Saturday, June 11, 2011

Prestige Langleigh

This morning, I awoke at 6 AM and could not fall back asleep so I took a shower and had breakfast at the Bangalore Club before checking out and getting a Taxi to the airport where Troy received his luggage one day late.  The Bangalore airport is new and gorgeous, however, it is an hour outside of the city so pretty inconvenient.  Fortunately I have had no problem finding metered cabs so that I am not being ripped off as a typical tourist would.  After retreiving Troy's luggage, which was a hassel as security guards carrying large rifles would not let us into the arrivals area where baggage claim is so we eventually successfully communicated with a service counter outside the airport and they called for baggage claim to bring the suitcase outside.

The second cab ride was longer at an hour and fifteen minutes as Whitefield is a completely separate city from Bangalore and located an hour outside the city. Whitefield is where HP, Dell, and several other international conglomerates outsource their call centers and factories.  Much like the rest of India, the gorgeous, gated HP complex is surrounded by rubble and smaller stores located in concrete shacks.

Once arriving at Prestige Langleigh, I checked-in with the three security guards at the gate and met with Babu, the houseman for our four bedroom condo.  I am still unaware of his duties but he basically lurks around the apartment and constantly offers me coffee and tea.  The condo has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, Babu's separate bedroom and bathroom, a living room, a dining room which leads to the outdoor patio, and a massive kitchen.  Overall, the complex is gorgeous, with gardens and a pool.  Prestige Langleigh is considered a serviced residential complex as in the apartment gets cleaned, bed made, towels washed; essentially it is a hotel atmosphere complete with room service.  I am currently awaiting the dinner I ordered through Babu...I really do find it awkward having him around but his is nice and I am sure I will get used to having him around eventually.

My bedroom

Courtyard and Pool

Security Gate

The complex

Living room, complete with three Indian newspapers in English

Dining Area

As of now, I am staying in for the night as it gets dark extremely early and Whitefield is in the midst of a terrontial downpour as this is monsoon season.

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