I have just returned from what was my first GUADEC.
The talks were pretty cool.. I wanted to go to everyone of them. They were recorded so hopefully we’ll see some links pretty soon.
Istanbul is a beautiful city. I hope to go back sometime. We were staying in Sultanahmet a great area to stay in; you will find everything from expensive hotels to cheap, clean student hostels. There is no lack of restaurants, coffee shops, historical sites, or beautiful mosques to visit… oh and rooftop patios with surreal views.
GUADEC parties were good, but the boat party was by far the best. Something about being in boat in the middle of the Bosporus brings out the party animal inside of you.
The local volunteers at GUADEC and the Turkish people in general are very welcoming. You cannot look at a map twice without someone offering to help. It was also nice to see people from difference cultures having with
Overall I thought it was a great conference. Things went smoothly, and it was very productive. Thanks to the organizers who made it seem easy.
The image above is a view of the Bosporus from the terrace of the hotel.