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Conference living

August 10th, 2006 at 04:27 am

Well, here I am in splendor at the Hyatt. My roommate sprang for internet service and nicely let use her computer. I didn't know that hotels didn't provide free internet access! I thought they were like wireless cafes!

My traveling day was a little spendy -- it cost $26 for ground transportation from the airport to the hotel. I paid $3 in tips for bag-handling, and dinner cost about $13. I had a $1 coffee at the airport, but was able to skip lunch because I had granola bars in my carry-on.
My per diem was $49, so I still came in under. (I had to walk for dinner -- the hotel is somewhat isolated and the restaurants within it are pricey. A colleague and I took the free shuttle to the front gate and walked a couple of blocks to find a very nice Indian restaurant. Worth it, but I did get a blister!)

Yesterday I spent $8 for lunch (once again outside the compound) and skipped supper -- that is skipped paying for it, because there was a reception with heavy hors-d'oevres, so I really had a pretty nice supper. Went to the free gym for my evening entertainment. So out of my $49 per diem, I saved $41!

Today breakfast and lunch are provided, so I have $24 for supper to work with. I should be able to come in under that.

3 Responses to “Conference living”

  1. Dido Says:

    Nice that you've come in under each day, and even way under that one day. Do you get to keep the difference? (That would be nice. Everywhere I've worked has always had receipts submitted so that spending less than the per diem did not personally benefit me.)

  2. LdyFaile Says:

    Hotels are funky that way. Some offer free internet, some you have to pay for. Kinda like Starbucks vs everyothercoffeeshop. Smile You pay to use Starbucks wireless but most everywhere else it's free. Ah well. Since my laptop broke I don't have that as a preference when I have to stay at a hotel anymore.

  3. Carolina Bound Says:

    Yes, I do get to keep the difference, so that is quite an incentive. It's also nice that I don't have to mess around with receipts.

    I didn't know about Starbucks making you pay for wireless. Interesting! Another reason to steer clear.

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