Monday, July 14, 2008

Brussels Trip

Happen to go to Brussels on a business trip. What an experience!
First time I was all alone, on my own. Got to learn a lot of things. In fact it was more like I was sent there specifically to learn lots of things! :))

When I decided finally to take the opportunity and go, had so many comments, suggestions, advises, experience narrations etc. etc. etc. When you have two brothers who have traveled almost ½ of the globe between them I was getting advises on smallest of the things.

To start with, the weight allowed on airlines was 28 kilos as check in luggage. Phew! Only 28 kilos? One bag of 28 kilos or two bags of 28 kilos? :D

Finally, after all preparation and anticipation I got checked in without any issues and reached without any issues. Number of people eliciting from flight to Brussels were 5. Me, one couple and two boys. Rest were taking connecting flight to SF. Brussels Airport is HUGE!! You have to walk and walk and walk to get out. The airport was all empty except we five people. Compared to our Airports it looked so strange. Even if we take out all passengers we still have so many employees left in our Airports. Here there was hardly any.

Out of the airport, I was not sure where to look out for Taxi. So I asked a guy, “Where can I get a Taxi?” He said “No English”. : )) Waw! I mean common thik a, you don’t understand English, but “Where” and “Taxi” could also not be understood?

Got the Taxi. I had to pick up the keys and from couple of apartments from there was my apartment. The taxiwala was not ready to wait till I pick up the keys. Ok yaar, fine.

Finally reached the apartment. And it was beautiful! Fully furnished and with nice view. First day reached office on time and then onwards following the routine was no big deal.

In mean time, once the taxi to take me office never arrived, could not get appropriate fit for my laptops power cord, the boiler in my apartment decided to stop working on Saturday which was start of the long weekend before Christmas ( with temperature reaching -5 C) , Night lamps bulb went out, Tv’s remote stopped working on and on. All this in less than 3 weeks I was there.

Over all the experience on client site was good. I also get to do some sight seeing.
And got to live on my own like in hostel which I always wanted to try out. I was so so home sick. After the whole experience realizing big time how important is my family for me.

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