As a south Indian who relishes spicy flavourful food, I knew I would miss food badly. But other than that, I faced these challenges: 1. Coffee Yes! I missed coffee even before I missed spicy flavourful food. There was only black coffee everywhere. Cappuccinos I found were also almost like black coffee with very little … Continue reading Challenges I faced in US during my brief visit
On the last day of our retro meeting, we were done by afternoon. I had lunch with my colleagues and left to my hotel room. The hotel, Embassy Suites, has shuttle service. The shuttle leaves at 6pm and drops visitors at place of their choice and pick them up at a specified time. I took … Continue reading Quick outing to La Jolla Cove
It was a day before I flew back to India and time to do my first tandem skydive. Again, surprisingly I was calm. My slot was at 12pm. I timed it well so that I have time to digest breakfast and have enough time left to reach hotel on time for lunch. I took some … Continue reading My first tandem skydive at GoJump Oceanside, San Diego!
I have joined a new software firm in December. The firm turned out to be the best company I have worked for, so far. After every major release, a retrospective meeting is held at one of the company's head quarters and team members are flown from other offices. This time, it was in San Diego. … Continue reading My first trip abroad – Off to US
We talk and hear a lot about Swatch Bharat. I personally saw immense positive changes in India. Despite all this, I cease to understand how and why the public washroom problem NEVER gets resolved. It's a shame that we still have to "hunt" for usable public toilets. At some places, there's no public toilet at … Continue reading Eternal ubiquitous washroom problem
After coming back from Mud, we had to sort out our cab issue. It was evening by the time we got back as Subbu went to Kaza market again. We noticed Nariendar. He still looked like a mess and we were more determined not to go in his car. We also saw that Mr. Tsering, … Continue reading Time to leave Spiti
Day 7 of Spiti trip - Mud and Dhankar villages Sakya Abode staff got us a professional driver to take us out to Mud and Dhankar villages. In a YouTube video, I remember a vlogger strongly recommending a visit to Mud village when in Spiti. He said it was unmissable. He was so true! This place … Continue reading Most scenic day of our Spiti trip!
After witnessing beautiful snowfall the previous day, we were eager to visit the Mud and Dhankar villages. As we had planned to visit only these two places, we got up a little late and had relaxed breakfast. Over breakfast, we met Varun again and had a nice chat. While having breakfast, we came to know … Continue reading Fellow traveller and Sakya Abode to our rescue
Day 6 of Spiti trip We got up to be greeted by a gloomy day. It was cloudy and the Kaza mountain peak was all shrouded in clouds. It was cold and with wind blowing strong. By the time we were done with our breakfast, the weather looked more ominous. I wasn't sure if it was … Continue reading Our first snowfall – Longza, Komic and Hikkim
Day 5 of Spiti trip Next day, I was feeling much better though still a little tired. Headache was only mild. With the sun shining brightly, I felt very happy to bask in its warmth. I didn't dare to eat anything other than simple breakfast. So I had humble aloo paratha. I asked for a cup … Continue reading Spiti Villages – Key, Kibber and Chicham