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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles- The Spanish JUG Tour

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: The Spanish JUG Tour

May 17, 2018 | 7 MIN READ

duke spanish flag Earlier this month I set out with our European Sales Director, Mario Iotti, to visit eight Java User Groups (JUGs) in Spain. As a developer advocate, visiting JUGs has always been a favorite part of my job. It combines several of my passions into one activity: meeting dedicated Java developers, sharing my knowledge of Java, presenting, traveling and having the opportunity to experience great local food. My Spanish trip had all these things in abundance.

Here’s our itinerary as a map. Green is planes, maroon is trains and blue is automobiles (so I can fit with the title of the post).

Day 4 and 5 was the weekend when we didn’t have any JUG events. I think this was a good idea; I used my time wisely and went to the very cool Science Museum in Valencia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid (equally cool but for art rather than science).

I also got to eat Cochinillo, which was delicious.

Here’s a photo from each of the events:

Barcelona

 

Castillon

 

Valencia

 

Málaga

 

Sevilla

 

Madrid

 

Vigo

 

A Coruña

Rather than talk about each event specifically I included a picture and will share my general thoughts across the JUGs.

For me, this was without a doubt a fantastic trip. The energy of all the JUG leaders and members I met was just incredible. Based on the success of this we are already planning to repeat this in other countries. Our current ideas are Italy and Germany (which will probably extend to include Austria and Switzerland), where there are many JUGs spread within an easy traveling distance of each other.

I look forward to even more Java community-related activities.

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Topics: Java, JDK, JUGs

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