Back From India and off to SXSWi

My trip to India was a huge success!

It was great to finally meet all the people who I had been exchanging emails with over the past 14 months at PayPal. There is something very human and refreshing when you put a face to the name. The training went very well and both weeks were very interactive with lots of great questions and discussions. We were able to get through beginning JavaScript and ended on intermediate OO JavaScript techniques. Everyone was really friendly and always made sure Kimberly and I were comfortable and having a good time.

While I was there I also received a comment on my blog asking me to do a talk at a local webcamp in Chennai. Even though I wasn’t able to make it out to that, it was very flattering to receive a request out of the blue like that. Thanks Prabhu!

Over the weekend we flew up to Delhi and Agra to see the Taj Mahal and a few forts. There aren’t words to explain how amazing of an experience it was. From seeing the amazing architecture and history to watching people putting the time, heart and pride into making a marble inlaid dinner table which takes a full year and a half to complete.

After the 2 weeks were complete I realized that it truly wasn’t about the training; it was about the people. There’s not enough room on my blog to thank everyone who affected my journey, but I want to say a special thanks to Guru Prasath and Reena Bansal. Guru made sure Kimberly and I were always comfortable and not getting ourselves into too much trouble and Reena became our tour guide through Delhi and helped us negotiate good prices for things in the market and let me borrow he camera when mine ran out of battery.

WebDev and UED in Chennai, India

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After I returned to California I had 6 days to readjust before jumped back on a plane to head down to Austin, Texas for 5 days at the SXSW Interactive conference. More on that later…