I arrived in Asheville yesterday afternoon. I was very happy to meet some other Perl people at the airport, but they aren’t staying at the venue yet. So, I spent the evening by myself and it looks like I’ll be alone most of today as well.
I’ve been asked to write up my first impressions, as some of the other conference attendees are interested to know things like how much my taxi from the airport cost. It was $41 which I thought was quite expensive for what appears to be a 13 mile or so journey. The hotel does run a shuttle-bus for $30 that you need to call and arrange and I didn’t think to do that.
My first impressions of the venue are good. I’m staying in a Villa as I wasn’t able to get a room at the hotel for my entire stay. It’s a bit big for me with a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and two bathrooms, but it’s quaint and I’m getting used to the space. The hotel staff have been friendly and helpful. When I told the bell captain that I was here alone he offered to drive me into town so that I could do some sightseeing and told me that someone from the hotel would come back and get me later.
I had dinner in the bar last night. I was really pleased that the bartender actually spoke to me as it isn’t always easy to eat alone. I arrived in America on Wednesday so I’ve been eating alone for a few days and last night was the first time I didn’t feel as if I was putting the restaurant out by taking up a whole table by myself. The food was fine but there was far too much of it. I ordered a turkey sandwich and wasn’t actually expecting it to come with a large plate of fries, as the turkey sandwich was already a bit big for me. But then I always find the portion sizes in America to be ridiculously big. My meal and ginger ale came to $14 (including tip) so I think I got my money’s worth even if I did eat less than half of it.
I had the continental breakfast this morning for $7.41. I had raisin bran and fruit, but there was a wider selection than that. I’m not sure how much the full breakfast was but given the number of people eating it I’m sure it was overly expensive either.
I was concerned that it would be overly hot but it’s beautiful this morning. I believe that it’s going to be quite a bit hotter during the week, but I’ll be indoors for most of that.
Outside the Villa