After some hectic times getting my visa processed, I finally got to breathe a sigh of relief when the application was accepted. My travel anxiety had started a couple of days before the trip. I had heard about the heavy snowfall and extreme cold in Boston, so I got my luggage packed with warm winter clothes.
After one long flight of around 20 hours, KTM-DOHA-PHL-BOS, it was great to see Bikram and Sagar waiting for me at the Boston Airport. One step out of the airport and you could feel the chilling cold of winter in Boston. So full of excitement for the coming month, we drove to Sanjeev’s residence, a temporary home for Deerwalk visitors.
A regular day in the Lexington office starts with a sit-down session discussing issues on our products and our clients. It was a great learning opportunity, seeing the client issues our US team needs to face daily. The long calls with clients, communicating them to the Nepal team, staying up late at night to convey those issues to the team and then waking up early to figure out if all the issues and tasks were resolved. In the later part of the month, I was more occupied with working on test data for the UM module for Plan Analytics. I got to learn a great and efficient way of preparing test cases and data from our CTO, Jeff Rick. The 40-50 lines of data we used to prepare were converted to around 40-50K lines of data in no time.
I went to New Orleans the second weekend; it was a refreshing break from the cold in Boston. It was great to see my brothers after 3-4 years, and it was great fun roaming around French Quarter. The evening on Bourbon Street was amazing, walking on the street and trying different types and flavors of beer around the bars over there. I also went to Biloxi beach in Mississippi that same week. We got to drive over one of the longest over-water bridges in the world on the way. It was around 24 miles long. Though the climate wasn’t that good it was amazing to see the beach and feel the ocean for the first time. It was a small beach but it was great fun to hang out there. There was a light drizzle in the evening and the beach looked beautiful.
Boston was still cold for the third week of my visit. We went to the Science Museum that weekend and had yet another snow fall that evening, a snowfall that broke the record for most snow in a single winter in the history of Boston. Though it wasn’t that fun, I feel good to have been there for this record breaking moment. Roaming around Boston was fun. Driving with Sanjeev with our regular sit-down sessions talking about the issues and features of our products was also fun. He took me to all the shopping malls over there for grocery and shopping and not to forget different routes as far as possible.
The following weekend, I went to New York. New York is a 4 hour drive from Boston. I met my friends over there in New York. New York was really alive over the weekend. The crowd in Times Square, the yellow cabs and the traffic made it feel like real America.
The final weekend, I went to the Prudential Tower with Sagar. It is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Boston. The view from the top was amazing; we could see all of Boston. We went to MIT on the same day. Boston has a few world class universities: Harvard , MIT and Boston University. It was nice to actually get to see all of them.
I am grateful to Deerwalk for giving me a chance to explore this country of dreams. I want to specially thank Rudra and JeffG for creating this opportunity for Deerwalkers. I want to express my sincere gratitude to JeffR, Rob, Abanish, Sanjeev, Minal, Smriti, Namita, Anadi, Kevin and Gerardo for their hospitality during my stay. I am very thankful to Sanjeev, Sagar, Bikram and Ashay for being my guides and helping me out whenever necessary.
Jeevan Timilsina, Associate Software QA Manager, visited Deerwalk US office from March 2 to March 30, 2015.