The Journey to Drupal Conference SF

28 04 2010
The Journey, Ha it is very long journey I had in my life. I did not forget the feeling of first take of the flight. The sound is too horrible for my ears. I got much pain at the begining.

My Journey is 3 parts from Hyderabad to Kaulalampur, From Kaulalampur to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong to San Francisco.

At Hyderabad I was very nurvous and very excited about the entire process to board into flight.

My Family came to give send off at the Hyderabad, I finished taking boarding pass easily, after that talked with my family for 1 hours then at the Imigration, the guy was asking another person about the business trip, I was like what’s wrong, but the problem is he don’t know clearly.

After finishing Imigration check went to waiting hall to board into flight. There I waited for long time more than 1 hour. Finally they announced to board in to fligh. First time getting into flight, when I am walking into the flight, I was excited, I am getting into flight. Wow I am travelling in the plain. When I saw the seats, I was not so surpriced, it is bit similar to air bus. After getting in found the seat very easily. Because it is first time listened carefully about all the security things said by the airhostes.

I was waiting for the flight to take off. I am excited to experience it. Finally flight started moving, it took some time to take position then started going fast with big sound. My ears started paining and like feeling bit odd. I did not feel good until take of finshed.

I was getting too much sleep, I had the snacks and slept. If I get any doubt I asked the next seat guy, he was very helpful but did not ask his name. It is just 3 and half hours of journey. I slept, but it is not good sleep. When I woke up my watch is saying it is 4:00 am but when I look at out side it is already morning. It was 7:00am at Kaula lampur. After some time I get down from that flight.

Now I have to catch the next flight which goes to Hong Kong. I don’t know how to find the gate, looking for some of the air port people to help me to which gate I have to take to board into next flight. I could not see any one until walk for around 15 minutes. Finally I found a display where they are showing all the flight details, with the help of another guy I found the gate. How to go to that gate is my next problem. I looked around for help desk, after walking straight for 5 mintes, I found help desk, she said I have to catch a train to reach that Gate. OK I followed her instructions and safely reached the gate without much problem. At Kaula lampur I did not find much indian faces, most of them looks like chinees and Japanees.

There are no seats to sit at the outside of the gate, I was standing. Then called for the boarding, after finishing the checking process, asked to wait for some time, there I found wifi, then opened laptop and sent some mails to home and the people who receive me. At Kaulalampur the people getting into flight looks like from same family, every body talking each other but their language is not english. I got into flight, in my next seat one japanies lady sat. Looks like she don’t know speaking engligh.

Because I did not sleep well in the previous flight, I got full sleep, I did not observe sorrounding and slept without knowingly. After I wake up I saw video for some time. It was just 3 hours journey to Hong Kong. But the flight reached the destination 1 hour late. I have to board into the San Francisco flight, which is having the same boarding time. I wanted to get ou
t from the flight first. So before finishing the landing I removed seat belt and woke up to take my cabin bag, then one of the crew told me to sit till the landing, then I sit back. After few minutes, flight landed and every body woke up and standing to get out from the flight, it took more than 15 minutes to come out from the flight. I was tensed a lot.

After I came out from the flight, I first searched for display to show the boarding time of the San Francisco flight. I found the display after walking for 5 minutes. The display is showing last call. First I though what to do, the display is not showing the Gate number that I have to take, I was searching for some one to help me, I went to check in counter and asked she said the Gate number and she said some way but I did not understand and went to exit side, then came back and asked some japanees family, they show me path to the escalator and told me to go down and catch train, I took escalator and run into the train before the doors close.

The train reached the destination in 2 minutes, then I am seeing all shops not Gates, then searching for some one to help me, then I found a girl who wear red suite, looks like she works at airport, when I ask her, she also hurried and talked with some other people and sent me through one door and told me that don’t worry mam, have 20 minutes time to take off. Then when I go into that door, I have to went through another escalator and walk for some time, finally found my Gate, When I am walking towards it, another girl asked are you for San Francisco flight? I said yes, then she took ticket and doing the scan of the ticket, another girl came and asked me to sit at another place, I said ok, what ever seat will we be ok for me, I just need to get into flight. Then asusal checking process and went to the flight and searching for the seat.

My seat is in the middle, 2 sides of my seat are men, then I asked one guy who sit at the corner to sit in the middle, he accepted and sat in the middle but called crews and telling them that he was sitting there and telling them to bring his food at his seat. His name is Jayesh. I thought ok in the beginning then talked with him as he is Indian and he said about him and asked about me. After some time, food was served to me, and asked are you Indian Vegitarian, I said yes and started eating food. He asked me are you Vegitarian? I said yes then after I finish my food also he did not get food, the another guy who sit at the window also got the food, he was waiting waiting and asked crew. The crew served his food to me. He became angry and did not eat another food. He waited for 2 and half hours but did not get food. I felt bad about that. He helped me to fill up the form of I 94. It was 14 hours journey so watched movies and opened laptop but did not sleep well. After getting out from the flight, he waited till I finish the imigration process. At the checkin, the airport officer asked me about my trip and conference, then checked my return flight tickets and put stamp and sent me out. Then I went to luggage section, checking for my bag, I am not seeing my bag, I was there for more than 30 minutes, but did not find my bag. Jayesh came and asked me about bad, I said I could not find my bag, then he helped me to inform the concerned person and finished formalities. I called to the peopele I need to inform at San Francisco from his mobile said thanks and waiting outside.

I took change by buying something at the airport and called the person who pick me up. He was there and I came out and got into the car and reached home of the family I know.