after the e.V. meeting yesterday about a dozen or so of us went for dinner at a nice Italian restaurant. we sat out on the platz and ate in the beautiful evening air. i split a bottle of chardonnay with Lars Knoll of Trolltech and then went to a wine fest that's (conveniently) right around the corner from the Filakademie where the conference is being held.
Matthias Ettrich led the way with Eva, Dirk and myself in tow. i managed to order wine for us using a new one of my halting, imperfect German phrases. there was a band playing Western music, mostly rock from the 60s and 70s. i started dancing and the rain started. perhaps it was a sign. ;-) in any case, my KDE cohorts started leaving the winefest leaving just Matthias and myself, but eventually even he left. so, i did what came naturally and started making friends with those around me. ended up having a great evening of wine, dance and language-challenged conversation with a rather nice kindergarten teacher named Jenny who lives here in Ludwigsburg. if things work out, we may go see the castle later in the week.
i've been taking pictures, but i'll have to upload them later. and no, my presentation slides for Tuesday still aren't done.