Yes - the scandinavians are arriving in Orlando by the numbers, and apparently we are bringing the cold weather with us.
It's 9AM and 5 degrees centigrade out. The locals are wearing gloves and wintercoats. Great, since I've brought my entire summer wardrobe, incl. the odd pair of shorts.
The trip here was good, despite Icelandair having really hard seats and the In Flight Entertainment system only showing movies I had already seen. Planes leaving and arriving on time. Flawless transfer in Reykjavik. Quick baggage handling in Orlando Sanford airport, and comfy drive to the hotel (thanks, René).
The flight from Reykjavik to Orlando provided an fantastic experience: A 6-hour sunset.
I kid you not. At the time of take-off in Reykjavik, the sun had already set, but at march-height, the sun was setting in the horizon, and duringe the entire west-bound part of the flight, we were flying at the very edge of day and night. For a short while, the sun even rose in the west! How many can claim to have seen that? For a full 6 hourts, my window was full off an amazing palette of colours (that my stoneage digital camera completely fails to portray).
Arriving at the Dolphin hotel is always a pleasure. Kind people work here and do theiri job well. They are always willing to make that little extra effort to make my experience as a traveler as good as possible. This year, I got a room with a lake view. It sounds a bit more romantic than it is, since the lake has a huge hotel (The Swan) right on the other shore, but I still like having the view of water, the EPCOT boats and the Disney Boardwalk.
It feels "homey".
Today is all about settling in and getting the logistics set up. Internet connection, demo environment, and getting the hang of IdoCheckin.
Sadly, it seems that the service number setup of for IdoCheckin doesn't really work for me, so I might be using the UK number. :-(
Also, text messaging in general seem be a problem - at least from my (always troublesome) HTC TyTNII (no - you should'nt get one of those).
Tonight, I will likely be at B.A.L.D. and crash ESPN. It's been years since I've had the benefit of being here on saturday, and I hope to make the best of it.
Now, where was my GoreTex socks? Brrrrr