This April, I travelled to Florence for the eighth PyCon Italia, to give my talk about Python, Unicode and Localisation. I ended up making friends at one of the most memorable conferences I've enjoyed so far.
In March 2017, I went to PyCon Slovakia, held in Bratislava at the Slovak University of Technology. This was only the second time PyCon had been held in Slovakia, and I found out about it by accident: while searching for how to do something in Python, I saw a Google ad for early-bird tickets to the conference and was intrigued. It's rare and surprising, but it turns out advertising can work!