Thanks to FUDCon’s Planning Team I got sponsored for my first FUDCon ever in Milan, Italy including my flight and hotel room. I spent almost 5 unforgettable great days in the beautiful city of Milan from Thursday till Monday early morning.
I left Prishtina International Airport (PRN) in Thursday midday, had my parents sending me to the airport. I flew again with Austrian Airlines to Vienna International Airport (VIE). Unfortunately when I landed in the other part of the airport the boarding for my next flight started so I had to run from one corner of airport to the other to catch my flight and not having the possibility again to go to Starbucks like last year. I arrived at the Malpensa International Airport (MXP) around 17:00, went straight to the Train station located in Aiport which I had to wait my train about 40 minutes but I spent the time by grabbing some very delicious sandwiches nearby. The *express train* took around 40 minutes to get to Milan Centrale and the station itself was big, or at least for me. After that I had to take the subway which actually was my first time getting in subway and feeling that speed and wind with all those newspapers floating, like seen on TV :D. The station I got off was very near my hotel (UNA Hotel Mediterraneo) I was staying. I arrived at the hotel around 18:30 of all 7 hours where I met with Jared, Dennis Gilmore and Peter Robinson. That night I also met with Christoph Wickert whom just arrived that night at the check in. We later catched up with Jeroen van Meeuwen and his girlfriend Lydia and went for Dinner, I had a very delicious steak with an unknown sauce 🙂
The first night I had to sleep at Jared Smith’s room because room were booked from Friday to Sunday, a thing I didn’t know before Joerg Simon booking my flight. But there wasn’t any problem at all! I was a good boy *that* night.
Friday, was a free day without any schedule. Mee and Jared after we had breakfast we headed to the city centre for sightseeing, we visited Piazza del Duomo where while we were taking photos of the Duomo and buildings around a guy came and started to give corn and pidgins jumped in hour hands, they kept giving us corn for a minute or so and in the end they asked as for money :). After that we got inside of Duomo and I was amazed by it’s great architechture. It wasn’t enought for us so we decided that we should go in the top of Duomo but the classic way which was also cheaper but it was a long trip until we arrived on top because as geeks we are we had to make many stop en route 🙂 The view was amazing, Milan is a great city. After we went down we met up with John McDonough and his daughter, we got to get a couple of mobile SIM’s and after that we went for some nice Italian coffee in front of the piazza. While we were sitting there Jared came with Gelato, and I also had to have some, it was my first one and I loved it. We had a short chat there then left because we got a sms from Dennis saying that more people came at the hotel and they are asking for Jared. After coming back I had the chance to meet the arrived community and had a long chat with everyone while waiting for my roommate Bert Desmet to check in our room. That night we went for Aperitivo which you have to pay a little extra for your drink but you get free food. I had many kind of drinks and foods which didn’t help me that much in something it happened to me later. After aperitivos we went for some beer (at last).
After having breakfast on Saturday morning we headed to the University of Milan for the FUDCon to start, everything started at 9:30 AM as planned with the welcome talk by Jared, our Fedora Project Leader. Then everyone proposed their talks in barcamp-style. I went to many talks including Jared’s talk on “You could be the next Fedora Project Leader”, Nicu’s workshop on Inkscape, Dennis’ talk on “How Fedora is built” etc. During lunch I had the chance to chat with other contributors that I didn’t meet before. The FUDPub in the evening was amazing, we went at Troppa Pizza where I had a lot, a lot of Pizza, different kinds but mostly Vegetarian 🙂 I had also beer but switched later to Coke (I was a good boy that night). After pizza we went again to the bar we had beer in Friday but again I had just water 🙂
The next day started the same, more people came again and proposed their hackfest sessions or talks, I visited many of them but I joined the discussion at the Ambassadors one which I think it was a productive session and there will be solved things coming up soon.
I had to leave the hotel at 4AM in the Monday morning so I booked a taxi before which was very expensive :), I departed Milan at around 7 am to Vienna then Vienna to Pristina, my grandfather with my father were waiting me at the airport. I got home safe and I continued school as always.
P.S. My laptop’s battery charger died during the trip to Milan, that’s the reason I couldn’t blog daily but I will try to make an general blog post here.
You can find my photo album here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gentthaqi2/sets/72157627832671204/ But you can find more photos online I guess which tell more 🙂