WordPress Experts in Europe
On Wednesday evening, Penny and I represented “Outerbridge – WordPress Experts” in Europe at the WordPress Meetup in Cádiz in southern Spain. We contacted Paco Marchante, one of the organisers of the Meetup beforehand, and established that although the meeting would be conducted in Spanish, we would be most welcome to attend.
So, fortified with a glass of wine for Dutch courage we rocked up to El Pelícano MúsiCafe at the appointed hour.
Thanks to Paco, Joaquim, Victor, et al., we were indeed made very welcome. There were over 30 attendees, some of whom were also WordPress developers and experts, and there were WP designers, photographers, blog users, shop owners, and some people who were just interested in finding out more about WordPress.
The evening’s topic for discussion was “WordPress, la comunidad: “, i.e. “WordPress, the community: “. There hadn’t been a Meetup in Cádiz for just over a year, so the new organisers wanted to kickstart a new series of meetings.
The discussion covered the ground rules for the evening, “What is WordPress?”, the GPL, and what to cover at future meetings. But before that there was a chance for everyone to introduce themselves and to say why they were at the meeting…
Being introverts, neither of us particularly enjoys public speaking, but we both entered into the introductions part of the meeting with gusto. Penny made the sensible choice and introduced herself brilliantly and clearly in English.
I, however, had planned for the contingency of an introduction and had prepared a few words in Spanish. I studied Spanish at school. Since my B grade at ‘O’ level back in the Eighties, I have added regular practice at Duolingo over the past couple of years – but my Spanish isn’t brilliant. Here’s what I said:
Me llamo Mike y esta es Penny. Estamos muy felices de estar aquí hoy. Disculpas por mi mal español per no queríamos perdernos una reunión de WordPress.
Vivimos en el suroeste de Inglaterra, pero no quedamos en el Puerto de Santa María durante el mes de noviembre.
Somos desarrolladores de WordPress. Solo usamos WordPress. Tenemos nuestra propia empresa desde dos mil diez. Apoyamos a varias empresas que tienen sitios web we WordPress. Por ejemplo, desarrollamos los sitios web y los plugins para WordPress, capacitamos al cliente y prestamos SEO.
Penny has a real ear for languages and as a good beginner myself, we found that when faced with the complexities of Andalusian Spanish, we did get the gist of most of what was being said, until… the point in the evening when many of the participants got very excited about the future topics for discussion and decided to speak even more rapidly than normal and, worse still for us, all at the same time! It was quite a difference from how British meetings tend to work. We thoroughly enjoyed trying to understand and watching the somewhat theatrical discourse.
Thank you WordPress Meetup Cádiz for making Outerbridge, the WordPress Experts, trip into Europe, so enjoyable!