The departure date of my flight to the US for the visit to Deerwalk office headquarters was a bright Sunday morning. I had never been to the US before, so I was both nervous and excited, as it was my first time traveling such a great distance alone. I was hoping for a pleasant journey and was not disappointed. I reached New York on Monday (8th February) and it was snowing outside, which I enjoyed very much as it was the first time I had seen snowfall live. At Boston Logan airport, Suresh and Sanjeev picked me up and we headed towards Sanjeev’s residence. On our way, I saw the houses, trees, roads and shops all covered with snow and the view was really pretty. I enjoyed the whole ride through.
I had only one month to stay in the US and I wanted to make the most of it. I wanted to learn about the culture and how operations take place at the Deerwalk US office. My first day at the office went wonderfully well. Everyone was ever so caring and helpful. We have only a few people in US office accomplishing a lot of the work. A typical day starts with a morning stand-up discussing generic (not client specific) issues. Client specific issues are discussed later on with respective USDM, AM and CSM. One thing that really surprised me were people attending meetings for 4+ hours continuously. During my stay, my top priority task was to analyze and verify all client-reported issues before sending them back to the Nepal team. Discussing requirements, issues and features of the product with Bikram, Sanjeev, Namita, and Suresh was also fruitful. Life in the US seems easier than in Nepal, but when it comes to work it is way more arduous. Deerwalkers in the US office barely get 2 to 3 hours of free time during the evening, and the rest of the time they remain continuously busy with client calls, follow-ups with the Nepal team, replying to Nepal team questions, and providing sign-off.
I was desperately waiting for the weekend to visit New York. When I finally got there, however, my excitement was nullified when I experienced the extremely cold weather of the city. After putting on layers and layers of dresses, we finally stepped out and enjoyed the city. Sky-high buildings, overly crowded roads, and the high traffic volume made me feel like I was in the real US. I got the chance to visit Times Square, Central Park, Manhattan, and the World Trade Center. The second city I visited was Los Angeles. My flight to LA was very early in the morning on Saturday, which was fine as I could barely sleep because of all the excitement. The flight was quite long, so I had plenty of rest on the flight and was all pumped up for LA by the time I landed. Streets there were pretty busy, with a whole lot of interesting people. We managed to visit Santa Monica Beach and Long Beach, and we even got to see the beautiful sunset. We went hiking in the Hollywood hills and also visited the Hollywood walk of fame in the evening. My next destination was Las Vegas. I had heard a lot about it from TV and movies. Las Vegas is famous for the lights, big hotels and gambling. I was excited that I got to be in Las Vegas. Las Vegas was beautiful and bright with all the lights. We managed to see Bellagio water fountain, Hoover Dam and many other interesting places in Vegas. In summary, I really enjoyed the hot weather, beaches, and lights of LA and Vegas.
I still had two weekends left and as the Boston weather was getting better, we went to see the downtown area of the city. We also visited Quincy, Harvard, and the Science Museum. I got a chance to enjoy street dance, snow tubing and a live local basketball game between the Celtics and the Jazz in Boston. My stay in Boston was eventful. A bucket full of thanks to Abanish, Ashay, Bikram, Namita and their families; also to Muna, Rebika and Liana. Despite the busy schedule, these guys managed to call me for dinner and lunch, and took me out to enjoy different varieties of food. Special thanks to Sanjeev, Abanish, Ashay, and Suresh for taking care of me and helping me throughout the duration of my stay, you guys really made my trip special. Also thanks to Sushant, Gerardo, Anadi, Jeff, Rob, Edward and Obina for being so courteous.
Thanks to Rudra and Jeff for providing me this opportunity to visit the US office.
[Sulekha Bhandari, Principal QA Engineer, visited Deerwalk Lexington Office from February 8, 2016 to March 09, 2016.]