Hyderabad, India. We have some fairly large operations there and our parent company is sponsoring an Operations Conference.
When I first heard, of course, my thoughts go to being away from my family and being really FAR from my family for about a week, especially since we're going to be on personal vacation for just about the two weeks just before this.
Then my thoughts went to the almost 18 hours in the air it's going to take to get there and I wondered if I would go stir crazy on either leg of the trip.
I've long been used to the eight hours to mainland Europe but on the last couple of trips I found myself getting very antsy about five hours in. What in the world will I do for 18 hours? You can only watch so many movies, listen to so much iPod, sleep so much. Truth be told, I'm a horrible worker on a plane. I can never get comfortable enough to work on my laptop plus I usually don't have an electrical outlet near me and for some reason the work laptop's batteries only last about two hours at max!
But eventually it has sunk in how fortunate I am to work for a company who wanted me at this conference and feel that my presence there is important to our longer term strategy and plans.
I'm also excited to take a day or two for personal excursions. I'm not sure what all is around Hyderabad or even how close some of the favorite tourist spots are yet. If you haven't taken a look at it in awhile, it's a massively huge country. It's the seventh largest country (land area) in the world and the second largest by population. On the Southern end it looks like there's some prime relaxation near a massive coastline and a short hop, skip and jump over to Sri Lanka. Of course, to the North, you're heading up near Nepal and Pakistan. What will NOT be lost on me is how close I'll be to Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq and as an American these are important spots in my lifetime.