Saturday, October 25, 2008

Excuse me, do you know where…..

“Public Health Without Borders” is the seventh Annual Meeting for this blogger, and I have to say that San Diego is the most scenic, tranquil setting for covering public health’s pre-eminent gathering so far. Plus, it’s warm and sunny (which is probably just the Floridian in me, but I digress….)

Not only is it nice outside, it’s pretty nice inside too. To pick up your meeting tote and final program, you’ll take a walk through the convention center’s Sails Pavilion, which lives up to its marine-inspired name. Surrounded by glass and sunlight, grab a seat in the pavilion’s Mix and Mingle Lounge and take advantage of free Wi-Fi, comfy cushions and the chance to meet your fellow public health protectors from around the nation and the world. As you walk into the pavilion, on your right are a row of glass doors leading to the outdoor terrace, which is dotted with tables and chairs for your leisurely pleasure.

Also inside the Sails Pavilion is an activity posting center, where you can read up on any late-breaking activities that didn’t make it into the final program. And you’ll also find another area dotted with tables and chairs in the pavilion behind the Mix and Mingle Lounge.

If you’re looking for the Marriott Hotel and Marina (where a bunch of sessions and meetings are being held), walk out the front of the convention center and take a left — it’s just right next door. Food and eats? San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter is just a short walk away from the convention center’s front doors — walk up 5th Avenue and you’ll find yourself in the heart of this lively neighborhood.

And, it’s true, living on a restaurant-fueled diet for the next four days can put a dent in the pocketbook. But luckily, a fellow APHA blogger has scouted out a Ralph’s 24-hour grocery store less than a 10-minute walk from the convention center on G street between 1st and 2nd avenues. Muy convenient.

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