10 Apr 2002
(updated 20 Apr 2002 at 15:53 UTC) »
Back from GUADEC3. It was a lot of fun to meet the GNOME
hackers again. I met a lot of people which I only knew from
I was staying at an apartment together with
Martin Baulig, Jorn (Galeon/Rhythmbox hacker; wow, he's just
15!!), sienap (Dennis, crazy guy), kanikus
+ his GF. It rocked. The apartment was close to the city
center of Sevilla. The bad thing about Spain is that almost
nobody speaks english there. But we could somehow manage to
get everything done (describing the to the conference
center, getting food at the restaurants, ...).
The day we arrived in Madrid really sucked. We tried to find
out where the buses to Sevilla were leaving. Unfortunately
the information desk at the airport wasn't able to provide
us the information we needed, so we were on our own and we
succeeded, yay!! We left Madrid (the city sucks!!) at 1 am
on Wednesday and had quite a nice trip (I was able to sleep
in the bus which is normally not possible). We arrived at
Sevilla at 7.30 and had to find our apartment -- which was
much easier than I thought first. At the apartment we tried
to get the keys. Unfortunately Fernando (which was in charge
of the apartment) couldn't speak english at all. I was quite
surpised that his son know bits of english. We agreed to get
the keys for the apartment 45 minutes later; so we're
waiting. (bummer, I couldn't reach Markus, the other guy
from the apartment, I just reached his answering machine; on
monday I found out that he's German,...). It was quite
surpising that another guy called us (he spoke German, but I
still don't know who the hell he was) and told us to get to
a cafe. There we should wait until he arrived. So we did
that (in vain). Martin and we were frustrated/annoyed of
Spain (and this was just the second day). We finally found
out that the other gang (Uraeus, kmaraas,...) would arrive
at 4.29 pm at the train station. We decided to go there.
Together with the other guys we headed back to the apartment
and tried to get the keys for a second time. But *sigh*...
We were glad that jdub finally
(that bastard had the keys ;) ). We just put our stuff in
the apartment and left to get some food.
The rest of the
evening was quite nice (except that kmaraas broke my latop
:*( ). I could finally enjoy the day.
On the next day we had to find our way to the conference
center (which was about 3-4 km away from our apartment). As
previously mentionned (almost) nobody speaks english in
Spain, this includes taxi drivers. We somehow managed to
get to the conference where our first problem was to
register at the reception and to get something to eat
(yeah...nobody speaks english blabla). We finished eating
and headed for the first talk. It was fun to meet so many
people, people who I haven't seen for one year. I also met
some new hackers who I only knew from IRC.
In the evening
I stayed together with hadess
apartment; we watched some movies which was a lot of
On the next day we missed the first talks (which
were quite uninteresting for me) and arrived at about 12:30
at the conference center. There's not much to tell about the
day except the evening. Yep, there was the XIMIAN Party! It
was so much fun (and I was so fu**i*g drunk). We had the
famous butt signing (vicious
you rock!). At
3 o'clock I was too tired/drunk and I asked Martin B. what
he thought about going home (hmmm, I dunno what I said ;-)
). We somehow got home and I went to bed (the rest...I won't
tell :P). BTW, hadess got home
at 7 am!!
Poor creature ;-)
OK, the rest of the day was quite annoying except that I met
hub and Dom. Unfotunately those guys had to
catch their train and thus our conversation was quite short
In the evening we did some sight-seeing (nice!!) and went to
a restaurant (where we had the usual problems!).
On the next day I stood up quite late and was quite suprised
what had happened in the other apartment (the MAS guys were
there). They discussed about gstreamer and MAS which was
quite interesting; I learned some bits of the internals of
gstreamer, a really amazing piece of software! Later that
day we went (again) to a restaurant where I tried a snail
(baaah, tasted strange!!) and after that to the irish pub.
Unfortunately, I was quite tired and had to stay there until
3 (or was it 4) o'clock. For more information about that
night, please read hadess's diary *hint*.
Monday: That was the last day and the weather
was quite nice, so some of us decided to go the the city. We
went to the cathedral and the city park.
OK, that's it, more or less. Conclusion: Spain was fun
for the most part, except that the organisation of GUADED,
the weather and people who couldn't speak any English
sucked. Fun fun!! See you next year in Dublin(??).