Before I narrate my latest experience with travel, let me give some background. I have recently accepted a consultant job with Tech giant Microsoft. A consultant is required mostly to work at onsite! My first consulting assignment is happened to be with a Western US based telecom carrier Qwest. Within 7 days I was asked to travel “Onsite” to Denver, Qwest Headquarters. In reality, my passport’s all blank pages were standing completely white. Hence, I have to go through some real quick arrangements for a US entry. Anyway, everything had fall in place in sometime and my travel date has arrived. There were an excitement for first time abroad travel, but with a mix of fear as I was travelling all alone. My peers were already gone.
I started from Hyderabad on 17 Apr 2007 at 1.30 AM and reached Denver on 18 Apr via Frankfurt flying with Lufthansa Airlines. My transit halt in Frankfurt was quite a long time. Frankfurt was my first out of India destination, it was surprisingly large, but annoyingly crowded. Lufthansa’s pathetic on-flight service was comprised of slow food service, reluctance in attending passengers, poor quality of food. In addition, my “intelligent” travel desk has opted for Asian Veg meal on my behalf, which has only aggravated the displeasure. In contrast, Lufthansa provided a better service from Frankfurt to Denver flight, might be because it was carrying people to the first world!
Well, I reached Denver at 15.30 local time and completed emigration and custom check easily. I discovered my peers were already waiting for me outside airport terminal (they actually bunked the office…lol). Then we hired a car from AVIS and drove to our hotel Marriott Residence Inn at 1725 Champa Street.
Next day onwards I started my work and some site seeing in the evenings. The noise-free clean roads caught my attention at the very first sight. The weather was cold..30 to 50 Fahrenheit…with occasional snow falls. During lunch time I came across the famous food court in 16th Mall street Denver downtown. Some of food shops I remember are Chick-Fill-A, Steack Escape, Pudge Brothers Pizza, Cava Greens, Soup Kitchen, Tokyo Express, a Chinese place (name forgotten) etc.. I will not probably forget the Tokyo Express owner persuading us saying “Namaskar” & has given “Chicken Teriyaki” for lunch. It was a chicken preparation with very less spice & chilly. Chick-Fill-A was the place I paid most visit.
In the evening, we used to grab some food from KFC or McDonald and drove down to one ‘unforgettable’ place in Denver, the Barr Lake. I cannot forget the deserted Picadilly Road after driving through I-76. During the two weekends I spend in Denver, I had a tour of Colorado Springs and Grand Canyon. I will tell these stories separately. Between all these my departure date arrived and I returned back via Washington DC and Frankfurt to Hyderabad.
- Qwest Head Quarter, Denver
- Food Court, Denver