Tuesday, September 25, 2007

London Paris cycling 2007 September 25, 2007

Hello, Bonjour!

Just came back from London-Paris cycling – can’t explain what an experience it was, but just wanted to share with you how great I am feeling having done this!!!

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Post-MBA work and how it has changed my lifestyle September 15, 2007

Back in January, despite having a fairly good idea of what I was getting into, I was a bit apprehensive of the lifestyle I was going to have, or probably the lack of it.

Thankfully, it hasn’t been as bad and I am pleasantly surprised. While my company does have some bureaucracy, there is no face time in my team. While we do have some guidelines, we also have LOT of freedom of doing it our way at our pace.

Life at the office front has been fine except for a couple of settling issues (thanks to the bureaucracy). As far as stay in London is concerned, I can not say the same.

- Service standards are ridiculously poor! Takes months to get even a utility connection.

- NHS is a complete mess. I got some skin infection, and am yet to be properly diagnosed (wonder what the doctors do!!!) after a month

- Weather: don’t even get me started on that!

- House search: ahhhhh. Can’t/don’t want to do it again. Had to go through 35 houses before liking one. Tell me, is it that difficult to have a properly ventilated 2 BR house, with a garden, large kitchen and extra large bathroom, split level bedrooms, in proper location with access to Tennis/Squash facilities… OK, I hear you!! Maybe I indeed was asking too much ;)

- Cycling is catching up, though the public transport is not great and can be/should be/is being transformed!

My house address has become static (yes, I have stayed at the same address for more than 4 months for the first time in last 4 years!). It feels amazing :). Weekends are for travel outside. Or cycling/squash/running if in London. Catching up with people has not been easy, but not that bad either.

And best is that I have some money. To spend! Adventures lay abound. Now all I need is a partner in crime!

PS: I have the London – Paris cycling coming up next week! Yippppppeeeeeee!