India: the first week
August 29, 2007
Howdy from the garden city. The first week here has been a total blur, but I’ll try to summarize as best I can.
The flight was one by far the longest I’ve ever experienced. Two 9 hour flights back to back with an hour delay in Chicago (of course). My 5 US co-workers and I landed to the sight of a sign proclaiming “if your name appears on this list, please talk to an agent at the counter.” All our names were on the list. All our bags were in the Frankfurt airport. We were in the Bangalore aiprort. Oh well.
We quickly packed into a couple of cabs and rode over to our hotel. I called a few people and went to sleep.
The next day, I could see a bit more of our surroundings. We’re staying in an area called the Diamond District in Bangalore. The district is composed of a bunch of residential blocks and a corporate building, which is where ThoughtWorks office is. It’s a nice, short, 3 minute walk.
We quickly got into our training routine, which is basically classroom work from 9-6 each day. However, we’ve had tons of time to get involved in open source projects (we’ve started one here and will continue to work on it in a distributed manner after the trip), eat at a million restaurants and see a lot of the city. Here is a quick list of interesting things I’ve learned:
- Indians become temporarily insane when getting behind the wheel of a car
- Crossing the street is a scary. Scary as hell
- Indian food is amazing. Fried daal, tika masala, masala dosa and veg hydrabad are some favorites so far
- The head wobble is extremely confusing
That’s it for now, more updates coming soon. In the mean time, check out my photos.