In January, I received an email saying that my talk was selected! Out of over 120 talks, mine and 24 others were selected. I was very excited and started to outline my talk. I also was rewarded a small scholarship to help pay for my plane ticket to Budapest. I was very excited for this opportunity to share my knowledge on GIS and to travel around Central Europe!!!
|Delayed Flight = Brandon sleeps|
I asked Brandon if he wanted to join me, and he said yes. I quickly looked at plane tickets and mapped out other adventures we could go on after the conference. I arranged Airbnbs and looked at transportation between the cities. I was really looking forward to this trip.
Since I am in school, I had to do homework during my Spring Break. In fact, I was in my office every day that week working on modules, grading, and writing papers. Since I was going to be gone for 2 weeks, I didn't want to stress while I was abroad. So since I didn't have a Spring Break, this trip would be my make-up break.
|Airbnb in Budapest|
|Delayed until 11pm!|
Our geocaching event was successful. When we got there, there were 3 people our age at the coordinates, which surprised us because most people who geocache are a lot older than us (40s-70s).
We chatted for a little bit, then it started to rain harder. We left after 45 minutes to go back to the hotel to sleep some more.
Around 8pm, I receieved a message from my friend who was also at the conference asking if we wanted to get dinner with her. We went down to the lobby and met up with some other people who were there for the conference. We walked to Pad Thai Wokbar, where we got a huge bowl of thai food. It was delicious and filling! Once we were all done eating, we went back to the hotel and hung out at the bar. I ended up getting a wheat beer, which was made in Slovakia. We chatted until almost midnight.
Overall, it was a long 48 hours. From traveling, to lots of waiting, to sleeping with the sound of the rain, and meeting new people, it was a good first day in Budapest. The next day will be the first day of the conference. I will blog more on that in my next post! :)