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Seen in Barcelona: Skate park, friendly dogs, excellent graffiti and street art and OpenStack Summit.

Mitch Wagner

December 30, 2016

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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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Figure 1: On a Roll 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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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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