One of the gratifying things about attending FISL here in Brazil has been the diversity and richness of the event (I only wish I spoke Portuguese
better than counting to ten, ordering coffee and avoiding being too impolite). My hosts have been monumentally accommodating and everyone I have
met has been friendly and positive. The sessions too have been rich and diverse. There has been the usual geek-speak and outbreaks of partisanship
bordering on the religious, but you get plenty of that at JavaOne as well! But there has also been philosophy, literature, history and, most
importantly, music - the event even ended with a mass samba to the Brazilian national anthem.
June 7, 2004