Sunday, January 18, 2009

First day in the tropics

I arrived in Puerto Rico without any incident (and with my luggage), other than a 1 hour delay on our flight from Miami to San Juan. The hotel that we're staying in is pretty nice - it's the Condado Plaza Hotel, and the main thing to note, apart from the pools and casino, is that my bathroom has an entirely glass (well for three of the four walls) shower! It's all rather swish basically (and this internet connection is free with the room).

Today we (by which I mean myself and several other gravitational wave types from Glasgow and elsewhere) went for a wander into San Juan's old town. A carnival of some sort is on this weekend, so there was a fair bit of build up to that going on. Some of the streets were, I assume, more crowded that normal and there were various stages being set up. We didn't pay too much attention to this, but did wander towards the fort (Fort San Felipe del Morro) and had a good look round - it's a rather cool place to go to and is actually rather a bargin for the $3 entrance fee.

The weather so far has been mixed, but nice, with a lot of (warm) rain until about 2pm (before which it was a bit too humid) and then glorious weather after that. I would write more, but I need to go to sleep as the meeting starts in the morning...