First things first: we love conferences, even when they are held in less than exciting places. We really enjoy learning new things and spending time with friends and colleagues, but if we have to decide between a conference in say, St. Louis (no offense, nice place) and a gorgeous tropical destination, it's not a hard choice. This year, Judy decided to skip the wonderful annual NAJIT (National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators) conference in yes, St. Louis, but was just invited to the Proz.com conference in Recife, Brazil. She was delighted to accept and will be one of the keynote speakers. We've never been to Brazil, but our dad has spent several decades traveling to this gorgeous country for business, so we just had to ask him about Recife. His immediate response: it's just as gorgeous as it looks. And then: can I come? Of course!
So: what could be better? An exciting international conference with lots friend and colleagues plus a tropical location that promises beach time? We really can't think of too many things that would be better. Perhaps all this plus fancy drinks with umbrellas? We bet we can find those, too.
If you've been looking for something fun to do this summer and also want to get a tax deduction (be sure to ask your accountant), then this might be up your alley. The lovely conference organizers are currently finalizing details and working on the website, but go ahead and have a look here. The conference hotel looks lovely indeed. They also have a Facebook page. See you in Brazil?