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Niraj Shakya’s US Visit

It was the last Friday of January 2020; I had to depart for the US visit. I reached Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:00 PM with my family. At the airport, I met two of my colleagues and fellow travelers, Krishna Raj Dahal and Suresh Ghatuwa. The weather felt chillier as I waved goodbye to my family. With our heavy luggage and heavy hearts, we went through the security checks and boarded the Qatar flight to Doha at 2:00 AM. We had a 2-hour-long transit in Hamad International Airport, Doha, and another 14 hours of flight to Boston.

We arrived in Boston on Friday at around 2 PM and took a cab straight to the Extended Stay America, Burlington. Just as we were checking in, Abanish Dai arrived and guided us through. He gave us cell phones to be in touch with. We had a quick nap after the lengthy flight, and in the evening, Suresh Dai visited us. We took a quick look around the shopping mall and bought some groceries. We joined the US office from Monday morning, where we were welcomed dearly. We had a daily standup meeting at around 9:45 AM, where we introduced ourselves. I had many IT tasks assigned to me; I started working on them right away. Days went by as if in a jiffy.

We went to Boston Downtown on the weekend. We walked around Quincy Market and bought some souvenirs for the family back home. We had excellent food and drinks, and we returned to the Extended Stay. Next week, we went to New York City. I ate authentic Nepali food and felt truly satisfied. Rush in the city was overwhelming. Had it not been Suresh’s friend Tanchen, we would not have got a decent journey. I also had time to meet my brother Ashish Shakya in New York, who came to visit me from Delaware. We had a pleasant Nepali dinner and enjoyable Nepali music, and we returned to stay at Airbnb, Jackson Heights for the night. In the morning, we had breakfast before traveling to Boston.

During our stay in the US, our Nepali brothers and sisters invited us to lunch and dinner. It felt special, and we enjoyed these gatherings like a family. We cooked momos, played cards, and had beers. Deerwalkers in the US were thoughtful and took us out for food, helping us out in grocery shopping as well. We also got a chance to have lunch with Rudra Dai and Muna Bhauju. We never needed to ask for anything. Just as we started getting used to the US, it was time to bid goodbye. With lots of hugs and warm wishes, we took our last walk out of the Deerwalk office.

I had a splendid time in the US. I really enjoyed my stay there. I want to thank all my brothers and sisters in Deerwalk for making our stay in the US memorable.

[Niraj Shakya, Senior IT Engineer at Deerwalk Services Pvt. Ltd. Nepal, visited Deerwalk Inc, USA, from January 31, 2020 – February 29, 2020