After four days of listening to academic papers and hashing out the details of next year's logistics, everyone adjourned to the beach. No matter that it was 5:00pm. No matter that the water in the bay hovers between 6 and 13 degrees celsius. It was time to go for a polar bear swim.
Check out the academic crowd charging the water.
And charging back!
We stayed in the [geothermally heated sulfur-smelling] pool here for almost two hours before closing time when everyone decided to head to dinner. Personally I think all academic conferences should finish up in a hot tub -- it is one of the secrets of this group that they know how to enjoy each other's company socially as well as professionally. It is actually their fifteenth anniversary, too!