I still remember my first day in office. It was Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Back then, this company was just a start-up. Today, we can proudly consider Deerwalk as one of the largest and best IT companies in Nepal. The growth has been phenomenal and I consider myself lucky to be a part of this outstanding growth. At Deerwalk, I have always felt myself at home, from day one, where I am able to freely share my ideas, knowledge, and expertise. When the company decided to let me visit our US office located at 430 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA,
it was an opportunity for me to see the other side of the world from my own eyes.
it was an opportunity for me to see the other side of the world from my own eyes. I love travelling but this would be my first experience travelling outside the country and I was excited to experience the American life.
The route was Kathmandu – Doha – Boston. My flight was scheduled at 9:30 PM on July 10, 2016. I reached Doha, Qatar at 11:30 PM and my flight from Doha to Boston was the next day at 8:20 AM. So, the airlines offered me a room at Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel to spend a very comfortable night at Doha. I must say, the Qatar flight was simply awesome as they have very good service and delicious food. I reached Boston on July 11.
As I got out of Logan airport in Boston I could see two familiar faces with a big smile in the crowd: Sanjeev Tuladhar and Manish Luintel. They drove me to Sanjeev’s apartment in Belmont. My first day at the US office was just like my first day at school; I was a little nervous but super excited to learn new things in a different environment. I would like to thank all the staff there for being so caring and helpful which helped me settle easily. A normal day at Lexington office starts with a morning standup where we discuss issues and plan for the rest of the day. Soon after, everyone becomes busy with client calls, followups, and calls with Nepal Team. It was a pleasure getting to know fellow Deerwalkers especially Smriti, Liana, John, Messi, Namita, Rob, Ashay, Manish, Sagar, Dave, Jeff, Gerardo, Sushant, Ed, Obina and Kevin.
Manish was the “designated” tour guide / photographer. He showed me around Boston to show some popular places in the city: namely Harvard Square, Quincy market, Harvard College, and Boston Harbor. I also got to see the Downtown skyscrapers. I also tasted various cuisines: Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Thai. Nepal is a landlocked country and we do not have a beach which is why I really enjoyed my time at the beach in Boston.
Taking a stroll on the beach is such a calming experience and taking photos in the beach felt even better.
Taking a stroll on the beach is such a calming experience and taking photos in the beach felt even better. The most American thing I did during my stay in Boston was to watch a baseball game with Abanish. The tickets were provided by Dave (God bless Dave and America!). I also got a chance to visit different supermarkets and malls which were very different from the ones we have in Kathmandu. I went to a casino where I lost $ 5 and though it is not my proudest moment it definitely tops the list of exciting things that I did.
I also got the chance to make everybody in the office dance for a music video. Rebika and Liana helped me out on this. I must say every Deerwalker is a good dancer :).
New York Visit:
New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential center of art, culture, fashion and finance. I was desperately waiting for the weekend to begin and set out to explore New York. I traveled by Go Bus from Alewife Bus Station on Thrusday. My brother-in-law picked me at Manhattan and he took me to his apartment at Jackson Height, where I was warmly welcomed by his beautiful daughter and gracious wife. We went to visit the most popular places in New York: the World Trade Center Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Central Park, and Far Rockway Beach. I was traveling by train most of the time, which again was a new and exciting experience to me.
Check out my New York tour video HERE.
Thank You All:
- A very special thanks to Rudra and Deerwalk Management Team, for inviting me to the United States of America, and Muna, Smriti, Namita, Abanish, Manish, and Sagar for special lunches and dinners.
- I express my sincere gratitude to the Design team for taking care of all design work during my absence and Abanish for all the arrangements and support.
- I would also like to thank Sanjeev for his time and effort to make my stay comfortable and pleasurable. He is really caring and a very good father.
- Thank you Manish for being my tour guide
The month long US stay was a good time to rejuvenate in a new environment, reconnect with old friends, make new friends and learn the American culture and lifestyle. I made lots of memories in this US visit and look forward to make more in the days to come.
[Kanchan Raj Pandey, Design Manager at Deerwalk Services Pvt Ltd, Nepal, visited Deerwalk Inc, USA, from July 11 to August 12, 2016.]