Slideshow: Not Complaining in Barcelona

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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kq4ym 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!
Joe Stanganelli 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?  ;)
Joe Stanganelli 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.
Joe Stanganelli 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).
freehe 12/30/2016 | 6:03:54 PM
Barcelona I believe the AC Barcelona Forum is a Marriott hotel. Gorgeous view.
freehe 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.

freehe 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.
freehe 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.
freehe 12/30/2016 | 5:54:04 PM
Apple Not that is an Apple store in Barcelona. Awesome!
freehe 12/30/2016 | 5:52:57 PM
Slideshow Do you happen to know the meaning behind the hanging sheet art in slide picture #5?
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