Duke Physics graduate student Joel Greenberg attended the the 19th annual International Laser Physics Workshop in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, this month. The conference included an excursion to a nearby National Park. (Read Part 1 of this story here.) Here’s what Joel said about it:
On July 7 (midway through the conference), a group excursion was facilitated by the conference organizers. All of the participants boarded buses and made the several-mile journey to the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, which boasts Iguaçu Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the planet (in fact, it is one of the finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World. The falls themselves consist of over 270 distinct waterfalls that go on for several kilometers (making it the widest in the world) and contain a region where one is surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls. After the day at the falls, everyone was bused to Rafain, which is a churrascaria (or Brazilian steakhouse), for the conference banquet. In addition to typical Brazilian cuisine, the restaurant offered entertainment featuring dancing and music from a variety of South American countries. Overall, the conference was a lot of fun and a great way to meet other scientists with similar research areas and interests.