) 😉 Cheers and good travels.

  26. On August 6, 2013, 11:57 CEST, Holger N. said:

    Just seeing this.. nice story which makes me don’t head down on this working day.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

    Bon voyage, old classmate! 😉

  27. On August 15, 2013, 12:41 CEST, Reik Schatz said:

    Haha awesome blog post. All the best for the future Jens. Cheers

  28. On August 19, 2013, 10:47 CEST, David Maciejewski said:

    Jens, I wish you all the best for your future! I really can understand your step. It’s better to try new things instead of rather than regret not having done it.
    Thank you very much for this really great and detailed post. Hopefully it wasn’t the last.