On the way to Waikoloa, some of our particpants had some interesting
travel escapades (and misadventures). These veterans were awarded
special souvenir prizes in recognition of their having survived the
Thomas Esser, Germany to USA via London:
Thomas encountered a strike at Heathrow airport and had to take
an unscheduled flight via Toronto and Honolulu to get to Kona-Kailua.
His trip took several hours longer
but he arrived in time to give his talk on the first day of the
Stephan Lehmke, Germany to USA:
bought a ticket from Dortmund to Frankfurt, but the last flight was three
Andre Montpetit, Canada to USA:
In Vancouver, the pilot forgot to show up for work.
Alun Moon, UK to USA:
During a 1 hour plane change in Seattle, Alun was the last one through
customs, where they unpacked all his bags, and he set off the metal
detector to boot! Nearly missed his connection.
Fabrice Popineau & family, France to USA:
were caught in 14 July (French independence
day) traffic and nearly missed their flight. They stayed up all night to
combat jet lag.
Kim Roberts, UK via Germany to USA:
In Germany she woke Volker at 1AM to come get her at the airport, and
then they had to leave again at 6AM for the connecting flight. There were
some interesting stories about travelling with Jerzy, but you'll have to
ask Kim for details.
Candy Yiu (45 hours) Hong Kong to USA:
The plane broke down during their connection in Japan, and Wai Wong and Candy Yiu had to
spend the night there. On arrival in Honolulu they had another long
wait in the wee hours of the morning to get a plane to Kona.
Candy entertained us with her travel adventure stories at the banquet.
(Dishonorable mention--48 hours late) UK to USA:
missed his connection in Los Angeles on Saturday and did not arrive until
Monday. He was supposed to chair the first day of talks on Sunday--rotten, irresponsible guy ;-)
Luckily for us, a very nice responsible Lance Carnes stepped in and did a
swell job of chairing the first sessions, and together they
chaired the closing banquet and took care of the travel awards.
Thank you Lance and Kaveh!