March 17, 2010

My last Post

The first post in this blog starts off by describing my aspirations in life and the purpose of my visit to USA.

Personal goals and preferences change with time... and so does mine. After a fabulous 7-year stay in United States, this may be the perfect time for getting back to my homeland (India), and achieve my entrepreneurial dreams while staying close to family. So, here I am in Chennai - India.

March 15 is my last working day in American Airlines as a Programmer Analyst. Now, I'm marching towards creating something BIG by entering into the world of business.

This is the last post for this blog... to mark the end of my stay in USA. Now, this blog of mine can be regarded as biography of my life in United States. I will keep you all posted of my ventures in India with a whole new blog (Cognitive Insight).

Thank you all for reading my blog... and Au revoir :)

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UPDATE: My new posts are at "Cognitive Insight"

November 29, 2009

Back to home

Back to home (Chennai - India)!!!

November 02, 2009

The Glamorous Vegas

Dates: Oct 30 - Nov 1
Hotel: The Trump, The Venetian
Flight: American Airlines
Airport: McCarran Intl Airport (LAS)

We flew to Vegas from Los Angeles after sunset... and stayed at 'The Trump' for the night. The following morning, we moved to 'The Venetian' and started exploring the city! The evening was spent in watching the breathtaking 'Le Reve' show at Wynn Theater, and we finished the day with a romantic dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Wynn. The next day was more relaxing as we strolled down the Vegas Strip admiring the architectural beauty of the casinos and a lil betting...

We visited...
All major Casinos along the Strip starting from Wynn to Excalibur

Enchanting Disneyland in LA

Dates: Oct 28 - Oct 30
Hotel: Hilton Anaheim
Flight: American Airlines
Airport: Los Angeles Intl Airport (LAX)

Surprise, surprise, surprise... This trip to Los Angeles (LA) was filled with surprises to Preethi. We celebrated her birthday in style at Disneyland... She had no clue where I was taking her until she saw the road sign to 'Disneyland Resort', and I was pleased to see the excitement in her!! We leisurely spent one whole day at Disneyland, and returned home after the fireworks. After exchanging gifts, the day ended with all smiles and happy memories :) We had just enough time to stroll along Hollywood Blvd the next day before we boarded the flight to Vegas.

We visited...
Disneyland at Anaheim
Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood Sign

Just Missed... Hope to see on my next visit (Or may be not...)
Universal Studios
Rodeo Drive at Beverly hills
Venice Beach Boardwalk

September 21, 2009

Boring Montreal

Dates: Sep 19 - Sep 22
Hotel: Sheraton Laval and Delta Montreal
Flight: American Airlines
Airport: Montreal, Canada (YUL)

We found the city mostly boring... esp compared to prime US cities like Chicago. We liked the Notre-dame basil where the intricate craftsmanship of the sculptures is worth appreciation. The visit to Biodome gave us a new experience of fauna... and we loved the cuppy cakes in Vieux Montreal.

We visited...
Carrefour Mall at Laval
Montreal BioDome
Olympic Stadium Observatory
Casino de Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica
Stroll along Saint-Laurent & Cartier
Underground City shopping

Just Missed... Hope to see on my next visit (Or may be not...)
Mount Royal
Botanical Garden

September 15, 2009

The striking Niagara falls

Dates: Sep 12 - Sep 13
Hotel: Marriott FallsView
Flight: American Airlines
Airport: Toronto, Canada (YYZ)

Preets and I loved the fallsview room at the Marriott. The changing colors of the falls after sunset was spectacular... and the view from Canadian side was just phenomenal. We loved the Maid-of-the-Mist ride, and had fun taking photos...

We visited...
Upper Rapids in Canada Niagara Falls
Maid of the Mist
Floral Clock
Glass Factory

Just Missed... Hope to see on my next visit
White Water Walk

August 31, 2009

Splendid Chicago

Dates: Aug 29 - Aug 30
Hotel: Hard Rock
Flight: American Airlines

What a beautiful city Chicago is!! We had one of the best times... starting with a cruise along the Chicago downtown river, and ending with an adventure fun on segways. Some shopping and pizzas are put in the mix to make this a very memorable weekend trip.

We liked our hotel "Hard Rock" more for its location than comfort... Residing in the most happening sweet-spot of Chicago, we did not put our rented car to much use.

We visited...
Michigan Ave (Magnificent Mile)
A very happening place... Shop, eat, and enjoy!

Architectural Cruise tour of Chicago Downtown
Structural Beauty... Jus cant miss it!

Pizza at Due's Pizzeria
Mmmm... its like a pizza I never had!

City Segway tour - The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Grant Park, Soldier Field, Lakefront, Chicago skyline viewpoint
Luv riding the segways... Feels like skating N biking - Two in One!

Millenium Park - Cloud Gate
The iconic Bean... photo fun!

Just Missed... Hope to see on my next visit
Signature Room at Hancock Tower (Magnificent Mile)
Willis (Sears) Tower
Navy Pier - Navy Pier AeroBalloon, Transporter FX simulator, Funhouse Maze
Art Institute of Chicago

August 24, 2009

The Heart of Bay Area - San Francisco

Our Itinerary...
Hotel: The Westin at SFO Airport
Dates: Aug 22 - Aug 23, 2009
Flight: American Airlines

Our trip to San Francisco was more romantic than all our prev trips... Jus loved the chill breeze, roller-coaster styled roads, scenic views, and the company of my lovely wife :) However, we missed the 'Half Moon bay beach' and the Marin-Headlands / Muir-Woods.

We Visted...
Bay Bridge - Boring n lengthy drive
Fisherman's Warf - Stream of bay styled restaurants & shops
Pier 39 - A nice outdoor hangout place
Ripley's believe it or not - Hard to believe
Ghirardelli Square - The best Hot fudge sundae icecream
Lombard street (Crooked) - Fun driving
China Town - Time pass shopping...
Golden Gate Bridge - magnificent construction & fantabulous walking experience
My cousin's house

August 17, 2009

Roadtrip to Austin

Our Itinerary...
Hotel: DoubleTree
Dates: Aug 15 - Aug 16, 2009

We Visted...
InnerSpace Caverns
IKEA store
Hotel Oasis during Sunset
Roundrock Premium Outlets
Texas Capitol Building
Friend's house

Just Missed... To visit next time:
Educational tour at UT Austin
Nature Watch & Hiking at Mt.Bonnell
Bats at the Bridge

July 06, 2009

Impromptu trip to Atlanta

On the second long-weekend (July 4) that got on my way after marriage, I tried for tickets to SanFransisco... but no luck this time too. Quickly checking the flight scenario to Atlanta, I found one that leaves Dallas in other 45 mins. Preets and I hurried to the gate located a few yards away. I called and spoke to my co-brother who lives in Atlanta to surprise him of our arrival.

On reaching Atlanta, we reserved a room at Sheraton and got into a convertible sports car (MBushi Eclipse). It took a few mins for me to get used to the car and its comfort. We spent the rest of friday doin nothing at the hotel... and had pizza for dinner.

The fun started on the next day (Saturday - July 4) when Mahesh accompanied us for sight-seeing in Atlanta. The famous attractions including "Coca Cola Museum" and the Aquarium are located in the downtown. Its refreshing at the Coke museum, where we got to taste sodas from around the world. I loved the emphasis of Coke on the Happiness aspect of life more than anything else. Watched a 4D film, imbibed free drinks, and glanced at a few Coke commercials. Its a very nice experience... and we all enjoyed it!!

Then, we walked to the aquarium in the next block. It is supposedly the largest aquarium in USA... and it is maintained by HomeDepot. Its fantastic!!! Preets being a fan of aquatic life, loved it very much. I was equally excited by the ambience and the feel of living in the middle of the ocean :)

We finished the day with some shopping in a mall, and dinner at ChowBaby. The next day (July 5), we visited the BAPS SwamiNarayan temple - once again the largest in USA. The interiors were simply superb, and we had enough time to experience the serenity in the temple. After our lunch, we had a lovely ride to the airport in a topless car on a cloudy day. We got into the flight.. and reached dallas safely. Our impromptu trip to Atlanta turned out very good :)

Hotel - Sheraton Gateway
Dates: July 3 - July 5, 2009
Airlines: American

Places of Interest:
Coke Museum
Swami Narayan temple (BAPS)
Shopping @ mall