I wake up this morning and find the hotel overrun with Japanese tourists. I know they’re Japanese because they are all dressed in white with orange scarves that say “Japan” on them. Looks like some kind of tour or organization on tour. My voice is completely trashed. I can barely talk. Later on we go […]
I give my talk to the engineers today. I speak for about five hours. I make it through 35 of my 37 slides and my voice gives out completely. One of the dev leads completes the last two slides for me. After work we go out to an english style pub. I try a hookah […]
My throat is much better, I can talk today. Other than that, no news.
Pretty much all work today. I’ve come down with laryngitis and I’m supposed to do a presentation for the engineers on Friday. Hope it gets better. The office scores tickets for an international cricket match on Saturday. Cricket is a Really Big Thing in India. Everyone is excited.
Pretty much work during the day. This evening we went out to Ravi’s neigborhood, Palm Meadows, which is the kind of a walled community that you’d see in San Jose. We went to dinner at the country club, which has two restauraunts in it. We ate outside. It was remarkably like being in San Jose, […]
Busy work week, catching up for week’s activities. Mostly just work today, but heard a bunch of fireworks in the evening. Found out later it was National Children’s Day, a cause for celebration (at least with fireworks)
Sightseeing in Bangalore. The car & driver (I borrowed him for Sunday) picks me up at 7:30 AM. It takes about 45 minutes to get downtown where he drops me off. After 20 minutes or so, a guy points me to the tour bus. Some more people get on the bus. About 9:00, we start […]
Friday in India. I get my local India phone SIM card, so I guess I’m a local now. I sign up for a bus tour of Bangalore on Sunday. The office folks are incredibly accommodating about setting things up for me. Everyone insists I won’t be able to get around by myself, which is probably […]
Another day of work. See picture for a view of the traffic on the way to work. We had lunch catered on the patio (see picture). The food is really good, haven’t met a dish I haven’t liked yet. A follow-up to the poor skype experience the other day: it works way better when I’m […]
Yesterday was my first day in India. My hotel costs 900 rupees a night, which is less than $20. It is nice and clean, but not fancy. The staff is very friendly and speaks good english. A fancy hotel here costs over $300 a night, there’s a huge difference between bargains and high end costs […]