I’m going to the Core Apps Hackfest

In this exact moment, I’m packing up my stuff to attend the Core Apps Hackfest organized by Carlos Soriano and kindly hosted by Kinvolk. It’ll happen in Berlin, German.

I have mixed feelings about this trip.

The Good:

  • I’m super excited to see old friends again. Do you guys remember Carlos was my GSoC mentor? Kudos for him for he organized this event, I want to see you again dude!
  • Looks like Berlin is a great place to be and, even though this is a focused trip, I want to quickly visit one or two historical places.
  • This hackfest has an incredibly high potential to be productive. Major core contributors will be there.
  • I’m positively surprised that my sponsorship request was accepted. Traveling from Brazil is very expensive. I can’t thank the GNOME Foundation enough for that. I really wouldn’t be able to attend without it.
  • That’s a great oportunity to get some fresh winter German air. There’s a chance I’ll see snow for the first time ever (ya’ know, Brazil has no snow…).
  • Even if the average German consumes a lot of meat, appearently there is an unbelievably high number of veg(etari)an restaurants nearby.

The Bad:

  • It’s cold. I lived my entire life in a place where the worst possible weather is worth a jacket. I’m talking about the possibility of snow. Frozen water falling from the damn sky.
  • I really hope I can be productive. The last few weeks of my life were insane, and my performance is not at its peak. I want every single cent spent by the GNOME Foundation on me to be worth it.
  • I also hope that Endless benefits from this hackfest’s outcome.
  • I don’t speak Dutch. I don’t know how receptive they’ll be with a foreigner in their country that doesn’t speak a single word in their language. (Sorry folks.)
  • I’ll miss my wife!

Of course, even if I have some fears, I’m extremely happy with this hackfest. Thanks again for the GNOME Foundation for sponsoring me, and thanks Endless for allowing me to attend it.

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6 thoughts on “I’m going to the Core Apps Hackfest

  1. I hope you have a great time in Germany and I’m excited for the work being done on Gnome. Don’t worry about not speaking German (it’s Deutsch, not Dutch!), most Germans are happy to communicate in English, especially in a city like Berlin.

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  2. Berlin is an awesome city and even if you fly there to work, I really hope you get to enjoy your visit and see some of its historic wealth. The most moving part for me was the Bebelplatz memorial and I recommend you go there. I wouldn’t look it up before going, I fear that would somewhat ruin the experience. I hope a local will be able to bring you there and tell you what the memorial is about.

    Have a nice trip and keep on being awesome.

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  3. Don’t worry about not speaking Dutch. Most people in Berlin don’t speak it! 😉 (But really, Berlin is a very international city, not speaking German is not a problem at all)

    Good luck, your work on open source is much appreciated!

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