MySQL was prominently present at both Sun events, the one in Kiev on 26.11.2008 and the one in Moscow last Tuesday 2.12.2008. It was good to discuss with local Sun guys, and to meet MySQL community people and colleagues in both places.
The two first pictures in this post are from the community event at a university of economy in Moscow.
Like elsewhere, I started in the local language (which, perhaps surprisingly, frequently seems to be Russian also in Ukraine), followed by a "MySQL in the Web Economy" presentation in English.
Russia and Ukraine are interesting places, so I blogged quite a bit about the event. But I don't want to spam Planet MySQL with travel tips and reports of Russian saunas, Russian taxis and Russian food. So here's a short overview of the other blogs I wrote.
- A report about the comfortable overnight (18:23-08:25) train journey from Helsinki to Moscow, on the Lev Tolstoy.
- A How-to study on using local metro (subway) to get from Leningradskiy station to Holiday Inn at Lesnaya.
- An account of a Russian banya (sauna), involving steam, birch and oak twigs, kvass, tea, and a special treatment called parit. Including a note about the Italian-Japanese anime Calimero.
- Some tips on taking a black taxi to get from A to B in Moscow.
- A few ideas on how to learn Russian by simultaneously reading Fandorin in German and in Russian
- The same banya (sauna) story, but from a German, rather than Scandinavian, perspective
- Out of Ukraine: On sequential interpretation, non-smoking and the concept of Ã¢â‚¬Å“EuropeÃ¢â‚¬Â as interpreted in Ukraine and Finland
- A comparative study in dress code at airports, with Istanbul, Ankara and Kiev as examples
- A nostalgic note to fellow Moscow traveller Zack Urlocker called Moo-moo: Russian fast food
- A self-centered description of food I like, introducing the concept of "kajsher" in Russia serves kajsher food at Elki Palki
- An attempt to describe my Helsinki-Moscow train ride in Russian
Let me conclude by sharing some of the pictures found in the detail blog postings, in miniature format: