Unless you count navigating Brisbane on a chilly, windy, and rainy day to get to the conference. Come to think of it, that was a bit of an adventure.
As soon as I stepped out of our hotel to head to the conference yesterday morning, rain started falling. Not heavy rain showers, but not light either. And it was windy, so this cold rain was constantly blowing into my face. I was cutting through a mall to get to the bridge across the Brisbane River when I discovered a nice dry bus station right in the mall. I think that was the best AU$2.60 I’ve spent, to get across the river without getting rained on (or blown off the bridge). They really need the rain here (and I’m spending time mostly inside at the conference), so I can’t be too grumpy about the blah weather. There's a good story about how bad the weather actually was at this Brisbane news website. They said on the news that it was the biggest low pressure storm to hit this area since the 1900s. Crazy!
I did manage to get lost on my way from the bus stop to the convention center, but I stopped a passerby and she got me on the right path. My general impression is that people here are friendly, helpful, and talkative. I feel like whenever I ask a question, I get the information I need and then some :)
Not much to report about the conference. I hang my poster up on Thursday afternoon and stand by it for 1.5 hours, that’s my only official conference task. Very low stress, thank goodness.
Friday is shaping up to be a free day. I’m hoping the weather improves so I can go do something fun. Keeping my fingers crossed!