Finally some R&R, rest and rheumatology. I'm off to the Laurentian Conference. This is a local conference that attracts all of the rheumatologists from Quebec and a few that wander in from neighbouring provinces. It's a neat mix of french and english rheumatologists escaping to the mountains to enjoy the spring weather. (Spring in the Laurentians is defined as the period that starts with skiing without neck warmers and goes until the blackflies arrive). The organizers almost always come up with good speakers and the intimate setting allows you to corner some of slower moving ones for questions during coffee break. It also seems that the mountain air, resort town feel and of course, Quebecois hospitalité, seems to loosen up even the biggest names. Can't wait.