Russia, Thursday evening

Yesterday was pretty cool. There was a press conference that I attended, where several folks fielded questions from the Russian media about why Open Source is a good idea. The questions were really good, and the answers very coherent. I’m coming to really understand that Open Source makes even more sense in non-US places than it does in the USA, for all the reasons that have nothing to do with monetary cost.

At the end of the day, several of us went off in search of dinner. We went down Arbat, and came to a Georgian place. Fortunately, Henri was with us, since none of the rest of us were able to communicate beyond the level of grunts. Even more importantly, he knew what to order. It was fantastic. I wish I could remember what everything was called.

By the time we came back, it was somewhere around midnight. 4 of us went to a cafe to chat some more. It was after 1 by the time I got to bed, but I was still up at 6.

I still can’t get used to the idea that I’m in Russia. Walking down Arbat last night was just great. I hope to get to the Kremlin and St. Basil’s this evening, but I understand they are all closed off in preparation for Victory Day, as well as for the visit of Mr. Bush.

Time to go attend the opening talks.