Battuta

The Little Engine That Couldn’t (Coding By Train: Leg 3 Chicago to Denver)

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Our train arrived in Chicago an hour late (a pattern that I’d soon learn is quite common). I can;t say anything about the city itself, as I never left the train station. From the ride into the Windy City, I was only able to make a single assessment: the place looks massive. Without a decent public transit system, I couldn’t imagine trying to make my way...
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Growing Pains

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This one will be a bit dense, so tourists may want to bypass with no offense taken. I tried to think of photos to represent this post, but failed so you get  graph instead.  i often divide my thoughts into 3 categories that help me comprehend life in general: mind, body, soul. i’m in the midst of a growth spurt so i figured i would...
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Coding By Train: Leg 2 (Washington, DC to Chicago)

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After a snack in Union Station, I  boarded the train for Chicago. There was an option to make reservations for dinner in the dining car. Seating was limited and community seating is used, providing an opportunity for you to meet new people. I opted to skip dinner in lieu of hanging out in the observation section with few beers (shocker!). This time the only decent...
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Coding by Train: Leg 1 (Wilson, NC to Washington, DC)

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For the next week and a half, I am experiencing a new form of travel. Rail. Rather than take my normal flight from RDU to DEN for one of our company meetings, I’ve decided to take the scenic route via an Amtrak train. The first leg of the trip is the Palmetto line from Wilson, NC to Washington, DC. Cost The cost of a ticket from Wilson, NC...
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As We Begin Again

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With this post, I am hoping for a return to more frequent and relevant posting to my blog. It is my opportunity to begin again. The year has been quite busy (too many projects undertaken) but I’ve not taken time to reflect on the things that I have experienced, which is the whole point of this blog. In the interest of brevity, I’ll just summarize: On the development...
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The Taj Mahal

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i should have taken 5 more seconds to center up this photo...sorry taj i was going to do a joint post with agra fort and delhi, but i have decided the Taj Mahal deserves a post of its own. to be honest, i went to see it over a quick weekend trip and i expected it to be a checkmark on my india list and...
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Single Serving Friends…maybe

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"Tyler, you are by far the most interesting single-serving friend I've ever met" -Fight ClubA special treat when traveling are the "random" conversations i have with complete strangers. (yes i know this can happen anywhere, but i have higher success rate of engagement among travelers). There is a different dynamic and freedom in conversation with someone whom you will likely never meet again vs. a friend...
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Ganpati festival

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India is full of interesting surprises. I had heard about the festival of colors and a few other things, but i had know idea how there were many festivals throughout the year for the different gods. i happened to be in mumbai during the time of Ganpati festival, where ganesh or ganesha is celebrated and is obviously a city favorite. i attended both opening day...
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Good swastika, bad swastika

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I can't tell whether it's because i haven't learned enough world history or whether it's because our views are completely skewed by certain events that overshadow everything else, but i'm constantly finding myself in a cycle of what?!?...oh, ok. Good swastika  So i started noticing swastikas everywhere around Mumbai and then the rest of India. many are horizontal in orientation, but you'll also find the...
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Welcome to Mumbai

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Before I acquaint you with my new city, i want to give thanks to everyone who has played a part so far in the greatest year ever. Creator of the universe and all you people in it, THANKS!    I can conclusively say that 26 was my worst year and 29 has been the best yet. I am truly at home wherever i may roam. WELCOME...
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