My first podcast goes with Women In WP!

It’ s been a while, but sometimes it is difficult to find spare time to write down what I want to share.

This time I wanted to talk to you about Women In WP.

Ooh yes! You are going to tell me that I do this often but…! it’s not exactly the same thing. There are women in WordPress Community and in the tech sector who are amazing and I totally respect and look up to them. However, this post is not exactly a tribute to these ladies. I wanna share with you my experience in a podcast with a fun triplette!

I am talking about Amy Masson, Tracy Apps and Angela Bowman.

How it started

This all started when Vassilis Baimas, a good friend and co-organiser of WordCamp Athens and WordCamp Thessaloniki spotted their first podcast. He started watching them and got enthusiastic. He took also the decision to suggest me to the girls for a podcast about women in the WordPress and tech community in Greece. Before Vassilis told me about it, I applied to be on the podcast, finding the twitter page where WomenInWp share their news.

While discussing it over slack with Vassilis, we realised that we both had the same thought at almost the same moment. Actually hitting the button almost at the same time…

Laughing hard was the only option. We never get stunned with one another. After 4 years of working together it’s like our minds are connected.

There comes fear…

A while after I applied and Vassilis suggested me, the girls contacted me in order to arrange the podcast. I got kinda scared of what I am going to talk about, since I am not a developer or a designer. Maybe the things I have to say are not that important. Who’s gonna care about what I have to say? There are people with more knowledge than mine, different skills or professionals with bigger experience and expertise. These are thoughts that did not come up when I applied. I wanted to communicate how I felt, as a woman and blogger among people in my community, respected and cherished. I wanted to share that it never felt different being a girl in the tech sector, attending meetups of developers or WordPress meetups and WordCamps.

Boom! Second thoughts! Fear, doubts and anxiety, but it all disappeared when I turned on my camera and saw their faces at Zoom.

The podcast

The girls were very welcoming and smiley. Just their nice voices and their attitude reminded me of what exactly I wanted to share and the reason I first pressed the button of applying to be with them.

My glasses were a bit flashy, but there we were. Behind our screens, a greek girl and another three from the other side of the globe! It is strange to be on a podcast with people you have never met before and you know little about since there is not such a personal contact as with your friends.

Amy, Tracy and Angela want to give voice to the women around the world. Women of the WordPress global community, who are active and enjoy sharing their knowledge, experience and passion. Either you are a developer, or a designer, or a blogger, a marketing editor or a content strategist, the girls want to let your voice to be heard all over the world. Girl power? Ooh yes!

Being born, located and working in a small country like Greece, suffering also by the economic crisis and the huge migration outflow, but with tech communites and agencies rising, it was nice to be able to share what’s going on with the WordPress Greek Community.

It was like a chat among friends, but including high quality equipment. Plus, me saying things that seem wise as advice but should be reality and not a topic for discussion.

You need to ask, to come forward, to contribute. You can come to an event. Ask a question. No question is stupid. Everybody’s welcome. If you don’t ask you will never learn.

It’s been an honor being on the Women In WP 6th podcast and I am thankful for the fact that I met them. It is true that internet and technology give us the opportunity to communicate our experience, our journey, our thoughts with people sharing the same passion no matter where they are located. I had a great time with the girls. They made it feel so natural, as if we were sitting around the same table drinking our coffee. Our smiles can prove it for sure.

The girls kept a quote from our podcast and I think they are totally right…

Be proud of what you can do. Don’t apologize for what you cannot do, or you don’t want to do. If you really want to do something you will learn how to do it and you will do it successfully.

Find your tribe, meet people and cooperate. Don’t be afraid.

Find out more about Women In WP

You can see all upcoming shows here and if you want to share your experience and thoughts by participating in a podcast with the girls. You can be on the show or suggest someone that you believe would have a lot to offer by talking. Just fill in the form and they will contact you back.

The girls do an amazing job providing except for the audio podcast, also a video and transcript. You can find mine here, since we had been also talking about accessibility and the deaf WordPress Greek Community members and attendees of the community’s events.

It is kinda expensive sports to be able to put all this effort, equipment etc, so if you want you can sponsor the ladies and their amazing job by contacting them and help them invest more in hearing louder the female voice in WordPress world.

First time @WordPress meetup

You are interested in WordPress and you either have a blog, or you want to create a website. Maybe you are a web developer, a blogger, a web designer, a photographer. Or even someone with a shop and you wish to have an online presence for your products or an e-shop.

You search around in order to meet people and expand your network in the WordPress world. Trying to find information on how to advance your skills and knowledge on the topic, you experiment and study tutorials.

This is the right time to attend a meetup.
This is the purpose of WordPress Community and its’ events

Do your search at meetup.com for an event around you. Don’t feel alone, don’t feel like you do not fit. A meetup is not only for developers. If you are a woman, don’t worry if there will be mostly men attending the meetup, as this is common mistake. Everyone is highly welcomed at a local WordPress meetup, as well as at bigger events like WordCamps. People attending a WordPress meetup do not care about your sex, physical appearance, level of knowledge and skillset. WordPressers of the world do not mind if you are not a professional.

Introduce yourself at the meetup organisers and explain how or why you wanted to attend the meetup. Ask if you have a question after a speaker presentation has ended. There is not any stupid question. After all we all started from somewhere. Noone was born with all knowledge stored in their minds. Blend in with people, ask them if you have any questions. WordPress Community loves sharing, stories, success, failures, knowledge, information, feedback. Try networking. You have the chance to find a suitable person to assist you or to work with.

The desire to know how you can contribute and get involved is active.

If you want to contribute and get involved but you do not know how to do it… In case you have ideas you would like to share or to implement in order to assist in organising a meetup, speaking or sponsoring, let the organisers know. They will definitely inform you and take under consideration any suggestion you make.

Come forward. No fear. A meetup is a friends’ gathering where you can also gain something new in the WordPress world.

My first time

I first met WordPress GreekCommunity at the start of an autumn, back in 2015 (In Greece it seemed still summertime). After returning to my hometown a few months earlier, I had a job, but my contract was about to end. At that point, I saw a facebook post saying that “If you are interested in WordPress, we are going to have a cup of coffee at a coffee shop nearby.”. I have studied Computer Science and Communications, so I thought, this is around my interests and maybe I should try it. Learn more about it. If I don’t like it, I can always leave it behind.

I didn’t know anyone and I had second thoughts, before I left home and even when I arrived. After messaging them, I found the spot they were seated and I was suddenly at a table with 10 completely strangers. All of them men. Evangelos Athanasiadis, who organised the gathering, as well as everyone else, made me feel welcome. We introduced ourselves and explained why we were there. Evangelos shared his dream of an official meetup and there it was born, Larissa WordPress Meetup. Realising this was interesting and fun, I decided to let it open a new window in my professional and also personal life.

WordPress Coffee Time 24/9/15 – First Gathering for Larissa WordPress Meetup

Four years after that day, I am thankful for all the things I have learned, working with Evangelos for our hometown meetup and volunteering as an organiser at WordCamp Athens and Thessaloniki. Watching talks, taking part at workshops, asking questions or sharing my knowledge. Mostly though, I am thankful of the amazing friends I made during this journey. WordPress Greek Community is like a big greek hug. And everyone fits in… (Plus we usually share some pizzas in the end!)

These people are indeed my family!

#WCThess2018 – my PoV

I am always late, but I can confirm this is an asset and not a disadvantage. It’s been a long while since December 2018, however I realise that memories come up whenever they wish…

Team of students that without any prior knowledge of WordPress, created their website for the initiative they manage

We met amazing people, discussed interesting topics, got inspiration and let teams and individuals set an example. Sponsors, attendees and speakers had the opportunity of networking and discussing and enjoyed a trip on the Internet and WordPress world.

And how do you react when a few days before the event you realise one of your speakers cannot attend due to late visa appointment?

Let’s have a Gutenberg panel conversation!

That’s the spirit of WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018! Felow WordPressers of the world, become always close friends.

You will find all photos of the event at the WordPress Greek Community’s flickr account in order to get a glimpse of the unique times of the first WordCamp Thessaloniki.

And all presentations of the event can be found in .pdf form at the WordPress Greek Community’s Speakerdeck account, in order to have notes of the things you heard or of the things you did not have the chance to listen to.

At the same time, you will find the videos of the presentations on WordPressTV and even more at the official YouTube account of WordPress Greek Community.

Infographic recap of all you need to know!
History

WordPress in the era of economic crisis in Greece, rises up with new companies, freelancers etc. choosing it to become their work tool. WordPress Greek Community writes its own history getting bigger and stronger.

Since 2007, we are making steps of progress. We are always in need of new people, adding value to the organising teams. It has been a great pleasure in Thessaloniki, that new local meetup ideas were born. And guess what… they started taking steps to getting established.

Then, we realised that the community can support two WordCamps per year. The decision for hosting a WordCamp Athens in spring and WordCamp Thessaloniki in winter is a fact. So we ask for your help.

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 was a blast and you can enjoy the video Nikolaos Magkoutas prepared with beautiful moments of the event

WordCamp Athens 2019 takes place at Athens Concert Hall in 17-18 May 2019 and tickets are still available, while WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 is in early planning stages.

Come forward, volunteer, contribute.

Support WordPress and the WordPress Community.

 

Translation @WordPress Greek Community

Translation has always been the easiest way to contribute in WordPress. Since the only prerequisite is to speak 2 languages. English and your native language.

WordPress is being translated in 148 languages so far and Greek is among them.

In Greece people enjoy learning other languages, even if that sounds bit of a stereotype.

When I first met Evangelos Athanasiadis, mostly known among the WordPress Community as @dyrer and the WordPress Greek Community, I learned about every way that I could contribute, not being a developer. So many ways and so many things to choose according to your skills, capabilities and of course your free will.

But how exactly you can contribute by translating and does anyone check and confirm you did indeed provide a correct translation?

I needed to find out more about procedures. (It is kinda known that I enjoy procedures and diagrams. I like it when I have some certain steps to follow. It makes my life easier.)

So where do I start from?

Evangelos was the right person to ask, as he is the head of translation in WordPress Greek Community. (You can find also information on WordPress.org, but I don’t enjoy that much reading handbooks. I prefer chatting with people.)

The team that approves and validates your translated strings consists by the GTEs (General Translation Editors). For Greece, these are Evangelos Athanasiadis, Iakovos Frountas (@ifrountas), Kostas Vrouvas (@kosvrouvas) and Konstantinos Xenos (@xkon). You can always find them in order to ask for assistance.

There is a glossary of words common, already used and agreed as the best translation which can be used. You select the project, plugin etc. in which you are interested in translating and… there you go! Find more information in general at the handbook for Translation available here.

And guess what?! There are translation days! Next one is Global WordPress Translation Day 4 this Saturday, May 11, 2019!

Greece is participating with local events at Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki! Come on and we can do it together!

P.S. Don’t forget to check also Evangelos Athanasiadis presentation at WGTD4 regarding the 10 reasons why to translate in the Greek language at 18:00 UTC.

Organising the first WordCamp Thessaloniki

You may have met the WordPress Greek Community wandering in a WordCamp, a meetup or anywhere else, laughing, volunteering, having fun, making new friends and family.

Have you seen the Greekz organising a WordCamp?

The decision

In 2018, after two successful WordCamp Athens in 2016 and 2017, that have been our very first attempts in organising bigger scale events, the organising team of the WordPress Greek Community, in charge of organising also the local meetups, decided to make a turn.

Since Thessaloniki is a city with a very active local meetup and an amazing community, the team (with not too much thinking) decided the local community deserved to host a WordCamp. At first we were examining the possibility of organising one WordCamp per year, one year in Athens, one year in Thessaloniki, later… one year in Larissa, covering all the local communities with active local meetups.

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 was born!

Organising

Organising a WordCamp starts usually a long time before the date it is held. Having organised already two WordCamps in Athens we thought, maybe this time the job would be much easier and automated, however this was not the case.

Realising that different city means searching all over for everything from scratch, starting from the branding of a new local WordCamp, the venues, and moving to sponsors, speakers etc., the journey started.

During the whole preparation we always try to keep every decision open to our community as well as all the steps we take and the ideas that we come up with for everything. Of course we are always ready to implement new ideas provided by the rest of the community.

There are always tools in order to work. Slack for our everyday communications, Teamspeak for our online meetings, as well as Trello, in order to check all our tasks and Google drive for the storage of our data. Workload and distribution of the tasks among a team makes them absolutely necessary. Behind the screens of our PCs, at the end of a phone line communicating all day long, we could make the dream come true.

Team

Every year, the team may have some new additions, replacing people that need to go, due to the lack of free time. This year the organising team felt like… Snowhite (me) and the 14 tall dwarves (yes this can also happen).

The most important thing is, that during the 3 years of our cooperation, team members feel not just like friends but also like family. That makes the cooperation always smooth and fun, even when we don’t all agree on a subject. Democracy, though, was born in Athens, so after voting – whether you like it or not – the outcome will be the final decision. We all respect that and support it working towards the pointed direction.

It is, definitely, not easy for a team to work always remotely. Thankfully local meetups are not very distant. This gives us the opportunity to gather, discuss, resolve issues, make decisions and have fun as well bonding even more.

preparations

It’s been a crazy 8 months.

It was a rollercoaster of emotions. From happiness, to anger, from sadness to feeling full by accomplishing goals. Sometimes frustration, when something couldn’t go as intended and you aim for perfection. Difficulties could rise. You felt tired. But in the end of day, there is a team standing next to you.

WordCamp organising, while at the same time we are also meetup organisers, requires hard work. This might mean working another 8 hours per day for a volunteer post that is, of course, not paid. However, when you get at the closing remarks, you realise that this worktime has been paid the best way possible. This is reality.

Closing remarks WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018

Organisers do have a life outside of the WordPress Community, but they choose to offer as volunteers their time (spare or not), skillset and hard work. During this WordCamp some of the organisers dealt with difficult times, but we made it happen as a family supporting each other. Plus, we also had a newborn baby, a wannaby WordPress girl.

And the craziest day arrived, setting the venue one day before WCThess2018. All last minute details need to be arranged within a few hours.

However, there is something that I couldn’t forget. The key for every event is always the people. It was not only the organising team who gave their best shot. We need to applause all volunteers and photographers. At the same moment everyone from sponsors to speakers and – of course – attendess add value to the event on their side.

Let there be WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018!

WCEU tickets selling crazy…

WordCamp Europe 2019 is not exactly around the corner, but the date is set and is coming to Berlin, for sure, on 20-22 of June 2019.

On the 1st of October 2018, the organizing team of WCEU 2019 decided to wish you all an amazing month, by releasing the first batch of 250 standard tickets at the price of 40,00 €.

What followed after the release of the first batch at 12:00 at noon, was unexpected and probably a record. Officially the first batch of standard tickets was sold out within 3 hours and 9 minutes!

Second batch of tickets has been released on the 3rd of October and has been sold out till the 4th of October came, while the third batch was released on the 8th of October and 100 tickets are what’s left of it!

Micro-sponsor tickets at the price of 150,00 € are still available, giving you the opportunity to support the event by giving back to the WordPress Community. Your donation will ensure an extra-special WCEU experience for you and all other attendees.

WordCamp Europe is an event introduced back in 2013, in Netherlands, as the first large scale WordCamp was held in Leiden that October. Since then it is an established event around our favorite platform – WordPress, that takes place in a different city of Europe every year.

An amazing trip so far, following the cities Sofia (2014), Seville (2015), Vienna (2016), Paris (2017), Belgrade (2018), till we get to our next destination, Berlin!

Berlin’s strong local WordPress Community is excited to be hosting the next WordCamp Europe and working hard to deliver an amazing event to all the attendees gathering from all around the world. This event, according to the leader of the local team Bernard Kau, is expected to welcome up to 3000 attendees.

The conference will be held at at the Estrel Hotel and Congress Center for all three days of the event, the Contributor Day (20 June), the two conference days (21-22 June) and the After Party, as well. The organizing team has already come to an agreement with the venue, providing the attendees of WCEU with a booking code, so that they can enjoy a discount on their stay at the hotel.

WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin cannot be missed and is expected to continue the epic series of WCEU evolving, till the next city picks up the baton!

The next batch of tickets will be released soon if you don’t make it till this one is sold out. Are you ready?

Stay tuned! Follow all official accounts of WCEU and subscribe to the newsletter, in order to be the first one to be informed!

Meet the Greek Wapuus

Greeks are always proud of their descentants and their history (as should every nation in this world be), as well as of the mythology, their heroes and philosophers.

When the time came to select the personalities of our Community’s wapuus, for the mascot of each city with an active official meetup, it was a both hard to make a final decision, but we decided to go with history and mythology as well.

Socrates from Athens

In Athens, the community selected the name Socrates and their wapuu was designed by Popi Papanastasiou based on the personality of Socrates, the ancient Greek classical philosopher, who lived in Athens from 470 BC to 399 BC. Socrates before becoming a philosopher was a craftsman as he worked as stonemason. Known not only for being wise but also brave, he participated in the Peloponnesian War and involved in politics. He claimed to know only about the art of love, while his most famous quote is

I know one thing; that I know nothing.

Achilles from Larissa

When the time for Larissa – my hometown – came to pick our wapuu, we realised that we had to try hard, once again to select someone to represent us. Searching among mythology and history in order to get inspired by a local figure, the name “Achilles” shined like a star in our minds and Alexandros Itsios gave life to our inspiration!

Achilles is one of the famous mythology heroes, son of the Thetis, who was an immortal Nereid and Pileas, the king of Myrmidons. As his mother wanted him to be immortal, she kept him over divine flames and the only week part of his body was the heel from where she was keeping him. Achilles known for his braveness in war, was the central character and greatest warrior of Homer’s Iliad, and killing prince Hector and revenging the death of his best friend Patroklos.

 

Alexander the Great from Thessaloniki

Last but not least, for now, community had to select a wapuu for Thessaloniki, since the first WordCamp is also coming this year. We knew from the beggining who would be our inspiration. There could be noone else but king Alexander the Great!

Nick Savvopoulos tried to give breath to our most loved Macedonian hero, as portrayed in every ancient greek coin, statue, painting or described in books, with his blonde curles crowning his face and the untamed look in his eyes. Alexander the Great was a student of the philosopher Aristotle, famous as a military commander, conquered the world by spreading the greek culture and before he died, he bequeathed his reign “to the best”. His best friend was a horse from Thessaly, Bucephalus, which he tamed when he was thirteen years old. This horse has been the sign of my city for centuries, since this breed has started here.

Why volunteer to WordPress community?

We often chat with people that see our posts in social media about WordPress, community, meetups and WordCamps. They want to know more about what WordPress is, what being part of a community means, if we get paid for what we do.

There we go…

For some unidentified reason, people nowadays do not understand the meaning and practicing of the word “volunteerism”. We probably live in a world where everything has a price counted in money. However this is not the case. As we can be paid with sentiments, smiles in people’s faces, acquaintance of knowledge, learning by experience. This is what we earn, getting wiser and full of tastes and feelings.

What does being member of a community mean…?

Hmmm… this should not be a tough question as we are social beings and we are not meant to be alone. Community to me means a variety of people sharing a common characteristic. In the case of WordPress global community, we all share the same passion for WordPress. It is a part of our daily life, since we either work using it (and that means also making ends meet) or we use it as a hobby like me when I am blogging.

You do not need to be a professional as you can see, in order to be part of the community. The will to contribute any way you are able to is enough and of course you always need to be respectful and cherish openness, stay away of discriminative acts or words and love people.

Why do we volunteer?

I can explain right now. We are offered a project – or I would say a tool, that makes our life easier while using it and this tool is free. It is free but you can sell the projects you make using it.
How can you keep this tool alive, not let it get old and useless when technology is growing every day?
And how you can keep alive the projects you have created using it (and your customers and yourself happy)?
The answer is by keeping alive the community that supports WordPress.

Keeping alive a community means contributing and volunteering. We are donating our time and energy in order for the benefit of other people in the community. However, at the same time we do benefit ourselves, by sharing knowledge, opinions, building strong bonds within the community with people that share the same interests, networking, having the opportunity of attending conferences in order to expand all the above and evolve not only as specialists in a work field but also as personalities.

WCEU 2018 volunteers by Ivan Gatic

Everyone in a WordPress community is a volunteer. Either you are an attendee of an event or you are organising meetups, either you are a speaker or a WordCamp organiser, either you are answering issues in a forum or submitting a new plugin, either you are helping in translation of WordPress or offering your services as volunteer in an event, either you deal with accessibility issues or contributing to the WordPress core, either you are attempting to grow this community bigger or you occupy yourself of marketing and content, either you are a photographer, a videographer, a designer, or you are teaching people how to use WordPress.

Everyone is needed. Everyone is welcomed.

Come and find your place in the WordPress community!
Get involved!

WordPress is all about the people!

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 is coming!

Amazed to announce what everyone has been waiting for long!

WordPress Greek Community wanted to show you that, Greece is not only Athens city, so this year we have selected our co-capital city to host the first WordCamp Thessaloniki, in Macedonia, northern Greece.

This is for our community the third Greek WordCamp, following also the example of other countries like Portugal (having one year a WordCamp Porto and the next one a WordCamp Lisbon).

Thessaloniki is called the most romantic city of Greece, located right next to the sea, with great history among the centuries. Feel free to visit the city a lot earlier and let us know so we can show you around.

Taste the food, feel the vibes, learn history, share culture, visit museums, archaelogical sites, have a little cruise at Thessaloniki beach, walkaround the White Tower, say hi to the statue of Alexander the Great at the beach, get to know people of Thessaloniki. It is said that Macedonians are the most hospitable people in Greece.

Save the dates : 15 & 16 of December 2018

Save the place: Thessaloniki Concert Hall & OK!Thess (for contributor day)

We are looking forward to meet you all to the next amazing greek WordCamp!
Note it down on your calendar, pick the best alarm, book your tickets, pack your bags and be on time!

Stay tuned for more news to WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 website and get ready to assist in any possible way, become a sponsor, come up with a speech or sign up as a volunteer. We need you all by our side!

Contributing @WordCamp Europe 2018

Staying at the same appartment with 5 men might have some difficulties, such as trying to wake up in the morning and get ready for Contributor Day of WordCamp Europe in Belgrade.

Having had an amazing time with friends all over the world for the past days, it was a bit tricky to get out of our beds. However, we checked for sure the schedule, we managed to be at the bus station on time and we really enjoyed the ride on a Serbian bus to Belexpo Centar.

At the registration desk, outside of Belexpo Centar, our good friend Aleksandar along with 4 more volunteers, since 08:30 in the morning, helped us and the rest of the contributors confirm our data and get our badges.

WCEU hanging from the ceiling @Belexpo Centar

In the first section of the venue, breakfast, coffee, fruit and juices were already set on tables to give us a boost for the day to come, and the waiters kindly serviced all of our needs, with the logo of WCEU hanging above our heads from the ceiling. At the same time, in the main room, round tables were set for all teams to contribute on WordPress. You could choose your spot at the table that better fitted what you had to offer to WordPress among Accessibility, BuddyPress, CLI, Coding standards, Community, Core, Core: Docs, Core: Editor (Gutenberg), Core: JavaScript, Core: Rest API, Core: Security, Design, Documentation, GDPR and privacy, Hosting, Marketing, Meta, Mobile, Polyglots, Support, Themes, Tide, Training and WordPress TV.

Everyone can contribute to WordPress, as you do not need to be an expert or a professional user. You are always welcome and your assistance is highly appreciated! Never forget that, as we always need someone to give a hand in any sector…
I love community, as it is all about

Community Wapuu collector pin

Bringing people together!

After the opening remarks by Remkus, when we were also introduced to the team leads – one of them our greek community GDPR and privacy lead, Konstantinos Ksenos (also known as Xenooos!) – we found our spots and set up our notebooks, being organised by the team leads. However, unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, Wi-Fi was not accessible due to heavy load. But I think this was the best part… Since the lack of Wi-Fi connection – even if some of us attempted to provide as hotspot their data connections – people started blending, walking around the venue, talking to each other…

Is there any better way to contribute to WordPress than networking and making bonds between communities and people?

It was a blast, seeing beloved friends that haven’t been around for some time, as our Mauricio, hanging out with Rocio, our mentor for this year’s greek WordCamp and greeting Francesca our mentor for WordCamp Athens. And it was just the right time to make a lot of new friends…

Sarah Gooding interviewing contributors for WPtavern by Florian Ziegler

I met sweet Sara Gooding with her camera, trying to capture the spirit of the day for WPtavern, to share it all around the globe. Met Leo, a young man with amazing energy and positivity, that introduced me also to Jen and Bridget from Women Who WP meetup. They ladies shared with me the beautiful story of their meetup and all listened to my concerns, regarding hosting the deaf people of Greek Community, during WordCamps and meetups, and gave their best to assist us showing us a path along with Andrea, who had been amazingly helpful and very careful with our needs.

And guess what? Yes, we did have some Mykonos talk (as well as about mousaka, tzatziki and other specialties, cuase it is already summer in greek islands) with the WordPress contributors, so when they pick the dates for their trip I might be the tour leader!

At 12:30 we had a break for lunch, and believe, in Serbia they do know how to cook and eat tasty food, as well as how to make people feel welcomed!
I would say that, after the lunch we continued networking, but the thing is… we never really stopped.

Volunteer orientation

However, we should run to Sava Centar, as the volunteer orientation will start at and we didn’t have much free time… As we got to the venue, overwhelmed of the big day to come, the rain started falling again. Taco explained every inch of our responsibilities and gave us tons of inspiration with his sence of humour.

Greek volunteers paying attention, ready to work hard…

And the time came… to walk around the venue for a guided tour with Taco leading. Checked the tracks and the registration desks, as well as the workshops and the volunteers HQ, so that we knew exactly where we had to be next morning. First time volunteering might be a little scary but the organising team made it look like a game.

No time for us to go back to our appartment and get ready for the volunteer social, so we headed at Top of the Hub Restaurant & Lounge for the dinner with sponsors, organizers and other volunteers. And guess what… We got the wrong bus… And then another one driving like “Speed” in the roads of Belgrade. Finally there, watching the astonishing view, tasting amazing food, offered some rakijas by our waiter, meeting great people.

And let’s go back home, cause tomorrow and the first day of main event of WordCamp Europe 2018, will come earlier than expected!