September 10, 2012
year 2007, almost half a decade already passed, and this is the only time that i’ll get to write about my 1st official business trip experience in the us. i was sent on a 3-week training (which i’d rather call as ‘w-o-r-k’) to st.paul, minnesota together with 3 other colleagues. i remember that time i was very excited since it’s my very 1st onshore assignment and i’ve never been to any part of the world except metro manila. *haha*
anyway, i went there on a summer so i never experienced winter and the joys of building a snowman or throwing snow balls. nevertheless, it was still a memorable experience since the company shouldered everything and i was fortunate because i get to travel for free.
i stayed at a 2-bedroom apartment while the other guys stayed at a separate hotel. the place was too big for 1 person. at first it was a bit scary but then eventually got used to it.
since i’m the only girl among the group, i spent most of the time exploring the places alone. i make the most out of my 3-weeks stay because i feel that i’ll never get the chance to go back there *easily* again.
like any people who go out on a business trip, there are days that we go out as a group and enjoy sight-seeing this laid back city.
one of the best things about traveling is that you meet new people along the way…
…and celebrating birthday with a bunch of hot girls (i think the guys enjoyed it more than i did) *haha*
st. paul is not as highly urbanized as those major cities you see in the movies such as new york and chicago. there are times you will be surprise to see that shops are already close as early as 7 or 8 pm. what it lacks in glitz and glamour, it compensates for the beautiful surroundings as manifested by the blooming flowers and shady trees along the sides. they said i was lucky as it’s not winter that time. otherwise, i would have to endure the as low as -15 to -20 degrees celsius temperature of winter.