I spent a week in Brooklyn, NY, to attend to eZ Conference 2015 in early November. A lot of things have happened after that trip, including Drupal 8 release party in Helsinki and DrupalCamp, both of them requiring quite a lot of my attention.
Anyhow, I flew in to New York with Finnair. Unfortunately, it was an older airplane and not the brand spanking new A350. But the flight was easy and also the waiting time in USA border control was tolerable.
I had booked an apartment through AirBnB, as it is way less expensive than a hotel, even for a single person. My apartment had a separate bedroom, quite big living room and a fully equipped kitchen. The neighbourhood was a bit rough looking and not in a positive way, but it looked worse than it was. There were plenty of grocery stores and small restaurants nearby, so my needs were well covered.
I had a session about bringing meaning to your life with open source at the conference and thus I arrived a couple of days earlier to get rid of jet lag. I strolled around Manhattan and bought various items that I and my family had listed as must-have purchases.
Besides that, I found myself so tired from previous weeks that I read books and surfed the Internet. I had to do some work, especially in the mornings when people were working in Finland.
The conference started on Wednesday morning with a half-day eZ Systems global partner meeting. It was refreshing to discuss with companies around the world how they run their business with eZ Publish.
The conference took a day and half. My session went well — at least I think so — and I received quite an amount of positive feedback after the session. The conference was in Williamsburg, so I wandered around during breaks and ate one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the restaurant.
The conference ended with a good party. And the party was even better after I found out that our company won two prizes: the best new partner and the best new blogger. Ixonos won third award, so Finland grabbed three out of nine awards. Not bad.
I left Brooklyn on Friday afternoon and was back at home on Saturday morning. Quite tired, but very satisfied. Would like to go again soon, but unfortunately there is no real need, and no time to have a holiday. Instead, I spent two days in London on business — nice trip, too.