From members’ Diary
diary covering her
From Raghesh’s diary from
After a very busy week before our
mid term reviews, we had a good review in
After the review, we went down to a
Here we had team integration and did lot of fun activities..
1. We hiked in the wilderness with a compass following instructions..
2. Crossed a river on rope bridge..(Two ropes parallel to each other..we had to hold on to them and cross over..was great fun !!)
3. Did some Archery
4. Went Mountain Biking...this was good as long as it was flat terrain..I had a good work out when it came to the mountains..:)
5. There are lot of caves in this area made by mining for sandstone..we had a good experience of following a small black wire laid out in the cave using just 3 candles for 15 of us..It took us through rope ladders, small bridges, little holes in walls etc before we got out...lot of fun..
We got back to
Following is reply to my query; Why GE is making them do the circus
The circus of crossing the river on rope bridge was really fun..coz when we saw it the first time we all said impossible...expected somebody would definitely fall..
But the fact is that we have more survival skills than we can imagine..None of the >100 auditors and our managers fell..
Everybody made it across..some laughing and some tensed and shivering..it was the best part of the outdoor events.
I will try to send some photographs when I manage to get some copies..unluckily, i did not have my camera..so have to wait till my friends send them out.
From Ambika’s diary covering her
Kansas City (USA) after a long and tiring flight from
Bangalore-Bombay-London-Chicago-Kansas non-stop. The first impressions of
The time spent waiting for amrita to arrive was spent looking around Kansas City and playing with sanjana .We (Alaka, Sanjana, Guru, amma & me) had a really nice time window shopping malls, post office etc
Amritha arrived on 30th of January filling the house with joy. She looks very cute with lots of hair.
During my stay there we had some heavy snowfalls and really enjoyed the experience. We went out and made 2 snow-mans. We also decorated the snowmen with carrots, and cherry fruits. Specialty of our snowman was that he was doubled faced. Other excursions included going to the Imax cinema.
Another adventure for me was ice-skating. I had a real problem standing and walking with the skating boots on but surprisingly I did not have any problem skating. I did it without having an accident.
down from LA to
themes such as “Paris, Alladdin (Desert
Passage), Ceaser Palace (
there by and after
having our lunch we decided to do some sightseeing. There is the 'south rim'
and 'North rim' to the canyon. North rim is closed in winters. We went to the
south rim. There we have two routes to see the
We could see all the viewpoints on the long route before the sunset but could not see the sunset as the mist was closing in. After 6.00 it became very cold with heavy breeze and we could not stand at any viewpoint. On the way to one of the viewpoints (Moran View) we had an unexpected visitor, a solitary 'fox' on the road. We came back from long drive and retired for the night.
The next day we decided to see the short route but the whether was not so good. We went out early in the hope of seeing the sunrise but mist had not cleared from the night and we could hardly see the sun. Then we visited few more viewpoints but as we could not see much we decided to go back. We started from there by afternoon and as whether cleared during the day we reached back before evening.
days we stayed in a different hotel called
moved back to our old hotel ‘Westin’.
There were still many more hotels left like Venetian which was based on the City of
located in the
Next day we went to Universal studios. A bus in Unversal studious took us around the entire area showing old and new recording studies, Some legends such as Alfred Hitchcock's hut as well as special effect used to shows flash floods or the seas divided by Moses kept us entertained the whole day. We also took some visual effect rides like 'Honey I Shrunk the Audience', 'Shrek' (4d movie), 'Back to the future' and so on.
from LA to Santa-Barbara, about 70 miles, is along the coastline, and hence a
A small tram runs on both the streets for maximum charges of 25 cents from starting point to ending point.
The other big street is the beach road. A path run right beside the beach where people can walk, jog or cycle. All hotels are located on this road facing the beach. We stayed in one of these hotels called the Santa Barbara Inn. I refreshed cycling skills by taking one on rent and driving along the beach. I could get roller-skates also but did not try my luck.
We saw a man making a beautiful sand sculpture of a mermaid. There were also some others like a dolphin, Great Wall of China etc. The sculptures were made by artists who lived on tips.
Here also the water was cold but it did not stop the people from surfing in water. There were many people sun bathing or just sitting and enjoying the sun.
The whether was fine except for 1 or 2 days when thick fog covered the sea. It cleared by late afternoon but it was so thick even when we were standing right in front of sea we could not see anything.
The Madigra festival in
Shailu auntie had invited me to her house. As Sharad was busy at his work I decided to
go to "
Sneha was in town and we went site seeing. We saw the zoo, aquarium and also an IMAX movie. Ugadi was celebrated with Shailu auntie, Madwaraj mama and Sneha.
I wanted to sit in big, dangerous rides, so we went to "Six Flags" and for first time I sat in all big roller coasters. There were many different types of rides. My favorite ride was "Jester" which had 3 loops and the train went backwards! We spent an entire day in Six flags.
Saturday we went to 'French Quarters'. This is old market place where we can
see building of different architecture. It is the most happening place in
We also saw an "Italian American procession" where just like Mardigras. they make floats on cars and trucks and through beads, oranges, vegetables, stuffed dolls, and other things.
two different parks in
The other attraction was The Disney parade in which all the characters of Disney go in a procession.
We spent the whole day there and in the night there was a beautiful Laser show, dancing fountain, with a fire works show, which was all put together with a story, told by Mickey. Faces came to life from laser. It was breathtaking. I had seen laser shows which had only geometrical figures and not complicated images like evil queen who comes in Snow white or Mickey mouse and other people. It had beautiful sound effect and fountains went up and down in between and there were boats with pirates and other things. That was a grand finale for our Disney trip and also Los Angles trip as we were leaving from there in 2 days.
finished his work on March 30. The next day we left LA to go to
we took a Amtrak train to go to
traveled along the
bus tour of downtown
The next day we took a tour of the United Nations building. We got full information about the place and working of the UN. They showed all conference halls, where the fate of the world is negotiated, and gifts from member countries. In the afternoon went around 5th Avenue, a shoppers paradise. We met Jadish for dinner at a nice Indian restaurant.
The last day we went and visited the "Metropolitan Museum of Art". It is the biggest gallery of history and art. Usually it would take at least a day to see the full museum but we covered it in 4 hours.
All of a
sudden it was time to go home. Both me & Sharad
had a fantastic time in the