This day I woke up really tired so I decided to stay in bed a little more. I showed up at the Passanger Terminal, by bike again, around 10:00. I had a meeting about the current situation of the Bitcoin foundation in Spain and the affiliate program that we were trying to accomplish some months ago. After it, I did a lot of networking a connected some people from very interesting projects, the conversations of these recently met teams were really interesting. Mycelium devs, Electrum’s ThomasV, Maran (finally met the guy! He helped me a when starting to contribute to Electrum’s code and the use of the OSX Terminal for github based code).
Waking up after such an horrible traveling day was really difficult, but I was so exited that I woke up around 07:00, took a cup of coffee and met the husband of the host, IT guy not so interested in Bitcoin, but I bet he would be somewhen before my departure.
I took the bike and started going really fast!… It didn’t go well as the bike is a classic model that didn’t even had breaks next to the hands but rather you have to stop spinning backwards. It took me only about 12 minutes to arrive near the Passanger Terminal Amsterdam, but I was trying to cross a lot of water and did’t know the way to get the bridge I was looking at! I finally arrived and was like the third person in the place o.o… So, time for more coffee, but a long line of coffee addicts and Bitlievers were keeping me away from it, I guess everyone were at the same coffee-shop as they had BitPay, the lonely Subway wasn’t selling any sandwich for that very reason, hah!
Jon Matonis introduced the day and sir Patrick Byrne was on stage teaching us history, philosophy and many interesting things that I saw around and everyone had lights in their eyes (*w*).
Lots of people, many unknown faces for me, a few familiar though, I was really happy to meet everyone and put faces to the projects. One of the best Bitcoin panels ever in front of me
I collected contacts from all those I already knew and some interested in joining us for dinner or something, but at the end it was not possible to arrange something with those many people without telephone nor internet, how did people before all these technologies knew where their friends were!?
As I was all alone and disconnected I was invited to join a group for a little touristic activity and a dinner. After all that and meeting new people, I got the bike and came back to take a little rest, but! I was invited again for a little walk so I did a lot of tourism too and now the 9flats hosts are thinking on accepting Bitcoin from 9flats for their next guest.
I’m finally heading to http://bitcoin2014.com so let’s see the original cool of Amsterdam, Holland
First I need to take a flight that starts at 9:55 and stops in Barcelona for an hour or so (Seville doesn’t have many connections to Amsterdam as one may expect), estimated time of arrival (yeah I know it can be abbreviated, but no thanks, I don’t want to be followed by more agencies…) is 16:30.
Let’s hope that Elon Musk jump to Europe someday and bring some more innovation in transports and accept Bitcoins time will tell.
Hello again Barcelona, I’m already bored of you… Just kidding. This is the 4th time I’ve been to BCN, but for only one hour more. The best time was clearly in March 5th 2011 when My Chemical Romance made their concert. I won’t ever forget last September Bitcoin meetup with Amir, Thomas, Tristan, Andy, Charles and many others… That is the second best time here
See you soon BCN!
-_____-” hello BCN… There was another flight SVQ->AMS, but it would have lasted +12 hours due to the BCN connection taking a lot of time, so I took the only good option there was, it was suppose to leave BCN airport at 13:50 just an hour or so of waiting. It ended up being almost 4 hours of delay due to an strike of airspace operators in France. Right after hitting 13:50 and still in a queue with no plane for us, the screens started saying every half an hour that the plane was delayed for another 30 minutes (despite me tweeting and warning the information guy that the Vueling webpage and Google says that the estimated time was set at 17:00 since 14:00), not only keeping almost 70 people stressed about the craziness of the screens it was also changing the gate and we were moving to all of theme hoping it was true. It seemed that someone finally listened or got bored of making fun of us and decide to tell us the plane was estimated to arrive at 17:00, they gave us a “free” snack.
I missed the reception of the Conference (18:00) as I arrive Central Station at 20:30 or so.
After the first call (of many) from a “foreign country” (I still don’t get what is the European Union for, maybe it wasn’t enough with one central bank per country, they needed one more to rule them all) to Tristan Winters (Bitcoin Association of Australia) we catched up in a bar, surprisingly there was an Apple Store in front of it and I didn’t entered, looks like I’m ready to switch to Android. After a pair more calls I finally was able to spell correctly Leidsesplein (I tried with English, Spanish, French and finally got it clear enough with German!) and met with Thomas Voegtlin (Electrum) for dinner.
I don’t know how, but I got in time for the possibly last bus to the place I rented on 9flats, even though it was 00:30 later in the night, the owner showed me the place and gave me the keys of a bike that she lent me for me to use the day after (so cool!). That’s how I was converted into a Dutch in no time.