On Sunday I invited some of the local Italian perlmongers for lunch. mirod, who moved to Lucca last year came with his wife ( http://mytuscanwedding.com/ ) and very sweet 4-yr old; dakkar - one of the main IPW organizers, and ludan - a comp.sci. student at Pisa uni, about to transfer to Delft for his tesi.
I didn't get to inflict my spaghetti sk1llz on my victims, um, guests as I'd wildly misunderestimated the amount of tasty French duck that mirod had brought, which we ate fried with potatoes. Yum!
We chatted pleasantly about Perl, life, TV, food and other stuff in Italy, France, US and UK.
(I don't think this is a very good writeup, partly 'coz I'm tired, and partly because I don't like writing about real stuff about real people - note the "nicks only policy"... I may update this later, in the mean time, and in flagrant violation of privacy, I post some photos for those who might be interested http://greenokapi.net/perl/20Nov/ ).