My first impressions of the conference (well, the conference hasn't started yet, but I mean the whole "experience") are:
- I should really stop arriving at the airport 2 minutes before they close the gate. And it's not like I don't try $-$ no matter how early I leave, I always manage to nearly miss my flight.
- Schipol is the best airport ever. It's really easy to navigate and well organised.
- Dutch people are, for some reason, much more tanned than you'd expect them to be. Surely this has nothing to do with the weather (which is crappier than in London).
- Rotterdam looks nicer than I remembered. I came here for another conference back in 2002 and I wasn't really impressed. But today (despite the incessant rain) I got a much better vibe. Before the conference dinner, we'll do a bike tour and now I'm really into it.