The talks at this event really are fascinating and I have learned a lot about many topics, but specifically the life of Sun-like stars and the activities of the IYA2009.
I have finally met several fellow astronomy bloggers and twitterers, including my .Astronomy pals Sarah Kendrew and Carolina Ödman; 365 Days of Astronomy colleague and general shining light Pamela Gay; and self-confessed Pluto killer Mike Brown.
Conferences are all about networking. You make acquantainces, forge friendships and generally drink with collaborators and colleagues. In this regard I see why Rio was a good choice.
I will more formally review all this another time. Right now bed beckons and a decent sleep/shower. Also I finally have decent WiFi so it’s time to catch up on some emails.