Friday, 16 April 2010

Campus-Europa en madrid!

Ola, soy une campusera de madrid, this month I got the very good surprise to be invited at Campus-Europa in Madrid to talk about my project Super K Sonic BOOOOum. It used to be in Valencia with Spanish participants but this year they seen it in BIG!

This event organized by the ministry of Science in Spain is a real unique platform for young developers, geeks, designers, scientists from all europe to meet and exchange their ideas and passion: And it works!
Before I posts different little articles on what we actually do and learn in Campus Europa, I would like to talk a bit more about Madrid and "los Madrilenos".

At first, my impression of Madrid was limited to " La casa Magica", this massive black box building is the place where 800 tents had been installed for all the european participants. The inside looks like the scene of a star wars movie: Look for yourself:

This is where I first met the staff of Campus-Party, those who made it all possible and worked so hard to get us 800 campuseros to discuss about "the future". Those are Claudia, Isabel, Raluca, Miguel, Jonan y Marco. The welcome was very warm and from there starts the adventure in Madrid...

On the evening I went to "The chefe", a little bar outside of The casa Magica, 50 Avenida de San Fermin ( in case you go by Madrid), this is where I met Miguel. Miguel is working for El chefe and he made me try some " especialidad" de madrid. hmmm...!
He talks perfect in french, english, german, very impressive.

Here you have "la pulpa a la Gallega", I mean what is left of octopus cooked in some mix of spice .

And here is some liquor de herbas to help to digest, it looks quite chemical but this is actually very tasty.
Then the evening ended in laugh and cervezas with the neighborhood, very warm.

The day after I went en "el Sol" =the sun, the center of the city, this is where you can see "la plaza mayor", very cute place where you can try the hot chocolate, an other "especialidad" of Madrid.

But also The plaza del Sol, usually full of performers, so yes, madrid seems to be a dynamic city.

Keeping on with my little tour, I met others campuseros in front of the Royal Palace.

la plaza de la provencia, la plaza de la villa, la plaza de oriente... Madrid has a rich architecture. Everywhere you go you will find a little cute place where you will be able to stop and enjoy the sun. And if you get lost, just ask around, Madrilenos are very helpful.
Here you can see a craftman working on knitting on apperon

But also Madrid is made of funny little details, like this Xrays shops, which scan chicken!

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