Back in November all the trainees in the lab went to a research conference in Tampa, FL. It was a blast! We were the cool kids at the party. Just ask us.
Before that, here is Kelly, my beautiful cheerleader undergrad on her birthday! This was the day we were leaving for the conference.
Then we were off!!!
Here is Danier at Brandon's poster there. She was pointing out her name at the bottom too.
The first night we decided to explore some of what Tampa had to offer. Below is a large statue of a rooster I think
We also got to see what was supposed to be a free Christian concert. Danier and I thought about sticking around, but we decides that was going to take too long (after waiting 20 minutes).
We then went back to the hotel and changed. Julia borrowed my down beat, and I gotta say she rocked it!
We found a delicious Mexican restaurant too! I gotta say that the below is my favorite photo of the whole weekend. Doesn't it just radiate joy?
The food there was amazing, and delicious. So good that we almost even went there twice. I loved he lunch adore masks too
The day we presented, after we were done we went out for some delicious lunch! I don't remember the name of he place, though Brandon might. It was a famous place in Tampa though.
They got sandwiches and I got rice. Aah the life of a glutard.
After Danier and another girl and I went to the aquarium. It was loads of fun.
Horse shoe crabs
I also turned into a snail!
And Danier looking pretty!
These dudes were massive!!
Finding Nemo kept popping in my head and I kept wanting to break into song! Just like their teacher.
Can you find the seahorse in this next one?
Hint below. His was the craziest and coolest looking one of all!
And we were there in perfect timing for the penguin show! They took them around for us to see.
There was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lego aquarium. Complete with characters and "giant" fish.
A school that kept swimming like a whirlwind
This next dude is called a batfish. How cool is that? Not to mention he alone is super cool.
These things would beat each other. They burrowed in he ground underwater and fought over territory. Way interesting.
And there were cute animal based souvenirs.
The place I can't remember the name of has a location that is bigger and more beautiful.
And I got to ride the trolley which was nice and relaxing.
There was then a social event associated with the burn conference. Since everyone at the conference interacts with burn survivors in some way the local fire department brought out their boat and put on a watershow just for us.
We also had live music. At one point no one realized he band was for us so Brandon, Julia and I were the only ones listening to them. They made up some random song just for us, and I wish I could remember how it went because it was funny.
Our last mornin we walked around, went to a farmers market and to a museum. It was great!
I'm glad I got to go. I was exhausted by the end but I had so much fun, and learned SO much at the conference. In other news I just got an abstract accepted to another conference, so look forward to hearing more later. My lab is great, and I love trips with them.