A couple weeks ago I traveled to Spain to speak about SEOmoz tools at Congreso SEO Profesional, put on by Miguel Lopez. Not only did I get to spend time meeting some geeky Spanish counterparts, but I was able to spend some much needed girlfriend time with one of my oldest and best friends, Fabiola. With all that has been going on in my life, it may have seemed like a crazy time to go, but it was a huge win-win on both a personal and professional level.
During the week I was traveling and conferencing, I learned a few things about Spain, SEOs and Spaniards in general.
I have been to Spain before so I knew how difficult it would be to eat (mostly) vegetarian. In fact, I really only had one meat-free meal the entire time I was there (possibly excluding breakfast). I had decided to eat no red meat and less white/lean meats for health reasons, but luckily I still like the taste of it. If I didn’t I would have missed out on the wonderful ham, duck, pork loin, beef, salmon, ham, anchovies (eek I could only eat a little) and did I mention ham? It really was all quite fabulous and I’m glad I didn’t skip any of it… but vegetarians beware!
It started at the speaker’s dinner when I noticed everyone talking about “freakies”. I didn’t want to sound stupid so I didn’t ask right away what it meant. After a couple days I finally figured out and verified that calling someone a “freaky” is like calling them a “geek”. WHEW! That I can handle. But the first time Miguel called me a freaky I’m sure I gave him a funny look. :) Speaking of freakies… it was nice to know that SEOs in Spain are just as geeky as SEOs anywhere else.
As I mentioned, I’ve been to Spain before but I hadn’t really seen any modern buildings. Obviously in Madrid there are many but what we saw in Valencia just blew me away. Everything from old cathedrals to the gorgeous L’Oceanografic, left me wishing desperately that Rudy was there to take photos as mine obviously don’t do it justice.
Spending time with a girlfriend makes everything seem ok. I had a few rough days when I wasn’t feeling very well, but being with Fabiola made it all ok. We’ve known each other for years (we met while we were in college in Guadalajara, Mexico) and we don’t talk all that often. But when you’re with a best friend, it doesn’t matter when you spoke last, it’s all about today. Thank you Faby!
I had an amazing time at the conference and spending time with Fabiola, but in the end the best part of the trip was coming home to my sweeties.