Puerto Rico 2011 – Day 1

Similar to Argentina, it was time for another work trip, but this time to Puerto Rico. Very excited as this is my first time in the Caribbean!

Daniel and I woke up at the ungodly hour of 4AM in order for me to get to LAX early enough for my 715 flight to DFW. As I got up in the morning my stomach was not feeling too good, and I was hoping that before I left the apartment, it would take care of itself. In a half asleep stupor, we finally hit the road. Of course two minutes outside the complex, my stomach decided it was going to go into overdrive. Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to make it to LAX. Thankfully, there was not much traffic, and we made it to LAX about 10 minutes ahead of schedule. This allowed me to have some quality time before I went through security and boarded the plane. Luckily, everything returned to normal failrly quickly and after risking eating a plain bagel, I was all set to board. I lucked out in finding the cheap botled water vending machine so I only paid $1.50 instead of $3.00 for a 20oz.

The flight to DFW was very pleasant. Just a bit of turbulence owing to the high winds over the western US, but once we climbed to a higher altitude, things smoothed out. I was very happy there was no middle seat occupant so I got to stretch out. We cruised into DFW about 10 minutes early which gave me ample time to grab a snack and then walk to my gate. Perhaps I was a little too leisurely in my stroll since they were almost done boarding by the time I arrived at the gate.

The plane was packed, but my row mates didn’t show up until the last minute. Of course they had a small child, but they were very nice and the child was mostly well behaved after we took off. There was another small child right behind us, so when I started to watch movies on my iPad, I had to turn the volume way up. In honor of it’s 20th Anniversary, I watched Star Trek VI and made it part of the way through Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Before long, the 4 hour flight was over. I do feel a bit congested, so I am wondering if I have a head cold or something. Good thing I brought the Emergen-C! Puerto Rico was very nice and balmy when we landed. I was able to get my bag after a bit of a wait, but thankfully the taxi stand was close. A quick 15 minute ride later and I was at the La Concha Resort. Mom and Chantel met me in the lobby. I took my things upstairs, and then headed down to the boardroom which is our hub for the conference.

I was hungry so I attempted to eat some Wendy’s (really not the best thing, but I was starving) and then we headed to the Walgreens down the street to get some water and other supplies for the week. Chantel informed me that the main street is pretty safe, but apparently you shouldn’t wander too far away unless you are in a cab.

We went back to the boardroom and hung out for the next couple of hours, and then finally headed to bed at 130am local time. I was tired, but managed to unpack my clothes and get settled in my uber-swanky suite.

Looks like the next few days will be all prep for the meeting so hoping to get out and see the city at some point!