It is very rare that we find people who dislike traveling and exploring places and to me, it is one of the best things one can do during their entire life. I was having mixed feelings about my trip to the United States, especially because this was my first one. I was super-excited about the idea of visiting those wonderful places in the US that I had been hearing about from my friends and colleagues. After a long wait, I departed to Boston on Sunday, June 5. After a twenty eight hour long flight, I landed in Boston. Sanjeev picked me up from the airport and drove me to his apartment in Belmont. The next day, we headed to the US Office in Lexington. I was awed by the warm welcome by every US team members there. I didn’t know what jet-lag was until I was troubled by it for that first week. The first weekend, we went for a hike in Minute Man National Park with Sagar, Rudra, and his family. It was an exciting experience.
As of the plan of my trip, a flight to Chicago was scheduled on June 12. The client’s office is in downtown Chicago. It had been almost three years since I first started working with the client, and obviously I was eager to meet them in person; especially G, Wendy and Bryan. Bill picked me up from the airport on Sunday evening in Chicago. I wanted to take most out of the visit in my two weeks of stay there. Chicago is a beautiful city with unique architecture of each building. I started exploring the city by myself. I got a chance to attend the classic live free concerts at Millennium Park which was very entertaining. The SkyDeck experience from 103rd floor of Sears Tower was truly marvelous. I could see beautifully built skyscrapers and Lake Michigan at the distance which complemented the natural and man-made wonders. I visited a lot of places in Chicago including Lincoln Park Zoo, the Science and Industry Museum, and Buckingham Fountain. I could not stop thanking Bill, Barbara and their family for their help, guidance and care towards me during my stay there. I am glad I got this opportunity to explore American culture by staying with an American family. Although there are plenty of differences between American and Nepalese culture, I found that every American was cooperative, helpful and respectful to others. I had a few technical trainings and knowledge transfer between me and the team members in the client’s office. I found that it’s very easy to work together with the team onsite, rather than from Nepal’s office. Also, the team outing to Chinatown was remarkable, although I couldn’t find so many things to eat for me.
I got back to Boston after two weeks long client visit in Chicago. During the weekend, I went to Harvard University in Massachusetts. My first beach experience in Good Harbour Beach with Deerwalkers and their family was magnificent. For the last long weekend, I was excited to visit New York City. I met five of my college friends there. We had lots of fun. I got to experience the hustle and bustle of New York. The nightlife was amazing, no wonder, has it been called ‘the city that never sleeps’. I got to visit World Trade Centre memorial where the names of people who passed away on 9/11 are carved on floridly designed structures. The cosmopolitan crowd, the rush, tourists posing for pictures, the chill breeze, mesmerizing view of city lights and shiny high rises while strolling on Brooklyn Bridge will always remain in my memory. Later that day, I visited Times Square which probably had the largest crowd I had seen during the whole trip. I could see people performing street shows, arts, music and a whole lot of visitors watching in pleasure, with the blinding city lights and ornate structures around me. I enjoyed trying several cuisines, street food, buffets and what not. The Boardwalk at Atlantic City was wonderful. I was glad that I could get some Casino experience there though it’s not my forte.
On July 7, I flew back to Kathmandu. Although the trip was short, I tried to explore and learn as much as possible. I got to visit three cities: Chicago, Boston and New York during this short period. I got back with so many memories and experiences and I will always cherish those moments. First of all, I would like to thank Milan and all the team members, without whom this trip would not have been possible. I am thankful to all my friends for their help during this trip. Thanks are due to Rudra, Muna and the whole Deerwalk family for providing this opportunity to visit the United States.
[Krishna Panthi, Principal Engineer at Deerwalk Services Pvt Ltd, Nepal, visited Deerwalk Inc, USA, from June 5 to July 7, 2016.]