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INDIA – THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME When Ceanne learned that I was taking a trip to India, she asked me if I would be willing to write an article for the Past President’s Corner in the Bridge. I happily agreed to do so and began to think about how I could write something that related to our jobs. I finally realized that the important message is that we all work hard and we all need a real break now and then and that I would just make this article about my trip, giving you a small bit of insight into my break from work in “Incredible India.” In late October/early November of 2010 my husband and I travelled to India for the first time – a trip that has been a lifelong dream for my husband. In preparation for our trip we read everything we could and became more excited about the trip the more we read. Mary Lou Miller Hassard Bonnington LLP Mary Lou Miller can be reached At (415) 288-9800 or Nothing, though, can prepare one for the true experience. If you have ever been to India, you will understand. On the flight home we talked about how we would explain our trip to our friends and family – it is almost impossible to impart to anyone who has not been to India why it was such an amazingly wonderful experience without being able to share the sights, colors, sounds and smells with you. I’ll do my best to give you an overview of our experiences; don’t be surprised if you, too, will want to make the same trip. But, I digress! We started out in Delhi and went from there to such places as Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur (the jewelry center of India), Jodphur (yes, this is where the riding pants by the same name originated), Pushkar (where they have the camel fair each year), Ranthambore (where we went in search of the elusive tiger) and Udaipur (where we visited the palace in the lake). On our journey, we shared the roads with brightly painted trucks, scooters, auto rickshaws, bicycles, tour buses, cows, goats, water buffalo, pigs, monkeys, and dogs, and, oh yes, people on foot! It would take pages to describe the numbers of people on each of the vehicles mentioned or the numbers of animals and people on the roads. Note that in India, although there are lines painted to delineate traffic lanes, they are virtually ignored, both in the countryside and in the big cities. Suffice it to say, it all provided those of us on the tour with much to talk about. Not surprisingly, the highlight of the trip was seeing the Taj Mahal in person. We were fortunate to be able to visit it at sunset and the following morning at sunrise (see the picture). Some of our other adventures, though, were also exciting, e.g., riding on an elephant (photo also included), riding in a camel cart and riding in an open-top jeep searching for tigers in uncharted parts of Ranthambore Park. We saw more incredibly beautiful temples than we could count. We are a bit of an adventurous couple, especially my husband. Even though we were on a formal tour (a nice size group of 8 people), he often told the tour guide that he wanted to go off on his own. On one such adventure, my husband came back with what has now become a tradition on our international (Continued on page 8) 7 Golden Gate Chapter January 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Bridge - January 2011

The Bridge - January 2011
Table of Contents
President’s Message
It’s Time to Renew!
India—Trip of a Lifetime
Let’s End Annual Performance Reviews in Law Firms
Operations & Technology Section Meeting Notice
Go Team!
Hot Topics From the List Serve
Holiday Luncheon Photos
Human Resources Section Meeting Notice
2011 Webinars
2010 Business Partner Services
2010 Salary Survey Order Form
Member Anniversaries
Job Bank
Golden Gate Chapter Leadership
January—February 2011 Calendar

The Bridge - January 2011