Arrival day completed yesterday and even with all the travel and VISA issues, there was quite a nice party last night where everyone enjoyed a live DJ, dancing, really great food, and complementary drinks. The party officially ended around midnight, but the cafeteria was converted into a bar and the party went pretty late for a number of delegates. The photos are of my students and me upon arrival at the airport and during the opening night party.
As for me, I've contracted a pretty nasty head cold, and I'm going to go to the doctor later today to head that off so I don't miss the fun later on. In about 10 minutes we have the briefing, and I'll try to do some live-blogging of it, or you can follow me over on Twitter (@stevellano) to see how the briefing is going. After lunch there is an adjudication make-up exam for those who didn't complete the online version. Then I think the ranks will be revealed. I plan to video the analysis of the adjudication test and post it so you can see how you did if you are playing along back home. If you missed it, the link to the adjudication test is here.
Great breakfast, friendly staff, helpful volunteers, and a great summery atmosphere. I am excited to be a part of it and look forward to seeing what is said at this morning's briefing!