Yesterday was spent settling into the Casa 400 and reconnecting with the European Postgres community!
The hotel allowed us to check in very early and so I got to settle in, grab lunch and a nap before we set out for the evening.
We had informally decided to go on a pub crawl with whoever was already in town. The decision making about where to go started around 5pm.
I broke down our lessons learned as follows:
- Start the planning one hour before the intended departure time.
- Have a printed map, even if it is not consulted.
- Ask for help from locals.
Thanks to Greg, we actually asked a local bar owner about where to go, and he called a friend’s restaurant for us!
We ended up at Nels for dinner with nearly 25 people taking over most of the restaurant. I was lucky enough to have a friend in town from Portland that joined us for a long conversation about marketing, PostgreSQL, geek cruises and aircraft carriers. I think I have a topic now for a lightning talk.
After that, we walked around searching for ice cream for Ads. We ended up at Pasta e Basta, which had ice cream and singing wait staff. After hearing “Hit the road, Jack”, “Here comes the sun” and a few other tunes, we closed out the night at the hotel bar.
I got to meet the author of pgChess, Gianni Ciolli, and catch up with Jonathan Katz, Dimitri Fontaine and Peter Geoghegan.
All in all, a great start to the week at the conference! I’ll be room hosting this afternoon in room #3.