How to make even a Diva uncomfortable with attention...
02.08.2010 - 02.09.2010 70 °F
So... for all of you out there who have accused me of thinking I'm the center of the universe (you know who you are) I'm here to tell you (again) that it isn't true! My proof is how incredibly uncomfortable I am with the amount of attention I'm getting here. I was told by my driver from the airport that the saying here is "Guest is God"... which, as an aside, was right before he asked if he could touch me because he'd never touched a white person before. That aside I thought he may be exaggerating. That is until...
1. I had a hostess actually accompany me to my room to check in rather than have me wait in line at the front desk
2. Everyone bows to me
3. The floor hostess (that's right) called down about dinner last night to the restaurant to forewarn them that I'm a foreigner (apparently they couldn't tell by looking at me...). This meant they not only went easy on the spice, there wasn't any at all. As a fan of spicy food this honestly was a little disappointing...
4. I have been asked about 15 times (remember it's day 2) what I am doing this weekend with many suggestions when I've said that I'm not sure yet... so much pressure!
5. When I called with an internet connection issue tonight they sent a technician to my room rather than trying to solve over the phone
6. People won't let me get to the office on my own. They come to pick me up, they walk me home... I think I finally convinced them that I can walk myself tomorrow (we'll see - I half suspect someone will be waiting in the lobby).
Other than that, it's only been two days but honestly feels like I've been here longer!
Work is going well - my favorite part of the office itself is that we have 'office boys' that bring us drinks to our desks. That's the best... a cultural phenomenon that I'd love to take back with me to the US! I've had some interesting business meetings and I'm learning quite a bit already. Such a cool experience.
I haven't had much time to take pictures, but I have included two:
1. The view from my hotel room
2. A picture of my shower... OK- this may seem silly but remember I work for Kohler and also, well, once you've experienced the rainshower you know that it's worth taking a picture of.
More to come later this week!