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German Culture

Sometimes I wonder if I was German in a previous life. I certainly spend a lot of time there, and I always enjoy myself. Seriously, any country that firmly believes that beer and business mix is my kind of place.

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be in Germany for an Eclipse Stammtisch. Stammtisch is a great tradition in Germany where a group of people with a common interest regularly get together at a pub to chat over beers. (Of course, this happens in Canada as well, we’ve just never gone so far as to invent a word for it.) As I understand it, the tradition continues even today with local politics. The locals will get together with the town mayor and councillors to hash out the issues.

Ralph Mueller has been organizing a regular Stammtisch in and around Zwingenberg where he lives, and set one up for when I was there. It was a great opportunity to see some old acquaintances and make some new ones. There was also a very nice mix of committers, plug-in developers and supporters.

A lot of the conversation focused on the upcoming Eclipse Summit Europe, and how to best organize it. We had a lot of great ideas and even better, people volunteering to help. That’s probably my next trip to Germany, so I hope to see everyone there in October.

So to Sebastien, Alexander, Michael, Alexi, Hendrik and others: Prost!

Written by Mike Milinkovich

July 17, 2006 at 1:38 pm

Posted in Foundation

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  1. Oh yes. I miss my weekly Stammtisch a lot since I’ve been in Toronto. But I started something similar with the guys here. 🙂


    July 17, 2006 at 7:45 pm

  2. Canadians have a history of absorbing the great parts of the cultures we’re comprised of … maybe we need to start a Stammtisch in Ottawa. :)I was just at a launch party for Shopify last Friday — and it was beer, a software release party and even some politics. Coincidence that some of the Shopify team members are German?

    Ryan Lowe

    July 17, 2006 at 8:39 pm

  3. Ryan — I would be interested in starting a Stammtisch here in Ottawa. Let me think about some dates and places.

    Mike Milinkovich

    July 18, 2006 at 1:04 pm

  4. Sweet, Mike. I look forward to it. 🙂

    Ryan Lowe

    July 19, 2006 at 12:12 am

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