April 30 the day when I departed from Tribhuwan International Airport for my most awaited journey to US, never before been outside of Nepal, this was the first time I was travelling this far and was thrilled, thinking of all the new experiences in the way and my US stay. More than 20 hours of flight plus 6 hours of transit finally came to end and I was there at the land of opportunities. My first sight to US was New York (JFK International Airport), from the New York sky, I could imagine the grandness of US. Another hour of flight and I was at Logan International Airport, Boston. As suggested by Abanish dai, took a cab and headed for Deerwalk Lexington Office.
I was going to America for the first time in April 1, 2018 along with couple of friends from Deerwalk. After 2 days of long and sleepless journey we reached Boston at 4 PM, it was drizzling and weather was chilling cold for me. Abanish dai along with few other colleagues from Deerwalk were there to pick us up. They took us to Deerwalk office in Lexington and I went to meet Rudra dai in his office, he was happy to see us there. I thanked him for the opportunity to visit US. I was very tired and longing for a good night’s rest.
Traveling is not just an opportunity to visit new places but also to meet people from different walks of life. Whenever I travel, be it abroad or inside Nepal, I like to talk to people and to know about their lives. I believe this is a good way of acquiring knowledge on different culture, religion and what not. Needless to say, it also helps a person to open up more and to become an extrovert. My recent visit to US was also not an exception on this matter. I struck up a conversation with the stranger whenever possible and tried to learn how they are living at that part of the world. There are many people with whom I interacted during my one month stay and here are some recollection of my encounters.
With all the familiar faces around and tasks ready for us, we started our work the very next day. It felt like we were back from a vacation, where we met our friends and family and now we are back to work. Office days were always similar with client calls, messages with work requests, discussions about the work process. There were times where everyone would go for a lunch and I stayed back at the office waiting for the touch base calls and updates. There were times where we would work and take calls from home as we could not go to office due to snow storms. But, with witty people around, all those hectic schedules and deadlines were as less of a burden.
My Journey to US Official Visit started on February 4, 2018, the day I left Nepal for 3 months with so much excitement to see and feel the Land of Dreams – The USA. The flight was departed from TIA at 9 PM and reached the Hamad International Airport at 12:00 AM (local time). After a long and hectic 13 hrs of flight finally landed to Logan Airport at 2 PM (local time), the weather outside was gloomy, felt like I was already freezing when stepped out of Airport. I took a cab and headed towards the Manish Dai’s apartment where I was going to stay for a week.
This was my third trip to United States, each time, I end up experiencing something new. The first time was the most thrilling and exciting for me, the second time was more relaxed and this time was predictable.
I was very overwhelmed when I got to know about my US Visit which was scheduled for 1st of April, 2018. Almost after a week of the notice, the day finally came to visit the land of dreams accompanied by Bibek dai and Manish dai. Though flight was long and tiring, I was all excited to see the new place and was finally gonna live in the famous B1 PALACE with Dichhya di, Monika di and Anil dai for a month.
Traveling to a different place always gives a new perspective that’s different from just hearing or reading about it. I was glad to know about my official visit to The States from my manager, Milan dai, allowing me to fully immerse and appreciate the place, the working environment, the people, the culture, and everything in between. Taking the time to come out of my shell and interact, I was able to completely enjoy and experience the local culture. On September 30, 2017, I learned that you can never realize how big the world is until you travel across it. You see its size on the map, but the vastness doesn’t sink in until you hop on a plane, fly thousands of miles, and still have a long way to go. My beautiful colleagues Sangita di and Kanchan were with me to witness this and had a notion to land on the city of notions – Boston.
Office days : I got to meet in person so many people who I have communicated only in emails or have heard names of. They were all so welcoming. I was pleased to see so many familiar faces as well. I got to observe how the offshore office works and how tasks are prioritized. The office hours are typically 9-5 but the work hours go beyond that. US folks take on client queries during the day and mornings and evenings are utilised communicating with Nepal team. My appreciation for the effort put in by US team has only grown. Having said that, it is not all work at the office. I miss the lunch hours at the office, where everyone would bring their Nepali lunch sets, the walks around the campus after, the occasional popcorns and the casual snow fights. And I ofcourse miss the work from home option during the snowstorms.
I joined Deerwalk Lexington office the very next day and was very happy to meet all the known faces again as well as my team mates who were eagerly waiting for me to come. Weekdays were very busy delivering outputs, attending calls with clients and providing daily status report of work progress. But we would not miss the chance to have some fun during the working hours, be it at the lunch table or at the US Deerwalk Chautari. Weekends were always filled with excitements and fun especially at B1 palace where we would gather up, cook dinner and eat together like a family. On the month of October, we had ladies Party at Muna Bhauju’s home, Halloween and a day trip to Mohawk trail to view fall season with Ashay Dai and Ekta Bhauju. The trip was amazing and full of adventure.