I have always been fond of traveling. It was quite a chilly afternoon when we landed in Boston after almost 14 hours of flight from Doha. At the Extended Stay, Milan dai and Prashant dai gave us a walkthrough of the hotel and some itineraries for a month-long stay. It was quite an experience to get a Jet lag for almost 4 days. The weather in Boston began to show its effect from the day we landed. It was already chilly and then came the snow.
At the US office, I was happy to see many familiar faces: I have worked with most of them before from Nepal and some via hangouts/emails/deermine. Everyone was friendly and professional. The work environment differed from the Nepal office. Mostly, I was looking into the processing issues and some sprint tasks.
Apart from work, I got a chance to explore new places and cultures. Roaming around New York, New Jersey, and getting stuck in traffic till 2 in the morning was quite an experience. Thanks to Nitish for the trip. I also got a chance to see a live basketball game at TD Garden (Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers). All thanks go to Dave Hansen for providing us with the tickets to the game. Some experiences from NYC visit became useful this time as it was challenging to travel for the first time all by yourself using public transportation and train. Loitering around Burlington mall was a good time pass. Ice Skating at Kendall Square was pretty much fun; especially when you don’t know how to skate and keep falling. We visited Harvard Square, MIT, Boston Downtown, and Boston Common.
Deerwalkers gathered at Season’s 52 (a nearby restaurant) for the Christmas party. Also, the Yankee Swap at the office was memorable. All the people were wondering what they would get. Momo party at Suresh dai’s place, Christmas Celebration with Awanish dai and Neeraj dai family, GetTogether at Sagar Dai’s place made our days off worth remembering. Having lunch outside of the office with Mukta di and Smiriti was awesome. It was even fun buying groceries and cooking to which I was never used to. Nevertheless, life begins at the end of the comfort zone. Shorter day time and freezing weather were kind of annoying, but not much.
December 31st was the last day at the US office for the visitors of December along with Nitish Dhaubhadel and Krishna Panthi dai who had been working there. We all were returning to Nepal. We received a warm farewell with patron shots and lunch. All thanks to Dave, Jeff, and the Deerwalk US Family.
I had planned a surprise visit to my college mate who was in Chicago, but I was startled to know that he was traveling to Nepal that very month. Overall, it was a great and fruitful trip with a lot of memorable events and lessons. Thanks to the entire Deerwalk family for the opportunity.
[Madhukar Shrestha Senior Software Engineer at Deerwalk Services Pvt. Ltd. Nepal, visited Deerwalk Inc, USA, from Dec 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019]