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Where is B16? Bangalore, India!?

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by B16, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. B16

    B16 Super Moderator VIP

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    Yes!

    So here I am in Bangalore India. I was sent here for work to meet the people from our office out here and train my guy out here.

    The trip consisted of 22 hours of flight time. I left SFO airport at 1:00 a.m. early Sunday morning. I arrived in Hong Kong for my first lay over, around 6:00 a.m. Monday morning HK time. Damn date border, lost Sunday almost completely. :p So I had a few hours to walk around Hong Kong before flying to Singapore for my last layover. Finally arrive in Bangalore at 10:00 p.m. Monday night. It sounds like 2 days of travelling, I guess it almost was. I think it took me a total of 30 hours to get here. Luckily my wife gave me some killer sleeping pills. I slept for 10 hours of the 14 hour flight from SF to HK.

    So I arrive in Bangalore, its pouring rain. I slip and fall on my ass walking out of the airport, score! Luckily my company has sent a driver to pick me up because I have no idea where the hell I'm going. Addresses are a little different here. They use land marks, and streets that are near the building to describe the address. It is completely confusing.

    So now we begin our ride into the city. This is when I realize its a good idea I didn't rent a car and attempt to drive myself. So these guys here appear to have no rules on the road. You can drive on either side of the road and there aren't many traffic signals. If there are traffic signals, they are usually ignored. Every time a car passes another car, they honk. This ensues into a barrage of honking from all sorts of cars.

    The people are extremely friendly here. Service at resturaunts is nothing like what you'll get in the states. They do EVERYTHING for you short of putting the fork in your mouth. When they open your bottle of beer, they first present it like it is a bottle of wine, ensureing you have the correct vintage of Kingfisher. :) Luckily these guys have been picking the resturants for me. They've been telling me of horror stories of Westerners eating at the wrong place and getting horrible food poisoning. Also, don't drink the water, treat it like Mexico.

    So I'm here for a few more days, I head back Saturday morning flying through London. So yes, I fly completely around the world. India is 12.5 hours ahead of my regular PST time, so either direction you fly it takes the same amount of time. It is literally on the other side of the planet.

    I'll be updating with more photos as I pull them off my camera. I got some good "incar" footage from my taxi ride, its quite amusing. I'm having trouble pulling those avi files off my camera and I have no way to compress them here.

    Here is where I'm located
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sad...633139&sspn=0.004727,0.00677&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17

    Stay tooned for pics...
     
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  2. 94H_Ex

    94H_Ex Under employed

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    dude thats awsome. India eh. I hear the economy isnt that great but like you said the people are great. sounds like a lot of fun. Not only are you on the other side of the world. but you didnt pay anything to go there. Freebie am i right?
     
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    Better be freebie, I'm on the clock! :D Yes, quite cool, I get a vacation also on the companies tab. :)

    Actually, the economy is starting to boom here in Bangalore. This is the silicon valley of India. So I came from one silicon valley to another. :p
     
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    so are you training your replacement?
     
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    haha, everyone says that! no, he is to help my team, he works under me. :)
     
  6. George777

    George777 ^^ Likes Bewbies

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    What exactly is it that you do for your company?
     
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    B16 Super Moderator VIP

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    Engineering Lead for Development Architecture Infrastructure. :)
     
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    so do you see a shit load of monkeys everywhere?
    i hear they're out of control in india
     
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    B16 Super Moderator VIP

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    You mean like these guys?

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    :D
     
  10. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    the monkeys or the indians ?
     
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    be sure to bang galore in bagalore :)
     
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