Turkey in Turkey

October 19th, 2010 by Potato

I’m sure you’ve all been checking the site hourly, awaiting my return from Turkey. I’m proud to say I’m back, after spending what is one of the best weeks in Canada (see below for why) away in some other land. It was of course Canadian Thanksgiving as well, so we* had turkey in Turkey.

* – The rest of the group that is. I had pasta.

The conference itself was fairly mediocre (the rooms were so hot!), the resort was nice, but the travel itself to get there and back was ridiculous. Over 24 hours door-to-door, including 3 flights and an hour-and-a-half long bus ride through these tortuous roads.

The resort itself was quite nice... on the outside.

Once there though we made the best of it, playing tennis, swimming, hitting the gym, and even taking in some scientific presentations. The pool was hardly chlorinated at all, which is either fantastic, or a little worrisome, depending on how much you think about it. I suspect it may be that the water stays pure because they kept it refrigerated, as it was a very chilly pool (really only ever saw Canadians and Scots in there). The food was decent, and my willpower strong, so combined with all the activity I managed to lose 5 pounds last week, which is fantastic! How strong was my willpower? Well, I brought 3 bags of candy with me, and 2 of them came back home. The hotel was all-inclusive, which included all-you-can-eat ice cream in the afternoons (or ice cream plus waffles on some days). Every day I went down to the ice cream bar, had a good, long look, inhaled the delicious smell, and then walked away from the free ice cream.

There were no speaker awards at this conference to win, so naturally I came home empty-handed on that front. The hotel, however, had little mini-competitions amongst the guests, and one such competition involved a video shooting/marksmanship game with a laser rifle. I did win that, and came home with a small kitschy medal :)

Now I’m safely back home… and sick. Right now it’s just the sniffles and a small fever, so I’m trying to work through it since I’m already pretty far behind on my timeline. I really hope it doesn’t get any worse, as I can’t afford to get sick now.

Sad news while I was gone: Benoit Mandelbrot died.

Anyway, it’s good to be back in Canada, especially since this is the best time of year:

Ah, fall colours, the best time of year in Canada!

One Response to “Turkey in Turkey”

  1. Netbug Says:

    I like the first picture more myself. I guess I’m not a good Canadian. :(

    Nice job on the ice-cream-avoidance. :)