Malmo, Sweden and Rome, Italy

I was in Malmo, Sweden for Oredev, an awesome tech conference, October 31 through November 7.  I then vacationed in Rome for a few days, from November 7 through November 10.  I’m lazy so I have notes to share, but not a polished, fancy blog post.  Having blogged extensively about my time in Europe and China, I thought I should at least make a small post :).  Hello, goodbye, and I hope you enjoy!

Malmo:
* Emil, Tobias, Tara, Eric, Peter going to Tapas in Malmo, being confronted by Rupert, the creepy dude with the arabic ID.
** Made sexist jokes to Tara
** Made strange references to killing
** Told of a story where he rescued a family in Beirut
** Wouldn’t tell us his name or his business
** Wanted our business cards
** Bought us raspberry vodka shots
* Gave a full day workshop, two talks, and ran a panel
* Taxes, including sales tax, are about 75%
** Minimum wage is super high
** Quality of life seems very high
** Healthcare is very attentive, at least form the stories I heard
** Everyone is able to take 18 months maternity and paternity leave. Staggered between husband and wife.
** Most people takes 6 weeks off in the summer time
* Jumped in the Baltic sea, naked, after a sauna
** Ocean was 45 degrees F
** Sauna was 188 degrees F
* Had Swedish cuisine!
** Starter: pickled Herring with mayonnaise, bread, lettuce, tomato, dill, lemon
** Dinner: delicate potatoes with cod, carrots, peas, and mustard sauce
** Desert: vanilla pudding with apple sponge cake
* Enjoyed the beautiful park with Dan
* Wonderful dinner in city hall
** Pig blood soup
** Duck with potatoes, cabbage, prunes, apple sauce, apples. Delicious
** Port for desert, great company
** Michael asked me to moderate the Cloud Computing panel, and give a Cloud Computer talk
* Had another awesome Swedish meal: BBQ deer with potatoes
* Observation: everyone is beautiful here. Guys and girls.
* Dan and I did a day trip in Copenhagen
** We ate and drank on the famous street, Nyhavn. Cool place.
** Girls were unbelievable there
** I was rather sick, so we mostly just hung out and walked around
* Had a good organic dinner with Emil, several CS people, and Dan
** Good food, good wine
* Met Julia and her friend, Matilda, with Dan at TGI Fridays
** TGI Fridays is pretty posh in Europe. They had a DJ, etc.

Rome:
* Ate lunch in Ariaccea (a famous food village)
** Had starters, which were mostly meats, cheeses, vegetables, and other things
** Totally delicious
* Got a coffee, which in Italy is the tiniest amount of liquid, along with an Amaro, which is a digestive that’s good
* Got a beer Saturday night in Trastravere, which is a really cool hip scene
* Ate pizza and delicious fried starters at Pizzeria la Montecarlo in the city center
** Starters: Fritto misto (from Southern Italy)
** Dinner was at 9:30pm or so
* Went to a club Saturday night called Cearcolo degli Artisti — outdoors and indoors; cool place
* Sunday had breakfast at Mateo’s house; cake and coffee
* Sunday lunch was Silvio’s mom’s pasta with meat and salad
** Unbelievable
* Sunday went to Pigneto (street: Via del Pigneto) to get a beer. Really cool area
* Sunday dinner was Silvio’s mom, cooking onions + potatoes along with a fried steak (like wienerschnitzel). Soooo good
* Had desert wine called Passito in the Monti area, which is by the colosseum. Really cool area, and the wine was good
* Monday we relaxed, spent time in Trastravere, and played soccer with Silvio’s friends
** Europeans are totally fine showering naked with each other
** Ate dinner at around 10:00pm at Economica (pizzeria)
*** Had potato and sausage pizza, with bruschetta to start, and two half liters of Nastro Azzurro. Super good
** We then went to San Lorenzo, which is a very Mission-like hood
** Had a beer in Piazzetta, which is a little square in San Lorenzo
* Bought three Italian coffee makers (called a Moka), and Silvio’s mom gave me some coffee