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Debconf 6, Day 1

  • 17th May, 2006 at 2:13 AM


Butcher
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Sunday was the first day of actual talks. The night before, ze_dinosaur had arrived and so we hunted for breakfast together. We walked out and found Jesus who was walking towards town. We opted to follow him to the mercado in the town just outside the side gate of the resort.

We walked into the market and down some stairs. There are just little stalls where people were selling hats or CDs or pots or clothes. When we walked a bit further, we found a covered area where sweet-smelling smoke swirled everywhere. We sat down on a bench with a thin counter in front of us and someone came back with menus. I ordered a chorizo quesadilla and a glass of horchata. They were very fresh and very, very tasty.

I went to the Torre Parlimentaria where the welcome speeches were happening. Mexico has been very warm and sunny, which means dehydration and sunburns. The tower is air-conditioned, so this was a very welcome environment.


Ice cream bar
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

We sat through a talk where Simon Phipps from Sun announced work he's done with Sun to get more and more software opened. He seems to be very enthusiastic about Free Software, which he mentioned specifically, so I hope he does well with his persuasions within Sun.

I no longer remember what I did after this. I think I might have walked around a bit before having the caterred lunch. I've been eating these sponsored meals for a couple of days and they've been rather substandard. Sure, they're edible and doesn't make anyone sick. But it's insipid, because they're trying to put out European style meals, which the kitchen doesn't know how to do. Since I'm travelling, I'm totally going to eat tasty local food, which I won't be able to get in Canada.

At lunchtime, I bumped into Felipe van de Wiel whom I met at OLS last year. He introduced me to his Brazillian friends and we discovered that Tiago Vaz and Tássia Camões who are studying in Montréal. I promised them that we'd get some Debian get-together in early June, before they leave.


Jesus Climent
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

It's rather warm right now. The temperature goes about 30°C every day, but the humidity is always close to 30% so it doesn't get very sticky. But it does make such things like ice cream more important. Interestingly enough, lots of American products are for sale in Mexico, but under completely different brand names.

After dinner, we went to the HackLab which is a building set up to encourage people to work with their computers. There are plenty of tables and chairs, with extension cords sprawled everywhere. I sat down for a game of Mao, and then got up several hours later. I wandered outside, where people were hanging out on the veranda, so I sat down on the grass in a circle and chatted with people until the early hours of the morning.

Debconf, you're so bad for my health.


Comments

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spider88
17th May, 2006 07:15 (UTC)
You're quite the jet-setter this year!

And I'm sooo jealous of you right now. :)
sfllaw
18th May, 2006 17:35 (UTC)
I believe in doing things whole-heartedly. None of this wishy-washy travel. :)
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sfllaw
18th May, 2006 17:35 (UTC)
I'm still in Mexico. I'll be back on Vicky Day.
phrawzty
17th May, 2006 13:24 (UTC)
Mmm, Horchata is where it's at!
sfllaw
18th May, 2006 17:33 (UTC)
Yes!
radhardened
17th May, 2006 13:32 (UTC)
I had to look up horchata... that sounds potentially yummy. I must try making some this summer.
sfllaw
18th May, 2006 17:33 (UTC)
You should, it's delicious and refreshing.
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sfllaw
18th May, 2006 17:35 (UTC)
No, I haven't. I shall have to search them out.
3g0
17th May, 2006 13:47 (UTC)
Ohhh Magnum bars! I haven't had those since my stay in NL. I miss them!
sfllaw
18th May, 2006 17:37 (UTC)
They're massive!
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sfllaw
18th May, 2006 17:35 (UTC)
Yeah, he probably shouldn't. :)
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