A Tale of two cities - a bit of San Antonio and a LOT of New York

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For a first time overseas traveler traveling to U.S on a business trip, deciding whether he works more or travels more can be a bit confusing. . And, if the need to travel is sudden and comes at only a couple of days’ notice, the lack of planning adds to the confusion. This is exactly what happened to me when I was told that I needed to travel to two destinations in U.S - San Antonio, TX and Bridgewater, NJ for work two days prior to my travel.

The initial reaction was a blend of surprise, shock, uncertainty and of course happiness, that I wasn't able to realize or cherish as a lot of formalities had to be taken care of. It was only after boarding the Air France flight to Paris that the excitement started to set in.

I spent the first week in San Antonio and the next couple of weeks in New Jersey and dedicated the weekends exclusively for travel.

More of the travel travel details to unfold soon, some random pics as starters for now.

Downtown San Antonio at dusk



Tower of the Americas, San Antonio



Lower Manhattan skyline



Walking along the fifth avenue



The skyline at night as seen from the Harbor lights ferry tour



The skyline from Hoboken, New Jersy



The illuminated Empire State building on a foggy night



(to be continued)
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Wonderful!

These are masterpieces in cityscape!!
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These are masterpieces in cityscape!!
Thanks Prakaant. I wish I had a DSLR. That's one thing I missed every moment of the trip.
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These are great pictures, Sagar!

Lack of equipment is never a hurdle for masters. I have loved them...

Please enjoy carrying your P&S.
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Lack of equipment is never a hurdle for masters. I have loved them...

Please enjoy carrying your P&S.
Thanks.

Although I'm nowhere close to be called a 'master', I try my best to optimize whatever resources I have. However, a P&S can be bit tricky to work with on low light or dull conditions. I do agree with the philosophy of the passion for photography being a more important determinant that having hi tech gadgets for good photographs.
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Fabulous photos, Sagar.



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Difficult to explain in words . My travel from Delhi to San Antonio involved 3 different flights - Delhi - Paris by Air France, Paris-Atlanta and Atlanta- San Antonio by Delta. Everything from the food and stringent security checks, the sudden change of the surroundings and people around me, the inter-terminal transfer by a metro in Atlanta, plus many other things compounded by the feeling that I was traveling (I hadn't had a vacation even within India for long), and was a about to visit New York (somehow, skyscrapers, especially the view of the skyline of a city at night have fascinated me ever since I was a kid) evoked an inexplicable emotion. Sometimes, you get numb with excitement, I guess that's what happened to me.
I will try my best to put this roller coaster like feelings subsequently when I write in detail about the journey. In a nutshell, the assault to senses was strong enough to make me walk around 8 miles in a single day in New York, without leaving a trace of fatigue!
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Thanks TD. Hope to keep up the pace amid a bit tight schedule!
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Interesting hearing of "the assault to the senses" from an Indian coming here to the US. It's usually the other way around. But I guess, going east or west, it's a radical change in EVERYTHING one's used to.
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San Anton, did you do the river cruise.?
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Originally Posted by Ashgirl View Post Interesting hearing of "the assault to the senses" from an Indian coming here to the US. It's usually the other way around. But I guess, going east or west, it's a radical change in EVERYTHING one's used to.
Well yes...by 'assault to the senses' I meant the drastic change in everything I have been used to. The sudden lack of - dust/ pollution, agonizing traffic, extreme chaos, people, honking vehicles, congestion ....and a lot more. Add to that the cold that hit me the moment I stepped out of Newark airport. I guess for someone used to these in the U.S, the polar opposite happens when they travel to India.
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Yes. A very nice experience.
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post I guess for someone used to these in the U.S, the polar opposite happens when they travel to India.
It absolutely does so. Yet it never dawned on me that that same all-encompassing feeling could be felt the other way around. I guess that was pretty egocentric of me.
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Sagar- great shots.

The first time I went abroad (i.e. out of India), was to London. I was 16. My sister and I agreed that the first few days felt like walking inside a TV. Our impressions of "foreign" or "abroad"--terms, which in India not so long ago only implied Western/European countries and not say, Africa or Pakistan--had been informed by cable TV and English movies, which we watched a lot.

Of course places like NYC and London are crowded in many places, but I think what hits a lot of Indians when they go to places in the US and Europe, and even if one travels overseas a lot, is how few people you see around! It's the sudden lack of noise, the lack of people milling everywhere that hits you. The utter absence of commotion, which one is used to as the background din, combined with weird light effects that one sees in higher latitudes such as longer days can be disorientating for first couple of days. Also the smells- the agarbati, Indian food, ghee, urine and dust is replaced by strong wafts coffee, perfume and frying hot dogs.
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