09 April 2012

Bangalore or Bust: A Travel Log (Day 14)

Author's note: For the next several weeks, I'll be posting tidbits of a travel log, which I kept during a two-week business trip (the reason I was in sporadic contact with the world recently). Enjoy!

For those who haven't yet seen the other posts in this travel log, check them out:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10

Day 11
Day 12

Day 13 

(And again, if you're interested in seeing more photos than I'm providing, check out one of my co-workers' blogs from the same trip)

Day 14, Wednesday (3/7):

Today was our final day in Bangalore. It’s hard to believe that almost two weeks have passed since we first left Wichita, but there you have it. Today was filled with one final training session, than a final get-together with our respective teams to go over the plan from here. This was followed by plenty of group photos, and gifts given to us by our tremendous hosts. Then, it was time for a rather lengthy commute back to the hotel for packing up our gear, as our return flight would be leaving Bangalore at nearly 3AM Thursday.

When I arrived, I noticed there were no more flower petals on the bed or the bathroom, but at least they returned a vase of flowers to the bedroom table. I was beginning to think maybe they felt completely slighted, despite having tips come in every other day.

Tonight at the hotel, there was some sort of “family celebration” in one of the outdoor courtyard rooms, which has been the loudest event of the trip. Had to turn up the volume on the cricket match here in the room so I could hear…since I’m all packed up and ready to go. Still over five hours to go before we leave, and at least an hour before the Chinese buffet (which rocked last week) opens here at the hotel.

On the topic of cricket, even after nearly two weeks of watching matches, I still have the impression that it must be the most boring game ever to watch live (though I really enjoyed the 1-hour highlight episodes they keep showing from past matches). This is especially interesting, because baseball is far more exciting to watch live than to watch on television.

And that's all for today...be sure to come back for the final (yes, final) installment...

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