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[Danville, VA] Around 9 am Wednesday morning, I was all set to head to Danville, VA – the little town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge where I spent my college years. I have driven the Richmond – Danville route many times and despite the fact that haven’t been to this area in at least 5 years, I knew it probably had not changed much. After a short drive on a… Read More

[Washington, DC] All along we’ve been checking the forecast for our trip and Wednesday, Oct 26th was supposed to be a partly sunny day with temperatures in the low 70s. During my morning run in Alexandria, the weather was beautiful and it was shaping up to be a relatively warm Fall day in the metro DC area. So we embarked on our walking tour of DC lightly dressed and without an umbrella…. Read More

[Alexandria, VA] We landed in Washington DC around 10 pm Tuesday night. We picked up our rental car – a little sporty Nissan Versa that I really like – and hopped on I-495, also known as the Capital Beltway. The Beltway is notorious for congestion but we were surprised to find bumper to bumper traffic this late in the evening – we were down to one lane because of construction. It didn’t… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] With my final post from CMS 2011, I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned from traveling for 3 weeks with 60 people. 1. Traveling in a large group is like herding cats. Literally. 2. It is possible to drink a can of Red Bull and promptly fall asleep. 3. When eating in a foreign country, you can ask “What’s in it?” but so many times. Like… Read More

[Hong Kong, China] Our last day of CMS! It came so quickly, yet at the same time it felt as if months had passed since we first embarked on this trip! There were still quite a few places to see in Hong Kong but there were only a few hours left before our dinner reception at Victoria Peak. Therefore, we went to a couple of places close to the hotel. Our first… Read More

[Hong Kong, China] Monday and Tuesday were both whirlwind days in Hong Kong. We were in a race with time to see as many attractions as possible. Monday morning started out with our usual country briefing. We had a little bit of time for lunch before the city tour, so went to a Dim Sum place right by our hotel. We didn’t have any Asians with us this time so it was… Read More

[Hong Kong, China] On the bus ride from the Hong Kong Airport to the hotel, someone said, “Did you guys notice? NO HONKING!!!”. Someone else said, “Yeah, and there are only motorized vehicles on the highway!” I don’ think there was anyone in our group who didn’t long for normalcy after a week in India. Upon arriving in our hotel around noon, we all went across the street to the 7-Eleven to… Read More

[Mysore, India] Faced with the prospect of spending the entire Saturday in Bangalore with hardly anything to do and a late flight to Hong Kong (11 pm), we decided to take another road trip instead. The destination: Mysore, the cultural capital of the state of Karnataka, and a city known for its palaces and temples.

[Bangalore, India] We arrived in Bangalore late Wednesday night. As soon as we stepped outside the airport, we breathed a sigh of relief – Delhi’s oppressive heat was gone! The temperature was somewhere in the low to mid 80s – temperatures we probably had not seen since starting the trip! Bangalore got off to a good start! Our first excursion was first thing Thursday morning when, enticed by some free time and… Read More

[Gurgaon, India] Tuesday was another whirlwind day in New Delhi. We started off with an interview at Times of India – a major newspaper in the country. When we arrived at the Times of India building, we told the security guy we were there to see Ajay Vaishnavi. He took our names, gave us a visitor pass and sent us off to the second floor. There, we told the next security guy… Read More