Day 36+ – DC to Dulles to Dallas to home

Day 36+ – DC to Dulles to Dallas to home

This entry is being written well after some of the events because there was not a lot of opportunity on the day itself. Our main business for Sunday was to get ourselves to Dulles airport, return the rental car, and catch our fight to Dallas and thence to Brisbane and home.

The flight was scheduled for 3:40 pm so I had 1:00 pm as the planned time to drop the rental car. We had no need to hurry out of bed for that, the weather was predicted to be cool and wet, and we did not expect to find the flight to Brisbane conducive to sleep so we lingered in bed thinking to build up sleep credit. We were up shortly after 7:30 am, showered, walked across the street to CVS (billed as a pharmacy but convenience store as well) to procure cereal (in ready to eat bowls) and yoghurt, picked up coffee in the hotel lobby, and ate breakfast in our room. Continue reading

Homeward bound

For me, the holiday really ended when Peter went back to work here in Washington DC on Thursday. I have enjoyed exploring the city on my own these past days, but have really slowed down the pace and have tried to rest as much as I could. The hotel here is lovely but the biggest luxury is that we have been here for 4 consecutive nights! I have even taken clothes out of the suitcase and put them in the drawers.
Now all that is left is to pack and fly home.
Has it been fun? Definitely!
Is it time to go home? Definitely!

Day 35 – Washington DC

This morning was scheduled for a SITE executive meeting beginning at 9:30 am in the AACTE offices. The later start allowed us to sleep a little later than usual but we were moving by 7:30 am. After showering I slipped across the street for fresh milk and yoghurt to have with our cereal and brought coffee up from the hotel lobby.

I was out soon after 9:15 am and walked the short distance to the SITE meeting. That lasted until midday when some had to leave and we moved into an EDUsummIT meeting. Sometime after 1:00 pm we moved to Cosi on the corner of H and 14th Streets, where we ate lunch and continued working on plans for EDUsummIT until almost 4:30 pm.

I had told Majella to expect me back around noon but from 11:00 am or so I had been sending her messages to say I would be delayed. Fortunately she had picked up on those and took herself out for lunch and a walk around.

Once I got back to the hotel we relaxed for a bit before going down to enjoy the hotel happy hour and a couple of glasses of complimentary wine. Once that was done we walked out to look for dinner.

Majella decided that she wanted steak since she had not had one in the USA this time. We checked a couple of places before going into the restaurant at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza. We each had the 8 oz Angus fillet with wine and followed that by sharing the chocolate tower dessert before walking back to our hotel to retire for our last night in DC.

Day 34 – Washington DC

Day 34 – Washington DC

Today was the second day of the NTLS meeting so I was moving shortly after 7:00 am, showered, went down to get coffee for both of us, ate cereal in the room and headed off just before 8:30 am.

The morning started with a short general session and then separated into the same working groups as yesterday. We worked through the morning in the EDUsummIT group, making good progress, before returning to the large group to report. Lunch was eaten with the editors group discussing how we would approach the panel session in the afternoon. The panel went well, starting with short introductions about each of the journals and moving into an interesting discussion about the ramifications of accepting video content as illustrative additions to traditional articles or as full narratives. The association presidents followed that panel session and then the meeting wound up before 3:00 pm. Continue reading

Day 33 – Washington DC

I had a schedule today so I set an alarm to ensure that I would be ready for action before NTLS kicked off at 8:30 am. We were both awake just before 7:00 am. We showered and went downstairs to pick up coffee to add to the breakfast of cereal we had in our room. Because I was back into a shirt rather than the T-shirts I have been wearing for the past month I used the hotel iron to remove some creases that the shirt had collected in my suitcase.

I slipped out a bit before 8:30 am and walked the few blocks to the Sofitel where NTLS is meeting today and tomorrow leaving Majella to entertain herself for the day. If you are looking for travel tales of Washington you will want to read her account of the day rather than mine.

My attendance at NTLS is as editor of JTATE. I found that I knew many of those who were there because of my involvement with SITE and there were others whose names I knew but had not met previously. NTLS is a US ‘national’ meeting so there were very few attendees from beyond the USA. Other than myself, I think that Joke Voogt from Twente in the Netherlands and Margaret Cox from the UK may be the only persons from outside the USA. Joke is one of the originators, with Gerald Knezek, of the EDUsummIT series. Margaret is involved because of her role in IFIP and in the previous EDUsummIT events held in 2009 and 2011. We were all assigned to the group planning an EDUsummIT proposed to be held in DC in conjunction with NTLS in 2013.

The day started and finished with plenary sessions. In between we had 2 sessions of 2 hours each in one of 3 smaller groups. Some of our group also met over lunch to discuss finer details. It was a full day that made considerable progress on planning for the next EDUsummIT. Based on the reports at the end of the day the other groups also made useful progress.

After the day of meeting it was back to the hotel to see how Majella had filled in her day and then out for a dinner with the journal editors group. That had been arranged by Glen Bull and was at Brasserie Beck. Glen had arranged for 10 of us to enjoy the Chef’s Table which consisted of five courses, most with more than one offering, and opportunity to try every item presented. The individual portions were not large but the cumulative effect was filling. It was difficult to consider skipping anything because it was all beautifully presented and delicious.

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