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From Argentina, to Egypt, Ecuador, Europe, India, Japan, and even the Panama Canal, you'll hear about my exciting adventure stories, tips, personal experiences, and cultural information. You'll be able to read my stories about my Indian culture and the traditions and holidays my family experiences. I also provide a taste of the trips I have been on and some of the interesting people and opportunities I have had so far. I'll keep updating about all of my journeys. Also, take a look at the different pictures from all around the world as you go...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I get to use Pinterest at work!! How fun is that?

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My view from my room.

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Derpy Intern Experiences

Now, the NYC intern experience begins.
Day 2 - Monday, June 2
I’m working at a company called Dakorum. It’s a home decor startup that imports products from all around the world.
It got off to an interesting start. I started my journey from 55th and 2nd to Park Ave, and then headed south towards 42nd street. I immediate fell in love. I was surrounded by huge skyscrapers and others who were going to work as well. Why is everyone in New York so beautiful? Everyone was dressed in the cutest, sharpest business attire, and I was in awe. The walk was a little longer than expected and I got into the elevator of my building at exactly 8:59, just in the nick of time! Upon arriving to my office, I was greeted kindly by my bosses Andres, and Rachel, which I will probably be talking about a ton this summer. Derpy intern experience #1Andres proceeds to tell me a little bit about what I was going to do that do and asks me if I brought my computer. I didn’t. HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW? ): Rachel was so sorry and blamed herself for not telling me. I should have known to bring it anyway. So the solution? Go back home and get it. That’s about a mile away! Being the new intern, I offered to walk, but Rachel have me a metro card. I’ve never taken the New York Subway on my own. I took it once with Aditi over winter break, and other than that, just London. It was going to be an adventure. So I headed back on the 6 train, uptown. It was easy! I was home and back at the office in no time.
They had me jump right in. I immediately started doing research on features that we can have on our social media sites. I started developing a  list on Excel.
I later went to lunch with my cointerns, Christina and Yijoung (I think that’s how you spell it?) They are nice. 
By 2pm I felt exhausted of ideas, but I had a lot of time to go. I’m not used to a full work day. I’m used to class from 10-3ish and then homework. And I had a really long list! I was out of ideas.
But I stuck through and got out of work at about 6pm.
Then I met up with Aditi and Christina and we walked to Times Square to check out this cool food festival, Taste of Times Square. There were a ton of people! We even ran into some friends.
We decided to eat at a Thai place (Yum Yum something) on 9th ave. I was really proud of Aditi for trying something new. We talked about our days at work and it was a lot of fun. 
I thought to myself, this is going to be an amazing summer. Working in New York. Talking about my day with my friends. Meeting new people, experiencing new things. It’s so exciting.
I ended my night with a brief workout at the gym, gotta stay in shape for Raas!
Day 3 - Tuesday, June 4
I got up bright and early, like 7:30, for my next day of work. I’m happy that work is casual because I really don’t feel like working in a suit all day. My bosses are super nice and chill and it’s a really informal work environment. 
On my walk on Park, I fell in love with the city even more. It felt awesome. I was eating my Clif Bar, walking to work. I’m getting used to it! I can do this every day. I was the first intern in the office (trying to do this every day - gotta make those good impressions) and I got working right away. I had a one-on-one with Rachel to discuss my progress and I was able to show her a lot. I was super enthusiastic while expressing my ideas and we had a good conversation. I went onto phase two of my project, which was organizing my brainstormed list into categories for potential features. I got on this right away and finished by lunch.
My cointerns and I headed to lunch at Bryant Park. It was a beautiful day. The park was full, of people on their lunch break of course! It was literally surreal. Eating lunch around all of these people who come from so many different areas - all in the same place - NYC. So many things can happen, for so many different types of people. This city is where dreams come true.
When I got back to work, I took my lists to a whole new level, making Excel sheets with many different categories. I was on a roll with my ideas and I’m super excited to show Rachel tomorrow! I saw this really awesome video about Pinterest and how to make your Pinterest better. Coolest. Thing. Ever. I was on a roll with my notes. 
At around 4pm, I started to feel exhausted again, so I decided to get some coffee! Here comes derpy intern experience #2: When I filled my coffee, my cup only filled about halfway, so I decided to press the button again. As the coffee was reaching the top of the cup, the machine was not stopping and I was starting to panic. I quickly grabbed another cup and ninjad it into the machine while taking the other cup out. …Funny part is - some lady was standing behind me totally wondering what I was doing. #newgirlprobs I just laughed it off and headed back to my office. The rest of the day was pretty productive. And yet another derpy intern experience -  #3: When the coffee started to kick in, I was really getting into my Pandora station (Classic - MKTO —> good stuff!) I realized that I was dancing in my chair while doing my work. I quickly looked around to see if anyone noticed. They probably did. They probably judged me. Do  I care? Nahhhh! I was having fun :)  
Got dinner with Megs and Shilps and did a Zumba workout with my other roomate Sindhu! Overall, a great day. - can’t wait for tomorrow!-
Night <3

Leia Mais…

This Summer Takes me to NYC

From May 31-August 9
Day 1 - Sunday, June 1
..So excited. Shilpa comes today! We have another suitemate too! Looking forward to the summer. It’s gonna be great. Explored the city for a little last night. TImes Square is only ten blocks away. Rode the Toys R Us Ferris Wheel! The view from my window is amazing. Tomorrow is my first day of work.
So many emotions - all positive <3 

Leia Mais…

Friday, August 2, 2013

So i wasn't able to post when I was on vacation with me family but...

Here's a video with some of my pictures!!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Day 22 Pictures: Stonehenge, Bath

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Day 22: Rocks and Pools

We set off at about 8:30 for Stonehenge. It was really close and at first we drove by it quickly. It was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. IN pictures, they make it look so grand. We were given an audio guide with our entrance tickets that took us around the site explaining the history and theories behind it. Although it was just a bunch of rocks, it was cool. I can now just say that I’ve been there.
Then, we drove to Bath, which was about an hour away. It was a really cute city, with shops, cafes, and cute little streets. It was a beautiful day and there were many people there. First, we went to the Roman Baths. We saw the different types of baths, hot springs, and rooms in which people changed, exercised, or got massages. It was really neat and we learned about the traditions of the time. The museum took us through, all the way to 400 A.D. I even drank some of the mineral water at the end! It was disgusting…
Then, we visited the Abbey Cathedral, which was really pretty inside. I’m always amazed at the stained glass windows and organs.
We got some milkshakes and walked through the city. We went over a bridge alongside a gorgeous park. There were people playing cricket and an orchestra that had won some Britain competition this year.
We also visited the Royal Crescent, this cool living complex. People were having picnics outside and it was really pretty.
Overall, a very pleasant visit to Bath.
We then drove to Cardiff and had dinner at an Indian restaurant, Spice Quarter, in the shopping district near our hotel. It was really quiet because it was a Sunday evening.
Played bukharo till almost midnight again.
I took the bukharo twice :)

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Day 22 Pictures: Salisbury

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Day 22 – Goodbye London, Hello Family

My parent’s were coming today!!! Yayayyayay. I was super super excited to see them. In the morning, I said my goodbyes to my friends. Then, I finished up my packing and headed downstairs to checkout and wait at the café near my dorm, The Juggler. Luckily, a staff member was on his way up to clean the rooms when I was coming down with my gigantic heavy bag and he carried it down for me without me even asking. Love nice people, especially when they are strong. :)
I waited in the Juggler, had an iced café, and read Harry Potter. It was coming closet to about 12 and my devices were unfortunately dying.

But then I saw a reflection of a short guy in a yellow shirt in the window of the café. I thought that might be my dad. And then, another guy, taller, in a flannel type shirt and black-framed glasses. Yup. Suchir. I ran out and said “Hi guys!!” They were looking around for me and I walked up them all and gave them hugs. I was really happy to see them and they were happy to see me. We packed the car, which was quite difficult with all of our bags and my huge bag, but we got it to work. We set off for Stonehenge and Salisbury.

On our way out of the city, we needed up driving through everything. I saw it all one last time. The Eye, St. Paul’s, the Houses of Parliament, Memorial Bridge, Bond Street, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, the whole London package. I couldn’t keep my eyes away from the window. I was really really sad to be leaving London. I had such a great time here the past three weeks. I’ll definitely come back again.

We later stopped at a small rest area for some drinks and a small snack. I couldn’t stop talking about
We were staying at the Holiday Inn, about 2 miles from Stonehenge. It was a nice hotel with a really cool exterior. We freshened up and drove into Salisbury for dinner. We ate at Cactus Jacks, a Mexican restaurant. It was yummy :)

Of course, we played bukharo (an Indian card game) till almost midnight that night. Couldn’t resist. This is what happens on my family vacations!

I’m sad my London experience is over, but I’m really excited for my upcoming adventures with my family. 

Leia Mais…


I just really need to write a post right now. Be prepared for the sappyness. It’s officially my last day (half day) here. It’s bittersweet. My room is packed, and my flat building is pretty much empty. My fridge is empty too. I’m sitting here writing this post while eating my last Activa peach yogurt. Sad story. I made some good friends on this trip that I will miss and I made memories that will last a lifetime. At times I feel like 3 weeks wasn’t enough, but sometimes I feel like it was just the right amount of time. I needed to get away, and that’s exactly what  I did. I have a whole new appreciation and love for this city and I will never look at it the same way again. I do want to come back. I love it here. I feel like I can comfortably live here. Grad school at LSE perhaps? Who knows where my path will take me, I just hope it brings me back here at some point. London has not only been my current city the past few weeks, but my home. I feel connected to everything about it. My dorm, my district, the people, the sights, the tube, everything. I’m sad. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss my daily route from Old Street to Euston to Goodge Street. I’m going to miss the University of Westminster. I’ll miss seeing the Big Ben, the London Eye, and St. Paul’s almost every day. I’ll miss my class. I’ll miss my friends. I’ll miss shopping in Camden Town, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and Bond Street. I’ll miss the food. I’ll miss Brighton and Greenwich. I’ll miss all of the adventures I’ve had. I’ll even miss the workers at the halal place and liquor store next door. 
I’m going to cherish all of these memories from this unique experience.
I’m also excited though. My parents should be here within the next hour and we are going to have some family adventures of our own. Maybe I haven’t miss this that much, but now that they are coming, I’m really really excited. This is our next trip:

Life goes on, it really does. When one door closes, another opens. 
It’s been real.
And with that,
Goodbye London, I’ll love you forever. Oh, and I'll be back :) <3

Leia Mais…

Day 20 Pictures: London Eye, London at Night

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Day 20: My Last Night in London

My friends and I went out for one last lunch to Café Concerto. Of course, I had tea – Bombay Chai this time. And the usual mozzarella tomato and basil panini. On our way home, we went to some street markets near Old Street that were kind of similar to the ones I went to in Greenwich. They were selling foods of all different types, fruits, and desserts.  It was very lively.  I wish I would have known about it earlier because I definitely would have gone there more often during my stay! On our way home, we saw someone selling fruit. I got a whole bowl – four peaches, two oranges, an apple, and two bananas all for only one pound! It was great, and I knew my mom would be happy to eat some when she was arriving the next day.
I spent the rest of the day doing laundry and packing; It took me almost until about 6 or 7 pm. The ISA kids decided to get together and order some pizza and eat together one last time. It was nice to spend time with everyone. We said our goodbyes. I wasn’t really that sad yet because I hadn’t spent much time with them.
The sadness came later that night.
We went to the London Eye at around 9:30. We wanted to see London lit up at night. It was a little pricey, about 20 pounds, but I can definitely say it was worth it. As we went up I started to think about my past three weeks in London. I thought about St. Paul’s, Tower Bridge, Parliament, Harrods, and all of the other wonderful places I had visited. I was able to see it all from the Eye.  It was a breathtaking view. Everything was right in front of me and it made me feel a little nostalgic and emotional. We were all really excited during the first half, but I think as we approached the top we started thinking the same types of things. The rest of the ride was pretty much silent.
When we came back, we had quite an interesting tube ride. Probably the most interesting I’ve had so far. We got onto the line with a giant group of drunken people. The guys were really loud and the one got up and started speaking to the entire cabin about Jesus or something. They kept giggling and it was all so weird. But okay, that’s normal. It’s Friday night. Then, at the next stop, a whole other group of drunken people got on the tube, on the other side. We were kind of just kind of awkwardly chilling in the middle of these two rowdy groups. It was pretty funny. It’s okay, normal. Friday night right. Then, when those people got off, a bunch of drunken moms got on, which was really weird. We were like – what’s happening? So we got off at Euston (Because according to my friend, King’s Cross is way too big and crowded) and went on the Northern Line branch via Bank for Old Street. When we got on, there was this couple and the lady was sitting on the guys lap. So, my friend was like okay, I’ll just take the empty seat next to them. Then, the lady like tried to get off and was about to practically sit on her before she squeezed her way out and scurried to another seat across from us. It was the funniest thing ever.  Definitely a memorable last tube ride.
 We finally got to Old Street and were in the mood for some milkshakes. one of my friends was leaving the next day, so we convinced her to come with us. By the time she finally came down and we walked to The Diner, they weren’t serving anymore. So we walked around for a bit but nothing was really open. They went to the store and got some stuff and we all just hung out in club kitchen for the rest of the night.
Said my goodbyes and went to bed.

Leia Mais…

Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 19 Pictures: Last Day of Class July 4 Boat Party

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Day 19: Last Day of Class! Happy July 4!

So I was in class for about 45 minutes yesterday. It was great. Then, I came home and made some lunch - trying to get rid of the food in my fridge! 

Then, I started getting ready for the river boat party for the students sponsored by the University of Westminster. I wore my new dress that I got from Camden Town the other day. It had birds on it! :) 
We had a mini photo shoot. It was really funny. GR8. We headed off to Tower Hill, the meeting point. It was really funny and we were all happy.

The boat was cool, it had three levels and a DJ. It was funny because we set off, but then had to turn around and come back because we forgot the food. It was really really awesome, we had a beautiful view of Tower Bridge and life just felt unreal. We kept shouting "AMURRRCA!!!" We were all just hanging out for the first half, but then the music got awesome and we had a dance party. It was so much fun. I got super super sweaty and icky, but it was worth it. The party went till about 9pm. Then we headed back to the station whilst singing the national anthem really really loudly.

We didn't want the party to end. We came home to change and freshen up and went to Club Kitchen (B13) to hang for a bit. We ended up going out again to some place called Cargo. It was actually really really cool. 

Overall it was a fun night and a really great way to end my time here. 

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Day 18 - Class, ISA Farewell Dinner

On Wednesdays, class usually goes till 5. However, since I was practically done with my magazine and my individual log, I was really hoping that she would let Amara and I out early. Things weren’t looking great. She kept on giving us more tasks and making it seem like she wasn’t going to let us go. I was really annoyed because ISA was having a river boat party and a farewell dinner that all started at 3. I didn’t think I was going to be able to go ): My friend and I talked to our InDesign helper, Val, and told her our situation. We had done so much work for this magazine and it simply wasn’t fair. She agreed and convinced Petsa to let us out early. 
So I ran home and got ready. My friends had just gotten home and still wanted to freshen up, so we skipped the river boat ride and just went to the dinner. Turns out, it was in Greenwich. I was happy I got to go there again. We had dinner in this little Greek restaurant. The owner of the restaurant was this old Greek guy. It was really funny and my friends and I were delirious as always.
It ended up being a chill night.

Leia Mais…

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Day 17 Pictures: Harry Potter Tour!

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