The Living Dead have returned from VMworld Barcelona

Hola! Time for a small VMworld recap. And what did we get this time?
A nice city—Check!
A conference —Check!
A community – Check!
A great team – Check!
A sh*t load of information – Check!

We are getting big, better and biggest with close to 12000 attendees and 90 nationalities. And, the 10th VMworld Europe anniversary. Since 2012 visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona. Barcelona in November. Not so hot, but still in a familiar place.

Again this was kind of an experience. And that Fira Gran Via place. Yeah.. well…I have seen that thing for quite some years now. If there is a vote for some other location, I don’t mind a different venue. But enough for now! Let’s get the recap party started.

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Welcome to bloggers paradise… VMworld Europe Starts in 3..2..

VMworld Europe is on the Horizon (yes, pun intended). VMworld EMEA or VMworld Europe is around the corner with just a few hours in the way. As we are all arriving, just to clarify for the ones that are left behind, VMworld Europe is taking place from 5 until 8 November at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona (and use the right Fira). A great opportunity to meet your fellow VMware peers at a conference. Go on and find the great community at the Fira venue. And probably there will be meat as well. Or other tapas as VMworld Europe hits Barcelona again. Like to past few years. Barcelona is great, but IMHO >5 years Fira is enough. But enough with that.

This year I will be part of VMworld with a bloggers pass. I will try and keep up with some blogs around the course of VMworld. Same procedure as last time. Anyway, we again can enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of a VMworld. From within the city and beyond. Try and catch me at the bloggers’ space, in the community area, solution exchange or flying around. Just look for a VMworld bag walking around….or an ITQ branded polo, cap or jacket. I will not be hard to find. I have arrived this Sunday, and will be leaving on Thursday… so enough activities can be planned. Of course enough moments for meetings and talks. Hit me up at Twitter (@Pheldoorn), Instagram (@Paikke) or check the contact page of this blog if you want to get in touch at VMworld.

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VMworld Barcelona: day of the tentacle (or my first VMworld 2014 day)

My first VMworld day, or actually pre-day, was probably the same as a lot of the VMworld visitors, travelling inbound, finding my hotel, registration and vRockstar. Plus trying some little bit of a tourist mode. 

I had a afternoon flight from the Netherlands that arrived a 30 minutes behind on schedule (something to do with the weather above France). But on the plus side, this let me arrive in time for the shuttle and the venue to start up. As Sunday registration means no lines, I had my badge in no time. Good addition is the QR express check in. Next up get the T-10 metro card (check) from the information stand. I also wanted to pick up the VMworld backpack, but I was denied apparently because I am there on a bloggers pass. To bad, now I have to figure out a way to transport my stuff around as I innocently counted on the backpack.

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After that it was time to hop on the metro shuttle and get from the Fira station to the Plaça d’Espanya where my hotel should be. Fortunately it was there, just I little walk around the placa because the first time I take a metro exit, it is always the one on the opposite site that I need to be. But hey, with the Barcelona weather I don’t mind.

After some freshening up, after-travel drinks and some diner, I went walking around town. After a few miles wandering and looking around, I found myself at my last target of the day, the vRockstar party at the Hard Rock Cafe. That was a blast.

Monday will be a day for some further walking around the venue, Partner day and such. Maybe see you around?