• People from Argentina don't like to shake hands when you first met them: it's too formal (sorry, Marga!)

  • Video team volunteering is extremely fun. Even directing is fun, except when the speaker decides to wander out of the talkroom just to make a point during a demo.

  • I won't call names, but I'm not the only one in Debian to remember how to dance the Time Warp and not ashamed to do it in public.

  • You can bribe a bloodthirsty deity with cheese, especially if the deity is a French one and you are in Switzerland.

  • A zip line is also called: tirolina (in Spanish), tyrolienne (in French) and - my all time favourite - Tarzanbahn in German, or at least in the German spoken by A. when he was a kid.

  • Given the number of talks about it this year, we - as a community - care a lot about newcomers, mentoring, creating a welcoming environment and community outreach in general. That's really great!

  • Self tagging yourself on the badge with your main interests provides conversation starters and make easier to meet new people. Many thanks to Bremner for this brilliant idea.

My self-tagged badge

  • Cheese&Wine party is the perfect time to discuss pedagogical methods (and discover interesting projects like Sugar (desktop environment)).

  • During a Mao game, an extremely simple rule by a newbie can result too difficult to guess even to seasoned players. Oh the irony and the inherent democracy of that! All hail the helicopter!

  • Once in a while, to cook dinner for upstream and/or sit with them around a table and plan your next moves is a good idea and as well as a common practice in Community-supported agriculture.

  • There are people out there brave enough to stand up and declame their poems or poems they love. As a shy person, I really am in awe of them. They make a sentence like "There will be poetry" sound less threatening.

  • If you sleep in room 43, next door is the answer. Or the previous one, depending on the direction you're walking.