Glad and sad

that it’s over. Great conference, intense days, lots of interesting talks, good workshops, some new acquaintances, some old. I survived my 12 minutes of fame, although I had some hickups with the computer and my powerpoint. But I got both applauds and laughs (good laughs) so I hope I didn’t make a complete fool of myself.  I missed not going to the gala dinner, maybe that was the wrong decision, I’ll go next time. But heck – 100 E? Had a nice quite evening on town instead, with german researcher B. Finished off the conference part of my trip with… a swim in the ocean! With staff permission (of course…), I snuck in to the spa and grabbed a towel, and dashed for the beach. Waaaarm water!  Clear. Blue.

Began the non-conference part of my trip with a visit to Castelmola, quaint little village on a rock high above Taormina. And the never-to-be forgotten Caffe Bar Turriso…!

Bubbly birthday

Thank god my conference didn’t start until 2 o’clock, giving me time to sleep in, have a slooow breakfast, check out town, and walk to the conference hotel!  A very pleasant walk – out of town center, down a million steps, along the stony beach and along a narrow road made even narrower by construction work. Made it with half-an-hour to spare.  Intense conference start with my favorite EBM:er, Dr. G, who managed to confuse me pretty quickly. Confidence intervals=confusion intervals. I should know this by now, after lots of courses and even the same workshop last year in India. But some things just seem to go in one ear and out the other. This time I got it though. Too bad the two workshops collided – maybe I would have learned more at Amanda’s stats for dummies?

After all that hard work (on my birthday!), I think I deserved that fine glass of bubbly that Nino offered on the terrass before dinner. What a fabulous conference site, right on the beach, with only the sea and the stars around us. And lots of nice people, of course.  Happy birthday it was.