before getting here i had a lay over in london's gatwick airport where i had a couple of hours to kill so i naturally settled in at a pub, comforted myself with pints of guinness and hacked on kicker. it was just as rainy and cool in london as it was in calgary, so it was a nice change to step off the plane into the beautiful mediteranian air where antonio was waiting to pick me up. that guy seriously rocks.
the university where the conference is being held is gorgeous:
unfortunately things were so busy (not to mention the network being available) for the first couple of days that i didn't even get a chance to check my email let alone blog. and it wasn't all bad ;) the med was a warm embrace and the hugs as we greeted each other, many of us for the first time since last year, were equally lugubrious.
in between the already intense technical and organizational discussions and work i have managed to get out on the town once or twice however. at the local mall where we picked up some previsions i managed to take the local equine for a ride:
the locals we not quite sure what to make of the scene of geeks taking pictures of a fellow hacker on the kiddie rides. oh well. that was really just a warm up for the evening that was to come. after a seaside dinner we went in search of drink and dance. instead, the first place we walked into was a brothel. upon entry we noticed the small bar seemed a bit empty. but soon we were joined by three chesty women who descended the stairs and into our lives. i suddenly realized what the sign "servicio" on the stairs with the little man and woman figures on it really meant. of course we finished beers before leaving.
and yes, we did we leave. honest.
yesterday was the e.V. meeting and i'm proud and horrified to say that i am now a member of the board. great and exciting things are brewing around the conference ...