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I’m Moving my Daughter and Cats and Our Life to Bangalore, India

I am writing my first-ever blog post from a hotel room in Bangalore, having arrived only earlier today ready to start living this new adventure of my life.

Things have moved quite quickly since I applied online for my new job through  In fact, little more than 5 weeks have passed which is incredible from my perspective, as someone who has been living off and on in Barcelona, Spain for the past 18 years.  In Spain, selection processes typically take ages, and certainly more so if the candidate lives outside the EU and requires residency and work permits.

The efficiency and speed of both Indian businesses and the government are amazing.  I applied for my job and literally the next day received an email requesting a phone interview.  A few days later I had my first interview, a week later the 2nd phone interview and the next day I was officially invited to Bangalore for a face-to-face interview.  10 days later I was in Bangalore for my 3 days of wonderful dinners, days spent at the office, interviews and meetings with people who would become my new colleagues.  Before I left on the 3rd day I had a signed employment contract and was armed with every document I would need for my residency and employment visa.  Incredible!

Trying to squeeze 41 kilos into the 23 kilo maximum
After pleading with the Qatar manager and actually trying to cry for her when I realised I couldn’t pay for 1 extra bag but had to pay combined weight at 35€ per extra kilo – here I am trying to thin out my bags a bit! The tears helped as she only made me pay for 5 kilos, but luckily my wonderful friend and neighbor Ole Berg was there to take home 1 bag and many kilos of clothes and shoes, including my favourite Prada boots!
Then came time for the efficiency of the Indian government to impress me.  Compared to other countries who charge similar fees for a tourist visa, I think that roughly 200€ for a 1-year residency and employment visa is reasonable.  Especially when it was approved – from the date of application to when I received the visa – in only 7 short business days!  Amazing!  And I simply need to register with the police within 14 days of arrival at no additional cost to me.

So here I am.  Anxiously awaiting to start my new job in the morning, nervously imagining the changes that are in store for me and my day-to-day life, and already missing my daughter who has stayed behind to finish her GCSEs (sophmore year).  Basically, I am looking forward to all of the hysterical and wonderful situations I will encounter as this SoCal/Euro girl starts working and living it large in Bangalore.  I hope you will follow along as I document the many cultural misunderstandings I’ll be part of, the embarrassing moments I’ll face trying to eat spicy food, and read along as I walk you through the sights, the smells and the sounds of this wonderful country.

XOXO from Bangalore


© Angela Carson, Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011

Angela Carson

At 21 I left uni, jumped into my Jeep Wrangler, and drove from my native California to live an adventure in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I've explored 37 countries on 4 continents, residing in 8 of them (currently Indonesia's Riau Islands is my home). I even have a private pilot's license and was shot at once by bandits!

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  1. kristi Owen

    i am so impressed and excited for you! i can hardly stand it.

    have you figured out the time thing? i don’t get the 30 minute off set thingie?

    have a GREAT first day at work!!!

  2. Chris

    Welcome back to the world of Spicy food and spicy living!

  3. Good Luck and will be reading up on your indian adventures

    Ry & Montse xoxo

    1. angela_carson

      haha, Ryan, I just now noticed you signed the post with Pennycan 🙂 Ahhhh, that was a GREAT AFTERNOON! Big kiss to you and Montse, gonna miss you xo

  4. PencilGirl

    Wow!! I’ve reached your very first post on this blog!! I don’t think I intended to read so much.. 😐 I just got sucked in! 😀 😀
    I love the way you write! Seeing Bangalore from an all new perspective! Great blog! 🙂 🙂 😀 😀

    1. angela_carson

      Wow, this is a huge moment!! I think only my mom, daughter (finishing up the school year in Barcelona) and a few mates read my blog so thanks so much for the kind words. I am having so much fun documenting everything!! I have always been in marketing and communication but this is the first time I have really applied my passion for writing to something personal…I think I might have found my “what do I do when I am too old to land a hot job” solution 🙂

      Keep up yours too, I will check in from time to time 🙂

  5. Bharath

    Hi Angela,

    I am a Bangalorean relocated to Dubai, been here for the last 5 years of my life. I have just gone through your first blog and hope to read further to see my city from an expat ‘s point of view. Good Luck.

    1. angela_carson

      Thanks, Bharath! Hope Dubai is treating you well. And yes – please keep reading, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to think of someone so far away keeping up with Bangalore through my tales and stories 🙂 Thanks, ang

  6. Sudhahar

    Hi Hi!
    I am an indian, living in USA for last three years. I really don’t know how to express my feelings.. I was in bangalore for two years and enjoyed the whole stay… sometimes I thought that I was missing India.. but I feel like I am not gonna miss anymore… whenever I want to see India, I will just visit your blog and read an article.. Thanks for such a great blog.. Expect my comments in all of your posts! Will finish all of them asap. Take care. Majaa Maadi!

    1. angela_carson

      Wow, that was soooo sweet 🙂 Glad you are enjoying my blog so much, you just made my day. Funny how I can’t imagine ever living in the US again and you are from here and are feeling the opposite. We balance each other out I guess!! hehe

      1. Sudhahar

        Exactly 🙂 I am planning to read one post per day so that I could get the feeling of india for a longer time… But the way u have written pulls me to finish them at one shot ;-( anyway I will try my best.. Have a wonderful day!

        1. angela_carson

          Sooooo cool, please start from the beginning (as you are I see) as I think it gives a funnier to feel to how I experience India. I started the blog on the 1st day I arrived, it began just to keep friends and family informed so it has random crap about my day for the first couple of months… then it starts to evolve to a more topic-based blog. Anyway, thanks so much and hope you will add your 2 cents from time to time –angela

  7. I bumped into your Cheerleaders post , I don’t remember where and then I read a couple of others and I told myself, “hey, why not go along with Angela’s journey. Should be an exciting one, unlike” And here I am starting right from the beginning and since this is about a year ago, I believe you have already settled well in the country. I am tying up myself from reading all your stories in a day. 😀 The way you have gone about embracing a country which is so different from what you are is really commendable. 🙂

    1. angela_carson

      That is really so damn sweet, thanks. I’ve had a really rough and strange past 4 or 5 days and that comment really made me smile. I’m actually just finishing up an article about the funniest and strangest emails I’ve received the past year. If you are cool with it, I will add in your nice comment as a favourite “kind words” comment. Let me know if I can use your name?? Thanks! Ange

      1. Awwwww Ange…(Can I call you by that name? If not, do let me know 🙂 ) Hopefully you ‘ll get over this(rough time) much sooner and have a blast.. About using my name……….. Go ahead and add in some nice, sweet lines about me.. I definitely wouldn’t mind some publicity (By some I secretly mean a lot).. 😉

        1. angela_carson

          So sorry but I wrote and launched the article too quickly 🙁 Next round 🙂 And yes … please use my name!! Ange, Angie, Angela…. you pick!

      2. LOL.. Also your body/mind clock is still working on EST/CST/PST rather than IST!!!

        1. angela_carson

          Yeah, I don’t tend to go to sleep until 4am or by 3 most days 🙁

      3. That’s bad… Trust me, I have no intention of making this a chat section.. Need to keep your blog pretty.. 🙂

  8. Iliana

    Hi Angela!

    I am so glad I came across your blog! I have just accepted an exciting opportunity to work in Bangalore for a year and of course I rushed online to read anything I could get my eyes on. I really wanted to read about Bangalore from a woman's perspective and I came across your great blog.  I feel very scared and a bit excited but after reading about some of your adventures, I feel more excited than anything. I am sure it will be a rollercoaster ride but that's part of the fun 🙂

    I attempted to read all your blog posts in one evening but that’s not possible…even though I just can’t stop and keep on clicking next J. Since I am still playing catch up, I hope all is going well for you and your daughter!

    1. AngelaCarson

      Thanks so much Iliana, I’m sure you will have fun here and make your own adventures.  Do feel free to email me if you have any specific questions, I’d be happy to help 🙂

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