Saturday, July 14, 2007

All's Well That Ends Well

Our last full day in Gothenburg started out hard. After all of the wine we had in our viking dinner we were a little hung over when we woke up. But we still woke up at around 5:00 AM despite that. Roxi's presentation was scheduled for 3:00 that afternoon so she spent most of the morning getting herself organized. I pretty much took it easy and napped a little while she was doing her work. We did a little souvenir shopping, had some lunch and made our way to the conference.

Roxi was presenting some of her research in a poster session. Basically a bunch of people made poster boards with a summary of some of their research and they are all displayed for other conference participants to as questions and have discussions. I hung around with Roxi up until the sessions started but wanted to get out of her way when people started looking at her poster.

I spent the two and a half hours of the session looking around at other posters and taking a little walk around the campus. I checked in with Roxi a couple of times during the session and she seemed to be having a good response. So I think her conference experience was very positive overall.

We were both pretty tired after our busy week in Sweden so we decided to take it easy and have a leisurely dinner as our flight out on Friday was very very early in the morning. We went to a British style pub and had a great dinner and Grolsch on tap(!). We finished off our last night in Gothenburg with a drink at the hotel bar and then retired to our room to pack.

Our time in Gothenburg was so great. Neither of us had ever traveled to Europe with anyone other than family or classmates. Everyone there was telling us how nice the weather usually is but we really didn't let the occasional rain shower ruin anything for us. There were times the rain annoyed me, but we were still in Sweden. It really couldn't have been better trip despite that but there comes a time when you are ready to go home. Roxi was very busy with the conference and it was essentially a working trip for her. On top of that she and I did a lot of sightseeing together. We were tired but we had a great time and can't wait for our next big trip like this.

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