The business trip to India was excellent - a lot of good insights into our UBS office in Hyderabad.
Was also great catching up with Abhinav, Shanty, Frances and Rachit on old and current stories in the AIESEC world :)
Though for a day, it was great to catch up with family, friends and relatives back in Baroda and not to forget the Bombay tanking up at Toto's with Sam and Abhinav.
Besides that, the secret santa xmas dinner at Petroula's with Sab, G, Aine, PK and I was cosy too... Some really funny gifts and I thank my secret santa for this wonderful gift - acco. to her it was apt because of my new iPhone (Thank you PK for this thoughtful gift :)).
Other big highlight was Mairi's visit here, unfortunately Pinar couldn't make it due to some last min. hassles and we def. missed her. We went 10,000 feet up to Mt. Titlis - the most beautiful site I have ever seen. Though pictures say a thousand words, to be there and witness the amazing mountains from such a height - it was a different world out there. It was fascinating to have numerous conversations with her and hear her experience with Health Estonia foundation. It was absolutely a perfect holiday...some pictures below - many more on my flickr badge.
On one of the mountains - there is a natural statue of Buddha or at least seems like that. It was an incredible sight and there is a fascinating story of Chinese Olympic gold medalist- Donghua Li behind this. The first picture in the last row in the collage shows that.
And how did I spend xmas?
Well, it was Gaurav and I at home - watching a lot of movies, 24 episodes, a couple of premiership matches and scotch :) besides the wonderful xmas AIESEC interns dinner.
My xmas message and quote is my best line from one of the Harry Potter books - comes from Book 2 - Chambers of Secrets.
"It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
On that note I want to wish you all merry xmas and a new year to everyone where you have the strength to make conscious choices that bring you growth and happiness in all spheres of life.For new year celebrations, looking forward to meet few other AI friends in Austria - can't wait....