So today it's 30 degrees in the UK, it's the same here, except here it pissed it down until 4pm! Just incase I started to miss Wales or anything...
It was also the first day of the conference, in a very posh shiny hotel. One of the ones that has a notice on the front door about the lobby dress code.... In walks me in shorts, converse and a very drenched pac a mac... I was meant to be wearing a nice, respectable floaty skirt and top... But didnt quite foresee the problems of said white floaty skirt and Miami's storm season. I think, if asked, the hotel would have preferred the shorts option as well.
Talks went well, I went to the session about humour and attractiveness - as with most psychology there were some interesting talks talking about research proving the obvious - if you find someone funny you're more likely to find them attractive, unless they try to be funny and fail miserably, then maybe not so much! Coffee breaks between each session is fuelled by Starbucks and it turns out in America they suck at making tea. So this weeks mission = to learn to like coffee.
Talks were followed by the obligatory cheese and biscuit (no wine - this isn't how we do it back home) gathering where professors who have been going to these for years all enjoy catching up and post grads who have turned up without anyone they know because they have gone to a conference half way across the world with only 3 other uk poster presentations stumble round trying to avoid people's gaze but in the end actually just start talking to random people.
Skipped out of there just before the 7 30 plenary talk (the role of grandmothers in some random tribe in Africa - seriously..) and went down to the main Miami street to hunt down food that wasn't £20 a starter. Found a dodgy Mexican restaurant - turns out I can't even go to America for 3 days before I want fajitas and burritos! And discovered Mexicans are crazy and put rice inside burritos. Learn a new thing every day!
On my wander back I found an amazing sweet shop (will upload some photos), a hagan daz shop that makes milk shakes and a supermarket that had a load of sweets people requested.
So that was a rather boring and long winded account of my day. Tomorrow I'm in the conference 9am - 9 30pm (and People think conferences are holidays!) so I won't update and bore you all silly!
P.s went to the beach yesterday, it has sand that even I like! And crazy warm sea. That's my 4 days extra here sorted!