I arrived in Hyderabad, India at 3am on December 10th after about 24-hours of traveling.
Fortunately, I was able to get plenty of sleep in these from-the-future looking seats. As much as I would love to act like this was just another day in the life of Maggie Cook, I essentially spent the whole time feeling like I was in Star Wars or Wall-E.
I also got an in-flight massage.
And in-flight seared red snapper.
I arrived at the Westin Hyderabad at around 4:30am.
They had a Christmas tree waiting just for me
I slept for a few more hours and hung out at the hotel most of the day. In the evening, my two hosts picked me up and showed me around town. We rode to dinner in one of these:
For dinner, I had my first taste of Biryani. It was amazing.
The next day, my co-worker Kendra arrived. Kendra, Nivi, Kalyan, Chalin, and I spent the entire day fulfilling all the must-dos of Hyderabad.
On our way to the cinema, I noticed that lots of people drive scooters. Many of them look like they were once Vespas, but have had most of their parts replaced.
At 10am, we began the day with a 3 hour Bollywood movie, “Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl.” I recommend watching the trailer.
After the movie, we ate another delicious Indian meal before heading to Charminar; built in 1591 AD by the fifth ruler of Qutb Shahi dynasty after the capital moved to Hyderabad.
We climbed the claustrophobia-inducing stairs which had no fire-exit plan with about 5,000 other people
From the top, you can see lots of the city, including the market where we shopped for the next 5 hours
As you can see, there are no traffic laws, or lanes, in Hyderabad.
Next we went shopping
We opted out of buying Kit Kat bars from this cart
The rest of our trip was largely dedicated to working, but that didn’t stop us from eating some delicious food
Or partying the night away at the Facebook India office holiday party. They do some serious Bollywood dancing.
This group of people are all doing the same synchronized dance
The theme was retro bollywood
We left the party around midnight to catch our 4am plane back to the USA. While I enjoy being able to drink tap water again, my first time to India was a blast. Maybe next time I learn how to haggle.