Friday, July 15, 2005

My First time in USA

Firstly, I was very busy for a few weeks... so was kind of away from the blogworld. Well I was in Hyderabad for official reasons for 2 weeks, now this was coz i had to come to USA. Had some training, so was in hyd for 2 weeks. I had to be in US by monday, so left India on Saturday - 9-Jul-05. Will never forget the date, coz of many reasons...

Well i had never seen an airport in my lifetime, and i had to change 4 flights. This was really scary. What if i lost my baggage??? What if there is any problem?? What if i face problems during immigration?? i had all these fears. We reached the airport quite early, I was so anxious... My family was there, but still i was so tensed that dint speak to them properly.

My first flight was to Mumbai from Blore. I was so scared of this itself. But then how those 1.5 hrs...dint realize. Luckily i got a window seat. Saw blore from such a height... felt like i am on top of he world. So much lights... and everything was so nice and beautiful....Well finally landed in Mumbai and then.... off to the international airport after a little confusion...

This flight was till Paris and then after the stop over it was to NY...Well till to Paris was good...There were 2 movies..well i slept for the first movie, then watched the secind.... we finally reached Paris after a long journey...Well in Paris we had nearly 2 hrs of stop over... we never realized how those 2 hours went by as we had to go thru a lot of security check.... the whole time we had to go from one terminal to another.... from one gate to another...was just so fed up with that... but then finally the flight started off from Paris.....

We reached NY around 12.30 PM on Sunday... I was so tensed... scared....would everything go fine..I was very excited about all this... and then finally from NY...went to Atlanta...then finally reached Macon...

My proj mates came and picked me up from the airport.... it is quite a beautiful places... not many people around....no people on road.... lots n lots of cars... it finally sunk into me.... I have reached US... and this was my first time in US...

23 comments:

Woodooz said...

Aarthy,

I can realy relate to all this coz I experienced the same just about a month back, and u know that.

I had to learn the theory of immigration, security clearance etc... so that I do really mess up when i am there in the airport. Luckily my boss who holds a green card was with me, and so it turned a lil easy for me.

In fact, i was in the same flight, but there were 4 stops inbetween. And I managed to see a total of 13 movies while flying. :o)

So, how long are you gonna be there ? Whenz u gonna be back ? Am sure you wud write a travelogue, the one that I really did not know how to write.

Have fun and enjoy your stay :o)

Art said...

well i actually planned to write so much more about the trip.... but then... thoguht i dont want to bore ppl by writing all that....

I was so confused but there were proper directions, so dint face that much of prob...

I might be here for another year or so.. not very sure.... :)

I too hope to enjoy the trip ")

Vivhyd said...

art.. welcome to the land of Uncle Sam.. :)) .. well u sure could have had a better itinerary than the one u had.. direct to Atl.. tht is.. have fun.. yup.. its always more cars here than anything else... Atlanta is really nice place.. so are the rest.. enjoy and have fun.. and do make a trip up here in the coolest of them all NorthEast.. and who knw u cud meet a fellow blogger again :))

Akruti said...

And while u are there,have loads of fun and enjoy as much u can,gather all the moments,comeabck with lots of memories:) and keep writing all your exp:) and throughout the post i am imagining the sweet simple girl i met facing it all with her chin up but tensed deep inside:) way to go girl,god bless

jack said...

Welcome, Welcome

Unknown said...

yeah, that's the kind of experience anyone would have visitng USA for the first time! Enjoy maadi! keep us updated about all the interesting happenings there!

codeextracts said...

Hey,

Welcome back Arathi.

US!! That's so nice!

I've never travelled via air. I hope I get some good onsite projects too, after an year I'm in the s/w industry.

Nice post :) Post more experiences about the people there, the different lifestyles, things you miss, things you'd like to be introduces in India and stuff. I'd love to read it.

And yes, the entry I posted about TCS - It doesn't have any confidential info about the company. It's just a summary of the Q1 results that TCS posted at its Investor's Relation section on its website. Nothing confidential at all. And the rest were my opinions.

But you seem to be expereinced, so please inform me with what was wrong with that post. :) I may be wrong.

Art said...

vivhyd,
well i surely could have got a better iternary... but things werent confirmed there... so had to take this up...

hey would surely love to meet if i come over there...

Neels,
Well i was surely very tensed... but i had to all that... but it was nice... i wanted to do things independently.. and i am getting a chane to do it too...

Senthil,

Thanks a lot and welcome to the blog...

Srini,
Will keep u updated.

Fictioanl Reality,
Nothing was wrong... it was just a word of caution...:)
Well i will surely write about my exp here... lots to write

Karthik L G said...

hey art enjoy ur stay thr. Looks like u still havent got over ur tensions with all the spelling mistakes n minor errors in ur post..just kidding ahh ;-)

Art said...

Karthik,

Thanks.. by the way spell mistake n minor errors are not coz of tension.. u can find that in all my posts :)

I dont review my post before posting... and this post i wrote for 2 days...

Gangadhar said...

All the very best,Arathi!!

Art said...

Thanks Gangadhar..:)

GS said...

I had a similar experience when travelling to Singapore. First flight ... first time airport, immigration ... blah blah!

glad to know you and your baggage :) reached safely. Have fun, Art! Is this permanently or have you gone there for a project?

Neel Arurkar said...

Hey Art, enjoy your time in the US. Never knew that you had started blogging, till I stumbled upon your blog!

Smyta said...

Hey artzzzzz:-)

Wow ! Me so happy for u...Have a blast of a time in USA..I am sure u will get a lot to fly now that u r in USA...Keep posting ur experiences..and we will see USA thru' ur eyes..:D

Will look out for more picts too:-)

Smiles etc.,

Smyta

Art said...

Gayathri,
Its not for permanent... i am on a project... may be for a year or so...

Neel,
Welcome to the blog...and keep coming :)

Smy..,
Will surely post a lot.. And will post a lot of pics too.

Visithra said...

Hey gal How are you :)

Now we'll be hearing about travelling in the US :))

You enjoy settling in and the new experience :)))

Het Waghela said...

Hi Artz,
Thats gr8 to know about ur first day in the US.
Hey u passed by from here (Mumbai), hope it was fine as I am here since few months now and for person who is new it might be bit difficult to go around. But it seems all was well for u.
Have a gr8 time there.

Art said...

visithra,

will surely write about my experiences here.. with pics... :)

Het,
Well i dint have that much trouble at mumbai... just that the shuttle to international airport was half an hr late.. and i was a bit tensed with that... but that was no prob at all.. .and we dint go anywhere outside the airport... so it was just totally fine :)

Unknown said...

Sounds lovely Art. All the best in the US. Have fun

Potpourri said...

So you can get the Godivas yourself..Enjoy your stay here..

I was also scared the first time I flew..but it is really nothing isn't it? :)

Art said...

Wicked Angel,
Thanks and welcome to my blog... :)

Potpourri,
Well i wish to... but i dont mind u getting them for me...

Ya as the journey goes on... it kind of becomes Monotonous...

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