This site is the site of Erwin Ochsenmeier (a.k.a. me).
One of its goals is really for me to just play around with IT stuff when I have some free time. If I remember well, this is the third or fourth iteration of my site. After a couple of versions on Drupal, I have switched it to WordPress as my new hosting service does not support Drupal 8 yet. I am running Drupal 8 locally on my Mac for the moment and might switch the site to Drupal 8 later on.
I was born in Belgium from a Belgian Dutch speaking mother and a German father. My mother was from the north of Ypres (Belgium), my father had come from Munich (Germany) after WWII as a teenager with his mom. I think most of the Ochsenmeiers are still in Bavaria and related one way or the other to each other. I took English and Spanish at university and spent a couple of summers in England (Southampton and Lincoln) and in Spain (Málaga and Burgos).
Besides Brussels, I have lived in the USA (Denver and Atlanta). Had a “green card” for about 10 years. I worked as a network manager in Atlanta (USA) and as a translator, mostly in the technical and computer fields, both in the USA and in Belgium.
Though I started teaching languages in the late 1980’s, I decided a few years ago to get a teaching degree (which I did in Dutch) with a focus on teaching languages. I now teach languages (French, English, and Spanish) mostly to adults or in higher education settings. I also give private lessons and coach people who need to get ready to speak in public in English or French.
For more information on my career, see my LinkedIn profile.
My hobbies and interests besides work are IT stuff, literature and languages, anything that has to do with the USA, the UK and Germany, biking, playing guitar, cooking and photography now and then (see my 500px portfolio).
In addition to languages, I am also spending time on questions of politics and religion, focusing on Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Sören Kierkegaard.