OSCON Amsterdam and GitLab Summit 2015

Last week I flew internationally for the first time to join GitLab for their summit and OSCON in Amsterdam.

The first day I got to meet a lot of the GitLab team, and core team. We went on a walking tour of the city, and it was awesome.

I really love historic things, and seeing these old buildings and hearing a little of the history behind Amsterdam really blew my mind. All that with the fact that some of the sights are just plain beautiful.

Going through the city we got a great look at the canals that some people might know Amsterdam for.

We also went through the red light district, where this is smack right in the middle.

I really should have gotten more pictures while I was in Amsterdam, and I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get more. Was very distracted with looking at everything there was to see. The old houses lined up. The quirky sizes to avoid taxes. The palace and other churches. There was just so much to see.

The central area is all really nice and clean, and the people are pretty great as long as they aren’t on a bike. If you visit, the cyclists are out to kill you. Don’t let anyone else tell you different.

The next couple of days most of us attended OSCON. I spent those two days getting to know a few members of the core team (mostly) not employed by GitLab.

Compared to OSCON Portland this year, this event didn’t feel even half as big, but the conference itself wasn’t bad. I enjoyed a few of the talks, and mostly enjoyed just socializing with the rest of the crew.

It’s cool to have seen the growth of GitLab in person. With around 40+ people present, they’ve put a pretty nice team together. Stan said it best:

“the GitLab Summit felt like a mini-United Nations conference: 40+ representatives from all around the world, united in purpose.”

I ended the week having the opportunity to meet my friend Martijn and have lunch with him in Vondelpark, which was described to me as Amsterdam’s “Central Park”.

I hope to see them all again in the future, and I definitely hope to be doing more international travel in the near future.