Wow, finally I've found some time after returning from my trip to Chicago.
The main reason to flight there was obviously PyCon, and being there was just great: Lots of clever and friendly people talking about fun and interesting topics revolving around the Python programming language. Even with my not-so-good spoken English skills I was able to have very interesting conversations with very smart people hanging around there. Oh, and my Django on Jython talk went well too! (the video concatenates the Pylons-on-Jython and Django-on-Jython talks. Anyway, both are interesting and quite related!).
Another big thing for me on PyCon was our announcement of the “Definitive Guide to Jython” an upcoming book which is a collaborative of Josh Junneau, Jim Baker, Victor Ng, Frank Wierzbicki and me. The contents will be licensed under a CC license and thus will be available online. One of the main concerns of the team was to be able to have such free licensing and seriously, Apress is such a wonderful publisher for allowing it without any problem. Obviously, if you want the full book experience, you may want to buy the book from Apress when it comes out to print (later this year according to the schedule).
After PyCon, I stayed almost a complete extra week on Chicago, and it was a very good idea. It's a very nice city (I didn't thought it was going to be so nice being so big) full of many places worth to visit. I had a lot of memorable experiences there. I don't have enough time to describe all there here, so here is a quick list of keywords as my poor summary: snow, elevated train, lots of good museums, long walks on downtown, fire alarms(!), jazz, soul, funk, pizza, parties, skyscrapers, zoo, architecture...
More importantly: I also met great people there. Here is a big virtual hug for Sarah, Martin, Freddy, Bozidar, Coleen, Natalia, Patricio, Gina, Jessica, Amber and Martin S. -- they are all very nice people with whom I shared many fun moments on Chicago, and two weeks ago I didn't even knew that they existed! This is the best aspect about traveling, in my humble opinion.
Now is time to go back to my normal activities and try to catch with work and the university as soon as possible. But there are a kind of experiences which mark you in one way or another. This trip was one of them!