DrupalCon Prague was one of the most fun filled and informative trips PhamilyDev has ever attended. An action packed week of learning, networking, language barriers, and getting lost in one of eastern Europe's most well preserved and historic cities. Phamily members Matthew and Cody attended the conference spending most of their nights at the Sheraton Hotel. The best part about staying at the Sheraton was Matthew's Gold member access to the SPG. Here there was always snacks and drinks available, so any munchies or thirst could be dealt with promptly 24/7 getting caught up on work.
The conference took place at the Prague Conference Center. This event seemed to focus primarily on the up and coming release of Drupal 8. There were many code sprints and BoFs all geared towards completing this new and exciting version of the software we all love! One thing that really stuck with Cody, PhamilyDev's site architect, was learning that all of the administration menus and screens will be built using the Views module now it will be a part of core. This really opens up the possibility for easily making custom and clean looking administrative screens and menus.
Simply put, there is too much to be said about the trip. So, let's review the adventure through pictures:
This was cow outside of the conference venue. Being from Chicago, Matthew and Cody were no stragers to having large cow sculptures around, but something about this one was very creepy.
Some of the sights and scenery in Prague are astounding. Beauty seemed to lurk around every corner.
Most of their daytime activity was spent in or around the conference. That said, on their last full day there, they got see some of the city's tourist attractions:
One of the highlights of any DrupalCon are the after parties. This year in Prague was no different. One of the best parties they attended was entitled: "THE MOST EPICEST POST-DRUPALCON PARTY EVER!" We're not sure if that is even English, but the party was off the hook.
All of those things were true, and so much more! The party was held at a place called "A Taste of Retro". The venue itself was something to marvel at(from an American point of view). Quite often you would hear the music of Michael Jackson playing, and the decor was a somewhat scary attempt to imitate a 1950's American diner. The owner was a very unique and accommodating man. He showered everyone at the party with all kinds of cheap(and often free) booze. At one point, he stood on the bar and threw a bottle in the air, only to accidentally hit his wife in the head with it. Our first night there, he tried driving his motorcycle in through the front door. Matthew and Cody were told he had tried the same stunt the week before, and had inadvertently blown out all of the windows on the front of his building. He was just very excited about his American Harley Davidson motorcycle. All that said, the event was incredible. This bar ended up being a regular spot for Matthew and Cody to get great food and cheap drinks. Here are a few clips of the Taste of Retro:
Another interesting place they encountered was "Metronome". They found it after walking up a VERY long set of stairs, but the climb was worth it. On top, there a large open and paved area where many skateboarders are showing off their newest tricks. Also, as the name implies, htere was a very large..... metronome. In addition to the skateboarders many people gathered on top of this hill to relax, drink a bottle of wine, and watch the sun set over the city. This place provided the most spectacular views. See for yourself:
Before Taste of Retro, Matthew and Cody enjoyed pizza at a place very close to the Sheraton. This is what had to be done to make sure they were able to get vegetarian food:
And finally, the most exciting nightlife they were able to find was at a place called Cross Club. The entire bar/restaurant was custom built or welded together by a group of artists. It was like a scene out of Mad Max. It was multiple levels, bars, stages, and beer gardens all custom made out of obscure pieces of metal and re-bar. It is almost impossible to describe it. While there, Matthew engaged in the unofficial national sport of foosball with some locals.