CSSConf & USA recap

Eva Ferreira at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

That Harry Potter crazy fan…

First of all, I must admit I never understood miles nor fahrenheit measures. After spending a week in the US… I still don’t get them. It’s been almost a month and I was unable to write my recap on my CSSConf experience and my first journey to the United States. So here it is:

My plans for this journey began in late february, when inflation in Argentina was about 30%, it is now turning out to be 40%… I got hold of my savings and decided to travel. As I was planning on attending CSSConf on Amelia Island I also made arrangements to visit Universal Studios in Orlando (yup, I’m one of those Harry Potter crazy fans). On May 21st I took off to Orlando.

I spent the first three days at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Orlando, just a few blocks away from Universal. The most interesting thing about this hotel was the fact that it was… rounded. People were really nice and a free ride to Universal Studios was provided (which was very convenient since the heat was unbearable). First day was simple shopping (South Americans enjoy shopping in US), Vans and a Simon game.

Since I owned a two-day pass to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, spending the whole first day on Hogsmeade and Hogwarts sounded great. You may think I got bored after a couple of hours but no, I did not. I had butterbeer and expended (more than) a few dollars on HP Merchandising. Day two at Universal was also great! I returned to Hogsmeade, had a beer at Hog’s Head and spent an afternoon visiting stuff from Back to the Future and The Simpsons. That night, I said good-bye to Orlando in order to fly the next day to Jacksonville, to attend CSSConf US 2014.

I arrived at Amelia Island on May 25th and stayed at the wonderful Omni Resort. Next day, the conference would officially begin with a meeting at 7 p.m. I remember myself walking around the place before getting in, feeling out of place because I did not know anyone there. When I finally walked in I began talking to people and people were talking back to me! It felt like a sort of family meeting, because most people knew each other, but I never felt out of place and, contrary to my expectations, I kind of joined a really cool group of people.

CSSConf US 2014Next day, May 27th, the conference began. Thanks to the lovely Nicole Sullivan I was granted a place to speak at the conference. My talk “What on Earth is Perspective?” seemed to go well even though I was scared as f*ck. At the beginning words failed a little and my sort of good English went bad… Nerves happens! But I moved on, did some live-coding and although the talk was simple, the feedback was good 🙂 Beach party after CSSConf was amazing! I got to meet awesome people and talk a lot! Got myself a picture with Amazing Lea Verou!

The hardest part was saying goodbye and “No, I don’t think I’ll be here next year.” But hopefully things will get better and I will get a chance of doing this crazy journey again.

Thanks everyone. It was fun 🙂

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