The 2014 F# Tour in numbers31 Dec 2014
Well, we are in the last hours of 2014, and I am nearly recovered from the craziness that was the F# Europa Tour 2014, so here we go – the Tour, in cold, hard facts (after all, I am a numbers’ guy):
- 40 days of travelling across Europe.
- 16 talks.
- 5 workshops (about 50 hours total).
- 9 countries.
- 6991 miles (11,250 kilometers) travelled, roughly (this is straight-line city to city, so the actual number is probably a good deal larger).
- 14 hours of bus.
- roughly 50 hours of train.
- roughly 28 hours of plane.
- 12 cities visited (and spoken at!).
- I lost track of how many gallons of beer were ingested. This is big data.
- 500 attendees? Maybe more? See previous data point.
- Delivered hundreds of shiny fsharp.org stickers to F# Communities across Europe. Btw, in case you didn’t hear - the F# Software Foundation is now a full-fledged, legally established entity, and YOU can be a member. Check it out!
Now for the important qualitative questions:
- Where did I eat the best bacon? This came as a surprise to me, but I have to say, the bacon I ate in Dublin, Ireland was amazing. Twice.
- Where does one find the best beer in Europe? This is a hard one – I had a chance to sample great beers from all over the place. I would say, Munich and its Biergarten rules, but the live beers at BuildStuff in Vilnius, Lithuania, were a very nice surprise.
- What’s the weirdest thing I ate? This one goes to Norway and its Lutefisk, a traditional Christmas fish dish. It’s definitely a regional specialty, as in, a specialty which didn’t expand beyond a limited regional area, for good reasons. For the record, I actually enjoyed it!
- What was the worst travelling mistake? Booking a last minute train ticket from Paris to Aarhus, Denmark, to realize in the train that instead of a nice sleeping car, I would be spending 22 hours sitting in a train with no food on board.
- Biggest scare: every person who has given a talk will tell you, relying on the internet and anything live in a presentation is a rookie mistake. This is great advice, which is why I completely ignored it. It all worked just fine, but learning that Azure had been down for a couple of hours, right before a talk at BuildStuff which 100% required a live deployment to Azure to work, did give me some cold sweat. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat! It was a bit crazy, and definitely exhausting, but a ton of fun. All of you who helped out making this happen, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! The F# Community is absolutely fantastic, packed with energy and a good, friendly vibe, and everywhere I went felt like family. You all kept me going, so again, thank you (you know who you are)! In the meanwhile, I wish you all a happy year 2015 ahead, let’s make that one even better than 2014, and I hope to see many of you again this year! And, as always, feel free to ping me on Twitter as @brandewinder.
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