My official visit to US started from July 1, I was fully prepared for the trip and had learned about the flights, transits, United States cultures, dos & don’ts. Besides usual things, funny part about my trip preparation was that I used to watch the flight simulator videos on Youtube even though I was not going to operate the aircraft myself 😛 .
I along with Milan dai, started our US visit on 31st of May 2018. Our flight was late at 11 P.M and we landed at Boston via Dubai on 1st of June at around 2 PM. We grabbed a taxi to our hotel, where we were handed key-cards to our room. After shopping for our groceries, we were treated by a surprise visit by Suresh, Manish, Sushant dai and others at our hotel where we did a lot of catching up with bottles of beer. Then our regular schedule for work started from the next Monday with a similar routine of Abanish dai picking up on mornings and taking an Uber on evenings.
The trip to US was uneventful, peaceful, exciting and filled with new sights and sceneries. The only downside was that it was long, long enough to be tiring. On arriving at the Logan Airport our exit was hassle free. Next we grabbed a cab and were headed straight to the office. On the way the we were again treated with some extravagant sights of a foreign city. At the office we had a small reunion with old colleagues and finally meeting some known names with unknown faces. Again we were off to Smriti didi’s place for a quick refresh and then headed to Ashay dai’s place where we would be staying for the rest of our time in the US. Got settled and Ashay dai provided us with a quick tour of the place, a few rules and also a few general “To know” points about living in the US and the locality.
April 1, 2018 at around 10 in the evening we bid farewell to our families and embark in a month long trip to the west.This was my first time in Qatar Airlines. Excited and enthralled, we departed from TIA in Airbus A320.
8 Hours transit in Doha was a little too much but we were determined that nothing would stop us; not even the uncomfortable seats in the airport-waiting-area which was our only option for a quick power nap.
I enjoyed my flight from Doha to Boston with cognac sips and the amazing view of the ural mountain range. I managed to click few shots as Binita obliged to switch seat; super comfy middle for her window one. The view was mesmerising.
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.