Two photos to describe the last 24 hours of my life

I’m back from Bangalore! Well, sort of. I arrived back to Bombay last night – I landed in bed sometime around 3.30 and woke up to my alarm five hours later, just to start packing for destination weekend-in-Dubai. Reminder to self to not schedule meetings when you know its going to result in six hours of sleep. Remember, remember… Today I’ve had a day filled with meetings, and one of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done – balanced out with two glasses of wine and another meeting for dessert.

Two photos to describe the last 24 hours of my life:

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1. Paulina and I basically both had work in Bangalore this week, shared a hotel room together, caught up properly for the first time in months, and when we were saying bye in the morning we realised we had booked our return trips at the exact same time. Meant to be, right? While she was heading off to Goa, and I was going back to Bombay, we sat down at a restaurant to have dinner and send some emails – when a random person came up to me and said she needed to charge her phone in my laptop. I was hoping to charge my own phone at the time, but when she didn’t give in, my USB port became hers to take. I couldn’t say no. Not that it was bad or anything, but still found it slightly obnoxious. Am I being super Swedish right now? Either way, now I’m curious – would you tell a stranger to charge your phone for you? I wouldn’t. Definitely not.

 

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2. My Uber app wasn’t working this morning when I was heading to my first meeting of the day. And since I had just decided to leave for Dubai less than 24 hours later, I obviously also conveniently decided to carry my suitcase with me instead of having to go back and forth later. After being refused by two cabs, this driver was kind enough to take me and my massive luggage. Only issue was that the luggage didn’t fit in the frontseat, so we spent 15 minutes tying the suitcase to the roof to make sure it wouldn’t blow off during the 1.5 hour highway ride I had ahead of me later on. Wasn’t even frustrating – just slightly sweaty yet grateful that a kind soul felt like helping a hectic person out. Yes, me.

 

That’s all for now. Speak to you from the UAE! X

Scratching the surface of my workday in Bangalore

I promised you I’d give you a peek-hole into my day today. Never promised you it would be that exciting, but I would like to show you guys all aspects of my life – not just the pretty or tasty ones.

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I set my alarm at 7.30am this morning, snoozed for 45 minutes. A pretty normal morning for me when I don’t have a workout planned. Well I did, but I woke up and called the reception to find out that they don’t have a gym at this hotel. Weird. Also the empty, untouched bed belongs to my Swedish friend Paulina – she’s checking in with me here tonight since we’re both in Bangalore for work this week. Fun and meant to be basically.

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I changed about four times because I felt like everything I was wearing seemed inappropriate. Bangalore isn’t as ‘western’ as Mumbai – at least not the outskirt areas where our clients are based. I also work with pretty much only men, so generally I try to be slightly aware of what I wear to office – especially when its external meetings. Nothing skin tight or short short – considering I barely own any of either, it shouldn’t be that difficult…

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Headed upstairs for breakfast and browsed the menu, although I already knew what I was going to order. Scrambled eggs, fresh tomato, fruit and coffee. Every day if I get to choose.

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I worked through my inbox and made a few calls while finishing up my first meal of the day…

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Then I caught a ride with this sweet fellow to the office. In my experience, the first rickshaw driver in Bangalore who’s willingly turned on the taximeter instead of trying to negotiate a randomly high price. Also willingly posed for me.

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Our office is basically a villa turned office space. It’s a really beautiful property – the terrace on top is perfect for lunch or coffee outside when sitting inside all day gets too stuffy. Pictured here is just the second and third floors…

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The second floor is where the main office is. It’s still a work in process. Obsessed with the blue carpet though.

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My favourite plant, bougainvillea, covers most of the exterior of the property.

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After a few hours at the office, we packed ourselves into my colleague’s car and headed towards one of our partner’s offices. It was about an hour long drive – we had expected it to take longer, but there was some sort of holiday here today which made traffic a lot less hectic. Thank you holiday.

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The project I’m working on right now is in the tech space – it’s me + 15-17 guys maybe. We’ve got a really awesome bunch pictured here – Sankalp and Kedar, who head our design team.

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After a 5 or 6 hour long meeting, we hopped back into the car and turned back towards Indiranagar. Indiranagar is like Bangalore’s Bandra West – younger, more happening, and with a nice selection of bars, shops and restaurants. Also where my hotel is located. And our office, for that matter.

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I came home to find Paulina’s bed still being empty. Women with long days and hard @ work basically. We decided that I would stay back at the hotel because I was too tired to put my sneakers back on after 9pm. Paulina would join me ‘at home’ after dinner hours…

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Instead I walked to a hotel bar and ordered a salad and a homemade beer on tap. Apparently Bangalore is big on brewing beer – who knew?

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Tasted way better than it looks.

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When my laptop died and my salad finished, I went up to the room to continue to do some more work. I found a selection of treatments in my suitcase and decided to do a face mask.

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The mask is from FACEINC and is absolutely ridiculously good.

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It also helps to brighten up anyones mood, considering most people love unicorns. Although I don’t personally do really.

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Left here with a face soft as a baby bum. If anyone’s going to Europe anytime soon, please look for these face masks, for yourself. And maybe one for me…

Now, Paulina just walked through the door. I’m going to put down my laptop and call it a day to catch up with her. I’m so happy it worked out this way – we’re both here on work trips this week, so when we found out over the weekend I immediately turned my single room into a double. How great? So great.

Sleep well everyone!

One week in Bangalore & Munich/Stuttgart recommendations

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Hi lovelies.

I just finished up three days of wedding attending, and yesterday I touched down in Bangalore for one week of work. For those of you who have followed me for a while, you’ll know I used to spend almost every or every alternate week in Bangalore for a good year and a half, while working with one of our clients here. It’s nice to be able to be back for a brief time period, rather than a full-time type set up.

I’m just finishing up a couple of tasks over breakfast at the hotel before I’m leaving to the office for the day. I’m spending first half of the day in our office, and second half in our partner’s office, so it should be an eventful day (including lots of traffic). I’ve brought the camera with me by the way, so I can update you guys with a-day-in-the-life-of tonight when I get back to the hotel.

The weather in Bangalore is gorgeous and I love being able to sit outside whenever I’m here. You don’t get slapped with the same heat and humidity you do in Mumbai, and if only by a little, its slightly less crowded…

Finishing off my breakfast and heading out of here. I’m invited to go for a trip to Germany soon by the way – more details to come for you guys this week. But my question is, has anyone been to Munich or Stuttgart? And if so, do you recommend spending an extra day there?

Would love your thoughts and recommendations for when I go!