I'm back from the Sleep DownUnder 2016 conference in Adelaide, Australia. I'm so happy to be home and sleeping in my own bed, surrounded by my family.
I will probably sound ungrateful, but I am tired of travel and flying. Since December last year, I've flown to Cape Town from London and back, from London to Auckland via Dubai and Brisbane to take up my current job, Auckland to Sydney and back for Easter, Auckland to Sydney and back a few weekends ago, and this last week Auckland to Adelaide via Melbourne and back to Auckland. That is a heck of a lot of taking off and landing - enough! I never thought I'd say that...EVER.
Despite this, I really enjoyed the conference (or symposium as the Americans call it - we had a few guest speakers from that side of the pond). My brain is in overload at the amount of new information gleaned. To say I am tuckered out from all the talking, socialising, networking and eating, is an understatement, so happy to be in the quiet sanctuary of our home.
Oh and loving the humidity of Hamilton. Geez, Adelaide was dry and windy. It was so bad that my eyes flared up bloodshot and itchy the first time I stepped outside. It didn't stop me doing some sightseeing though. After the first day, I imagined the homeopathic Mixed Pollen from Weleda coursing its way through my body and that solved that problem. My skin wasn't too happy about the dry air either, shows me how much I've adapted to humid conditions.
Adelaide is a pretty city, built along the lines of most Australian cities I've seen so far - which is mostly in NSW lol! My most favourite of places is always the Botanical Gardens. I'm such a sucker for beautiful gardens and it is always the first place I like to get to if I can.
Haha - my boss tells me that whenever she had to meet up with me at the conference, all she had to do was look out for my hair, cos she knew that if my hair was there, so was I! It makes me smile every time I think of it.
There were so many difference talks to go to, it was easy to choose what really captured my attention. Some of them were excellent, others were...boring and nothing new.
I assumed that because it was for "Australasia" that it would include some Asian countries - but it didn't unfortunately.
I was introduced to so many people, one of them was a Consultant from Perth who asked if we'd met before because he recognised my name but couldn't figure out why. Um...not sure if that's good or bad.
On the plane back to Auckland, I reckon more than 50% of the plane were people from the conference. It was a very happy plane that took off, everyone glad to be going home.
Back to work tonight.