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Slideshow: Not Complaining in Barcelona

Mitch Wagner
12/30/2016
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Barcelona is a beautiful city, and was a great place to host OpenStack Summit. You know what else is a beautiful city? San Diego. It's a lot like Barcelona, and I live here so I don't have to travel ten hours to get to it.

For years, people have been telling me about how beautiful and fantastic Barcelona is (except during Mobile World Congress, when I'm told it's like being trapped in a crowded elevator for several days). I finally had my first visit to Barcelona in late October, for OpenStack Summit.

And it was fine. Nice. Lovely. Mild climate. Palm trees. Spanish influence. Like home.

First thing I did after I got to my hotel in Barcelona and dropped off my bags was go for a long walk on the beach. We have beaches in San Diego. I never go.

I am not complaining. Barcelona is a beautiful city. I had a fine time and got a lot of work done too. And I took a day off work to sightsee before the conference started. Here's some of what I saw.


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My hotel was the AC Hotel Barcelona Forum, located a short walk from the OpenStack conference center. It's also a short walk to the beach, and this skate park.
My hotel was the AC Hotel Barcelona Forum, located a short walk from the OpenStack conference center. It's also a short walk to the beach, and this skate park.

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Michelle
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Michelle,
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12/30/2016 | 5:39:23 PM
Working vacation
It looks like you had a lot of fun at the OpenStack Summit! I really enjoyed your photos :)
freehe
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 5:49:26 PM
Summit Pictures
Wow that looks amazing. I want to visit Barcelona. It looks like you have a great time, great scenary, great weather, great fun!
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kq4ym,
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1/14/2017 | 10:45:40 AM
Re: Summit Pictures
Skateparks, beach, and street art...what a lovely place for a meeting. Looks like a successful event for all who attented that one! Wish I will be able to visit that city for official duties or fun myself!
freehe
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 5:50:55 PM
Barcelona
I didn't realize Barcelona has palm trees. Awesome greenery.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/31/2016 | 10:19:32 PM
Re: Barcelona
@freehe: Indeed, the city is not as far noth as one might think; it's worth noting that Barcelona is only about 5 degrees north, latitudinally, of Virginia Beach -- which is one of the northmost points on the east coast of the US that I can think of that has palm trees.
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 5:51:34 PM
Barcelona Tips
What was the best part of your visit to Barcelona?

What was the worst part of your vist to Barcelona?
freehe
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 5:52:57 PM
Slideshow
Do you happen to know the meaning behind the hanging sheet art in slide picture #5?
freehe
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 5:54:04 PM
Apple
Not that is an Apple store in Barcelona. Awesome!
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/31/2016 | 10:16:07 PM
Re: Apple
Indeed, I believe Barcelona is one of the few European cities to have an Apple store.

I was in Poland a few years ago and was chagrined to note that that number is pretty few and far between -- and (at least, at the time) not a single *official* Apple store existed in Poland (although there were many retail stores that specialized in selling Apple products, they were not actual, official Apple stores).
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 5:55:17 PM
Architecture
The picture of The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in slide #6 is breath taking. Working on a templte for a century that is amazing.
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 5:56:13 PM
Amenities
A glass sink in the bathroom, I am speechless. I am taking notes on things I want in my dream home. Thank you.
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 6:03:14 PM
OPNFV stack
The OPNFV stack is great technology. Cutting the cord does not disrupt voice call ac barcelona forumservice for customers, this is great.

Here is a great presentation by the Linux Foundation on OPNFV.

http://events.linuxfoundation.org/sites/events/files/slides/Ashiq%20Khan_OPNFV_LinuxCon%20Japan.pdf
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freehe,
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12/30/2016 | 6:03:54 PM
Barcelona
I believe the AC Barcelona Forum is a Marriott hotel. Gorgeous view.
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/31/2016 | 10:26:22 PM
Slide 2 dog
@Mitch: Had you engaged with the dog in slide #2, woudl your own dog have found out and been jealous?  ;)
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