Friday, March 17, 2006

Mayhem in Mexico

After Wednesday night's dinner, I did get to sleep - eventually. Somewhere after 3 AM, I think it was, after doing quite a lot of situps and some pushups. I was up again before 7 AM. By 8:30, the whole team had managed to eat breakfast, then we had to walk a few blocks to the National Auditorium to catch buses over to Centro Banamex.

Why catch buses? Well, there were riot police on every corner within a few kilometers of the Centro, and everything within about a half-kilometer was totally closed of. The buses took a circuitous route (I swear they got lost at least once) and wound up coming into the Centro from the back, after going past quite a lot of police and military.

After that, things went pretty well. Our office eventually got Internet access (notice how a lot of things happen eventually here?) and I was pretty much done the day's web page by around 11 PM. Then I hung around for another two hours editing and tweaking and doing more situps out of sheer boredom... got back to the hotel around 1:30 AM, got a pack of disposable shavers from the front desk (yes, they give 'em out if you don't have 'em. nice hotel.) fell asleep around 2:00 and woke up around 7:30. Breakfast was a hard-boiled egg white and a bowl of granola, yogurt, strawberries and pineapple chunks. Yummy.

Friday morning, after making a few more edits and tweaks here and there, made my initial rounds of the huge "Water Fair" that's going on upstairs from all the meeting rooms where the actual discussions are happening. Everything from water policy programs to regional tourism authorities to plumbing companies to distilleries is represented. I've been picking up the usual (and the unusual!) swag.

More later, as usual.

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