my year in cities, 2011

To continue the tradition from past years, here’s a list of cities I have been to this year:

End of an era: 5.5 years in the making, the thesis is submitted, bags are packed, memories are tucked away into a special part of my heart. It’s a little crazy to think about, but I’ve called A2 “home” for just about as long as any other city I’ve ever lived in!

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job hunt: The end of a Ph.D. brings with it an epic multi-month fly-everywhere-and-talk-about-yourself ordeal. Scheduling this was quite the epic traveling-salesman setup. (Turns out, we didn’t have an utterly optimal solution — I flew the DTW->PHX->SJC I think 4 times this year!)

  • Bay Area (Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose and San Francisco)
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Redmond, Washington: I come back here a few months later for a friend’s wedding
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Florham Park, New Jersey
  • New York City, New York

One last epic summer internship:

  • Mountain View, California

My first conference travel as a non-student:

  • Seattle, Washington

Going home: back to India after many years!:

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai: though Delhi is technically “home”, 2 weeks in Delhi, and I just had to leave for Mumbai. Maybe it’s the waves at Juhu beach. Maybe it’s the bustle of the trains. Or maybe it’s the huge list of seafood restaurants I just had to eat through!
  • Kolkata: Like an old, wizened grandma, it doesn’t matter HOW many years you come back after, Kolkata is always the same.

Southeast-Asia vacation with parents:

  • Singapore
  • Putrajaya & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Genting, Malaysia
  • Penang, Malaysia
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Krabi Island, Thailand

Seven days in Rajasthan : Longest I’ve been away from my laptop!

  • Udaipur
  • Jodhpur
  • Jaisalmer
  • Jaipur

Next up:

  • Columbus, Ohio!

21 cities, 5 countries, 2 continents — looking forward to 2012!

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About the author:

Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.


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