||[Sep. 28th, 2005|08:48 pm]
So, on the way out here I discovered a number of things:|
- Mumbai Airport has very impressive (there were more checkpoints in that one airport than in the other 4 combined -- plus they had large guns) but probably not very effective (they didn't seem to look very hard) security.
- Amsterdam Airport can't make up its mind what language to give announcements in (they never repeated announcements in different languages, they gave each individual announcement in its own language)
- Airport agents get confused when you have more than 2 connections on your ticket
- Northern Ireland is about 2 bathroom trips wide
- First Class on American Domestic Flights == Coach on Indian Domestic Flights
- "No, I can take my own bag" doesn't translate when you're in India.
- Even a spare iPod battery can't get you from the bay area to India without a recharge (speaking of -- belkin made their charger only take firewire as a power source, which is really unfortunate if your original ipod AC to firewire adapter was, say, stolen)
I'll hopefully post pictures of the apartment I'm in soon. Its pretty large (there are 2 expats living here). Its in a larger complex in which The Company has about 6-10 apartments total, for about 15-20 expats (and 15-20 servants). I had awesome french toast this morning, and then some pretty good tacos (!) for dinner. Lunch was pretty normal indian food.
I also have a SIP phone in the apartment, so I can make phone calls to the US relatively easily (I'm not likely to get any incoming calls though). I have a cell phone people can reach me at if necessary (send me an email if you really want the number).
I'm happy to say that the expat group here is really cool. Plus there seem to be trips most weekends to see other areas, which should be fun. (This weekend I'm going to Bangalore to do some work, though). Next weekend it looks like we'll be going to the Ajanta Caves.