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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34.365.2014 India Day One!

Ok… We arrived! So far, so good. The hotel is amazing, the food is pretty good and we have a great day catching up on sleep. I took an Ambien last night and slept for a good 8 hours. The I woke up for a delicious Indian lunch.

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We had wonderful massages to relax. I even scheduled 2 more! Then our local director from the India office met us and helped us find all of the shipping venues. Driving is crazy!!

We then went to Commercial Street to find some deals. And some stray dogs. It really bothers me.

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And now to bed after a pizza dinner.

21.365.2014 Jets

So I’m off!! Well, I was this morning… Off on the jet to Dallas. My partner and I hit 5 stores today all across the market. We had some great conversation getting to know each other. And great food… He lived here for two years so we had a great dive burger and some Mexican tonight. #fatkid

Here’s a view of the wintry Minneapolis leaving today. We left -14 and landed in 40-50. Nice!!

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13.365.2014 Getting It Done

Wow was I productive today! I got a ton done at work… Phone calls, reading extra articles, meetings, emails…

Then I headed off to the DMV to get my address changed on my license. It always take too long. Can’t this just be done online?

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I had an impromptu happy hour with a bestie. I picked up the pooch… Paid bills and am now relaxing watching some season premiers!

I even gave Diohgé a break from his collar!

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9.365.2014 Cancellations!

It’s been a long week and is going to be a fun week coming up. Lots of work… Lots of exciting projects. And I work with the best team. They are great…

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And of course this pooch is so much fun. He needs to have his paws on us when we are snuggling. I’m excited that my trips for tomorrow and next week got cancelled so I can stay home with him!

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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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