25 March 2007
21 March 2007
The past couple of weeks have been crazy. I've been all over the place and today I can finally find some time to start with our ApacheCon presentation. Last week I've been visiting some Hippo friends in the UK. I always love to visit London, because it's such a great place. Especially the soho district, where their office is located, is full of these small foodshops and restaurants. It's really nice and I should really take some vacation and go there for a couple of days and see all the nice things around town.
On monday I had some spare time in the evening to go for beers and dinner with Andrew and Jeremy. Great to see you guys again! We talked about the upcoming ApacheCon in Amsterdam and we're all a bit concerned about the fast upcoming deadline for our presentations, which ends March 23th. That's more then a month in advance! Jasha and I will really have to put some more effort in it to reach that deadline. I also noticed that the Early Bird registration ends this Friday, so you better make sure you have registered, because it saves you quite some money!
More good news on the Apache front: Andews vote was a success and the result was: 22 positive votes. I hope that in a couple of days all the paperwork is done and I can be proud to say that I'm part of the Apache family :-)
07 March 2007
Last year I worked closely with Andrew on several large Cocoon projects. Now that I'm thinking about it I've already been using Apache Cocoon for almost 4 years now and still enjoy working with it every day. Time flies I must say.
I'm also very happy to see that Felix is getting the same trust from the Cocoon community as I'm getting. I know Felix through Cocoon and Hippo CMS and we met last year for a couple of minutes in one of the restaurants at the Cocoon GT. Felix has been putting a lot of effort into Cocoon 2.2 lately, so I think he really deserves it! Keep up the good work Felix!
06 March 2007
Well I'm back in the office again and my first workday is already behind me. Last friday Soraya and I came back from a 5-day trip to Barcelona, Spain. I must say I was pretty impressed by this beautiful city. It has so many amazing facets! Finally today I found some time to write a bit about it, because I would recommend a trip to this wonderful city to anyone.
There is one famous person you can't get around in Barcelona: Antoni Gaudi. You will find a lot of places in and around Barcelona that were created by or inspired on the work of this famous architect.
During our stay we visited two of the most well known Gaudi attractions: The Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Before I left for Spain, I heard a lot about the Sagrada, but seeing it in real life is much more impressive. It's really an amazing work of art and according to the audio-guide they expect it to be finished in about 20 years. The started building around 1900 or so, so you can imagine it's hard to estimate. I can understand why, because it's so full of detail that when you look away and look at it again you will see new things that you had not seen the first time. We were very lucky that day, because the sun was shining like it was May or June and the colored windows gave this nice atmosphere inside the cathedral.
Next up was Parc Güell. Parc Güell is not just another ordinary city park, but again this piece of Barcelona was designed by Gaudi. It has some very impressive mosaic statues,benches and buildings and together with the sunshine this was a real treat.
Next to the cultural activities, my girlfriend also noticed that Barcelona is a great place to go shopping, as we spent an entire day going in and out of stores. The Barcelona shopping district really is huge, so if you tend to go shopping be sure to bring a big bag of money.
On the last day of our visit we also went into the old part of Barcelona which contains small and characteristic streets, gardens and squares. The atmosphere here was great and we ended up at a local antiques market. Barcelona is really a great place to visit and the people are very friendly. We really liked it, so we already talked about going back one day.
An photo impression of our stay in Barcelona can be found on my Flickr page.