35-38.365.2014 India Adventures

Well, I didn’t post much while I was gone… I woke up on Tuesday feeling great and ready to conquer the week.
I had one pot of coffee with Juan at breakfast and we ended up so sick by the time we got to the office. I really didn’t recover a ton… I think between jet lag and acid reflux, my stomach kicked my ass. I had good moments and horrible moments. So, lots of sleep and not lots of social media.

Therefore, here’s a 4 day post!! Get ready!

Tuesday we went to the office and met the team. They were awesome and so excited to show us their work. It blew our minds! That night we went to Jaxa’s house for a dinner with her leadership team. Jaxa is our Director in India. Her home is beautiful and the party was great.

What they used to cook several dishes:

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Bill, Jaxa and her prayer room.

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The two sides… Jaxa’s gated community and a shanty town for construction workers. Completely normal in India.

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Wednesday was another office day. The drive to work is always amazing. The culture is very evident at every turn.

Folks hired out to sweep the streets with coconut leaves. They are actually very clean.

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It’s not uncommon to see cows all over the roads. They eat trash and block drivers.

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Tons of motorbikes everywhere. Also, no one follows any lanes… You just drive and honk to make your way. There was no accidents. People walk across the middle of the street, they ride bicycles, multiple people ride on the back not holding on and playing with cell phones, and then add cars!

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The hotel we stayed in was gorgeous. Full scale comfort with beautiful architecture & design, ridiculous service and great food/bars. The dessert case!

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The pool.

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They had 4 cakes sculpted to different cartoons. Wow!

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Thursday was our last day in India. We had purchased “kurtas”, Indian shirts, to wear to the office and of course, they were red & khaki. I think the team loved them!

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After work, our driver Chandru took us to a meat/fruit/vegetable/flower market. It was pretty cool, but also quite different. We parked and walked around which meant crossing the street in the middle of traffic. It didn’t smell great… People were staring at us (remember the kurtas!). But why go to India and not take a risk!?

We headed to the meat market first and saw cages of birds – parakeets, pigeons, ducks. And then cages of puppies, kitties and other animals. I FREAKED OUT. Until the driver told me it was the pet store… The meat market was next door. 🙂

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We weren’t allowed to take photos in the meat market. It was nasty. But the veg and fruit market was amazing and beautiful.

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And the flower market was cool. They take flowers and design then into beautiful pieces. The one in this photo is for a new house blessing. Amazing!

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We also saw a beautiful church… The oldest in Bangalore. It was extremely peaceful.

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Of course a day at the market wouldn’t be the same without some cows and stray dogs.

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Although I didn’t feel the best all week, the trip was overall good to experience. I have a feeling we’ll be back this year. But for now, I was excited to come home!! My flight from Paris was delightful… Amazing pods and just relaxing.

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And of course, I got to see my pooch!! FaceTime while in India, but the best was his wagging tail when he saw me!

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345.365.2013 The View

I love the views in my life… Seeing beautiful things. I think that 3 years of photo blogging has given me the chance to see things in different ways.

The view of the Bay as we left today… Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Downtown San Fran and the fog.

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The view when I got home… Our new couch! And the boys too, of course.

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344.365.2013 San Francisco!!

I love this city… And traveling here for work on the fancy jet. I mean, what is there to complain about!?

The trip out was mostly snow until about the last 30 mins of the trip.

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The most beautiful store I’ve ever visited for the view… Seeing the bay and the bridge… Amazing!

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Then tonight we had a couple of hours to wander downtown. I REALLY love this city and finally got to see it decorated for the Holiday.

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I love sharing photos of the pooch… Here’s one I shared tonight!

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343.365.2013 Call Me Betty Crocker

I got so much done today!! First, I officially visited two stores with a local leader. Great visits and a great conversation.

Then I bought our second Christmas tree and hunted down some candy chocolate. When I got home, it was time for business. First, Dave left for a photo job. The pooch always knows to watch us leave from his special window.

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Then I cleaned up the garage and the yard before heading inside to make some delights. Easier than I thought!

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PS, they are delicious.

Then I started decorating for the Holiday. All done except for actually decorating the two trees. Tomorrow!

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Now it’s time to relax with some popcorn and wine. Well, it was time.

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341.365.2013 Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s here!! Thanksgiving and the kick off to the Black Friday weekend!!

We started off by commissioning our new Nespresso. Ben stopped by to try some as well. It was easy and delicious!

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Then we got ready and headed over to the Kemmetmueller’s for dinner. We had a blast with them and their family. Dave left a special present for them (sliced off a chunk of his finger!). Diohgé had a great time with Bailey and really enjoyed a Thanksgiving bone.

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Now on to the shopping and observing!

– Walmart: disaster as always.
– Best Buy: fairly organized. I was impressed. I might even go back and get some delights…
– Target: Very organized outside and I got to see some friends! The inside was all well organized and moving quickly.

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Now some after shopping treats.

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336.365.2013 Suite Life

I love the perks of the job… Tonight I got some tickets to the Timberwolves suite with co-workers and also brought MMZ & C. It was a fun time!

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Unfortunately, Zar-Bar wasn’t feeling well so we took off to get her some medication and sleep.

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When I got home, the pooch was excited to have some play time.

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And I was excited to enjoy a nice glass of wine.