Over the last two decades, I have travelled quite a few times to the USA. My first trip was in 1999 when I got invited by Microsoft Corporation, USA for one of their premier event that was happening in downtown Seattle and that was obviously the memorable one. I was excited to be travelling to the United States and that too to the headquarters of my idol Mr Bill Gates. Then, I never imagined I will be travelling in the next few years, many times to America, so I went around the country, coast to coast, visiting all the friends and family who lived there.
I started my travel from Seattle, then went to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Columbus (Ohio), Washington (DC), Virginia, Baltimore, Boston, and, New York. Yes, it was quite a trip. I was a naive traveller then, I went around the country from city to city with two extra-large suitcases for no real reasons.
Downtown Seattle – Washington Convention Center – 1999 (ignore the date marked 2000)
(Left) View from one of the offices in Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington – 1999. (Right) Inside view of a manager’s office.
(Top row) Golden Gate Bridge. (Bottom) Lombard Street (Crooked Street), San Francisco. 1999.
In 1999 – Pictures of the 17-mile drive near Pebble Beach. (Bottom Left) An overly exposed picture of me in the Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz, CA.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Hollywood Road and Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999
Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles in 1999
Disneyland, Anaheim, California in 1999
Inside a mall and a Barnes & Noble Store in 1999
Inside a laundry room in a hotel – I can’t believe I was fascinated by this! (ignore the date marked 2000)
The United States Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio in 1999
An American Squirrel
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
White House, Washington (DC)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Capitol Hill, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington D.C. in 1999
Dolphin show and other entertainment in Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1999
The Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York Harbor in 1999
The view of the New York Stock Exchange in 1999. The first and only transaction I did in the Wall Street – of withdrawing money in an ATM
(From Left bottom) United Nations Headquarters, view from Empire State Building and World Trade Center in 1999
View from Niagara Falls, New York, USA in 1999
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride in 1999
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour, Cave of the Winds in 1999
In 1999, Venkatarangan posing in Niagara Falls, New York