ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 9.30 on the first day of the congress. Only IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not there yet. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sat in cafÃƒÂ© beside the River Douro, escaping the driving rain. However the cafÃƒÂ© has a whole Phil Collins CD playing, and the track thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just been playing was Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Wish It Would Rain DownÃ¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬â€œ very suitable I think.
Look on the bright side though: if the weather is bad outside thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no incentive to leave the conference centre, so it should create a positive atmosphere. Or maybe IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just looking for something optimistic to write to take my mind off the fact that my trousers are wet through due to the rain.