If you trust all the travel warning, advisories (and extra Oracle approvals) that we received before going to El Salvador then you could think that just making it back out of the country alive was a huge success by itself. We were careful to not walk around alone outside too much but other than that always felt taken care of very well and very secure. The rather long drive from the airport allowed a brief glimpse into this beautiful place with endless green rain forests climbing up and down black volcanos under a clear blue sky. Heli and I went for a quick swim in the hotel pool and some local food before calling it an early night.
The event took place in a private club with a pool, they had four tracks with a mix of local and international speakers but no translators. I sat in Deiby’s session on undo management and how to avoid ORA-01555 errors. It was in spanish but was able to follow most of the talk anyway. Yay for my spanish. And yay for Deiby’s easy explanations. I delivered three talks myself that day and was very happy with how they went. Since there were no translators available and the audience was not 100% confident in english I made sure to explain things as simple and slow and with as little words as possible. Made me realize about how many things I usually say are just fillers around the core of the content. I also attended Alex session on Orion which I had previously omissed because I would rather use SLOB for IO benchmarks. But among other things I was reminded that orion has a very easy way of running a whole series of tests and plotting them is also easy as the output are easy csv files.