This is our last…

June 26, 2014 at 18:27

Okay. We are at that point now. For every thing we do, we always comment: “This is our last time doing this”. Whether it is eating at our favorite lunch place Le Pain Quotidien (ok, that one we will honestly visit a few times more), having a beer at Chillies with friends, paying the gas bill, or whatever, sadness seems to creep slowly and steadily over us. Granted, some things I won’t miss that much, like the incessant honking, the humidity and extreme heat, and… Come to think of it, that sums up the large of it.

There are quite frankly so many things we will miss when we leave India. The many friends we have met here, who along with a million things have contributed to the one thing we’re stuck with: that India is an almost magical country, that have left us with impressions and emotions to last us a lifetime.

On the other hand, we have so much to travel home to! We haven’t seen our friends and family for so long, and we miss them so much. Whether it is Monopoly in the evenings, a game of chess in the lunch break or getting my butt kicked in FIFA14, or dinners and parties, there are so many things I can’t wait to pick up with our friends and family. Oh, how we miss them all. My parents are moving home after four years in Belgium almost on the same date as us, so this is really going to be a family reunion!

And while I’m on picking up tabs, it will be good to get back to work in Norway. I’ve gotten a position on the Norwegian side of the project I’m at here with the Norwegian postal services. This summer will definitely be spent sitting down and reflecting on all the things I have learned over the past six months. I mean, how does one effectively use, and communicate, such a unique experience. Luckily, finding that out is actually my field of work: Information Management. I’m looking forward to presenting what I have learned to Capgemini Norway. What that is I will spend a good time churning out in my mind. For now, I only know, more than ever, that Capgemini is the right place for me.

Best regards, Marius

Times flies by

June 16, 2014 at 18:35

Oh my. This blog has really been neglected for a while. It has almost been a whole month since our last post, so we don’t really expect anybody to still follow us. However, quite a few things have happened since our last post. We have had lots and lots of things to do at the office, the weather went from hot to HOT, followed by me having a small heat stroke incident. Friends are leaving for their home towns, as we are also planning to soon do the same. The weather has changed completely as the schorching sun has been replaced with a city soaked in water.

The monsoon has hit Mumbai, and it’s quite beautiful. As Marius and I headed home from work a few hours ago, the rickshaw broke down in the middle of the flooded streets of Powai with the rain pouring down, making the road into a small river, where the driver let the rick carefully roll us down to Hiranandani.

Marius and I ran in the rains without any umbrellas, completely soaked from head to toe, straight into our favorite restaurant. Le Pain Quotidien was decorated with candle lights in the dark, while the the windows had rain streaming down them. It was such a beautiful atmosphere, and the warm meal made everything just so cosy and nice. There’s something about feeling chilly in the city of Mumbai. It just feels so right after the last couple of months with intense heat. It’s amazing how you one minute are desperate after a refreshing mint lemonade with ice cubes, and the next you are craving a cup of hot chocolate. It’s just another aspect of this city of contrast. A part of why we will miss you so much when we go home, dear Mumbai.

- Andrea