Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Web Architecture Consultant specializing in open source frameworks.

10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

A Spectacular Trip to Stockholm and Madrid

When I travel in the winter, it's usually to ski resorts or client sites, not to conferences. However, when the Mattias Karlsson invited me to speak at Jfokus, I jumped at the opportunity. That same day in Antwerp, Sergi Almar asked me to speak at Spring I/O. Turns out, both conferences were in the same week so we worked out the logistics of traveling to Stockholm and Madrid and got ready for a spectacular trip.

Trish and I started our journey two weeks ago by flying over the top of world, connecting through Seattle and Reykjavik (Iceland) before arriving in Stockholm on Monday afternoon. We took the bullet train from the airport to downtown and walked a couple blocks to the conference venue/hotel. We checked in, relaxed, then met a bunch of folks a few hours later to go to the speaker's dinner at F12.

James Ward and Enno Runne by Trish McGinity Juergen Hoeller Speakers Dinner Singers Matt Raible James Ward Rickard Oberg Jfokus speakers dinner

On Tuesday, I attended quite a few sessions at the conference, took and nap and delivered my Comparing JVM Web Frameworks talk at 17:00. The Atlassian Bar opened after my talk concluded and we enjoyed some tasty beverages while talking tech with new and old friends. James Ward's Cloud BOF started at 8 and we enjoyed the beer and banter before heading out to the local Sports Bar. We scared the bar's proprietors with our hunger and thirst at such a late hour, but they served us anyway.

John Wilander Jfokus 2012 Thanks for the beer Atlassian! Cloud Conversations Heroku James Ward After BOF Dinner Crew

On Wednesday, I got woken up by the hotel's housekeeping at 9:52 and I had to be on stage at 10:10. I got dressed and downstairs as fast as I could and put the final touches on my presentation as people were filing in the room. I opened my talk with, "You ever had one of those morning where the housekeeping woke you up and you had to be on stage 10 minutes later?"

The conference ended that day, but Trish and I extended it a bit by going to the Scala Stockholm Meetup and walking around the city to capture some night photos. I wrote up a blog post about my presentations and Jfokus the next morning and Trish posted both her Jfokus and Stockholm pictures to Flickr. Below are some of my favorite pictures of Sweden.

Stockholm bike along rail

Storkyrkan Saint Nicolaus Church Stockholm Stockholm Town Hall
Stockholm Evening
Stockholm Lion
Riddenholm Church
Stockholm View

On Thursday, we traveled to Madrid for Spring I/O. We arrived at sunset and met up with Josh Long and his Dad for a ride to our hotel. Trish went to high school in Puerto Rico and got to show of her Spanish skills when she helped the driver find the hotel. I spoke on Friday morning and we spent the rest of the weekend taking photos and enjoying Carnival. We had a great hotel in the heart of Madrid and could walk to almost all the historic sites.

It was great seeing Trish in Madrid. Her Spanish was excellent and I felt like I had a personal tour guide the whole time. Her pictures show the weather was beautiful and the sites, amazing.

Templo de Debod

Iglesia San Gines Palace Real

Plaza Mayor Madrid Evening Commute Puerta de Alcala Madrid

Almudena Cathedral

You can see all of Trish's Madrid photos on Flickr. I also published mine in a Stockholm and Madrid 2012 album.

Yes, it was quite a bit of work preparing for two conferences in one week. However, both were in exotic, beautiful locations. Not only that, but Mattias and Sergi did a great job of providing terrific local experiences. Thanks guys, we had a blast.

Happy Travelers in Madrid

For more of Trish's photos from our world travels, see McGinity Photo's World Gallery.

Posted in General at Feb 26 2012, 09:11:03 PM MST 2 Comments
Comments:

What an awesome trip! It was really fun having Trish there too. Lets do it again for Devoxx Paris!

-James

Posted by James Ward on February 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM MST #

Wow those photos look amazing! I'm going to the Scandinavian developers conference in Gothenburg in April ... I hope it's as impressive as Stockholm

Posted by Toby Hobson on March 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM MST #

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