Earlier this year, in the beginning of October, I spoke at Lambda World 2016. The conference took place in the lovely town of Cádiz, in southern Spain. Although two months late with this post, I wanted to share some of my experiences and photos.

This is my first post sharing photos, and as you might notice, I like to take a fuzzy, dark, strange, and abstract photos. The ones in this post are not that strange, though. It feels somewhat uncomfortable showing this stuff, and to not only write about programming, but I have decided to give it a sincere try.

Flight from Madrid to Cádiz.
Flight from Madrid to Cádiz.

After a stop at the Madrid airport, consuming some much needed Paella and a glass of Rioja, a small aircraft took me to Cádiz. I was very well taken care of by the friendly organizers of Lambda World, and arrived at the hotel, where a pleasant surprise awaited me.

The arrival gift for speakers, a box of local chocolate.
The arrival gift for speakers, a box of local chocolate.

I spent the first to days in the city just walking around. I love doing that. Jorge, one of the organizers, recommended the tapas bar La Candela. And so I went, naively thinking I could get a table when showing up. It was crammed, fully booked for days, but I managed to get a seat in the bar. The food was fantastic, and the wine was even better.

At "La Candela", the best tapas bar, so far.
At "La Candela", the best tapas bar, so far.

Eventually it was time for the conference, and I had a blast! Again, the crew at 47 Degrees did a great job organizing, and the talks I attended were very good. It was quite a narrow FP conference, but hey, that does not hurt. Edwin Brady gave a talk on Type-driven Development of Communicating Systems, Raichoo went in-depth with lazyness in GHC, and the closing keynote by Philip Wadler on Category Theory for the Working Hacker left most jaws fully dropped.

I met a lot of interesting people, both speakers and atteendees, all of whom I hope to come across again. To summarize, Lambda World was a great functional programming conference, I hope to be able attend again, and I can recommend it to anyone interested in functional programming, be it in Scala, Haskell, Javascript, or something else.