Biji's Hill Retreat
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So last week in a single day 1) A client asked how my bowel movements were ('textbook, thanks') 2) I was asked by the security guard on my way out how much my salary was, how much rent I paid and how much cash I had on me; and 3) a beggar jumped into the taxi next to me while I was leaving and the driver just drove on as he continued with some close-quarters begging. The most surprising thing about all this was that none of it really surprised me. I think maybe human beings only have ...
... great fun and the views were spectacular! The children have now finished school for the summer. Last week we had a festival with them all where they sang songs, did crafts and played lots if fun games. Azaria and I were in charge if the craft which we based on Noah's ark. We made an ark frame out of bamboo then filled it in with cardboard. Then we made paper mâché animals out of the bottles of drinking water Azaria and I have consumed - we have drank over ...
... sandwiches or candy so we never knew what was coming next.
However, it wasn't 14 hours as promised, we finally arrived in Mumbai at 1:00 pm. As in the afternoon. We took taxis from the station for another two hours to our hotel. We checked into the hotel at 3:00pm, which is 23 hours after we started. It took me longer to go from Mt. Abu to Mumbai then from New York to Delhi.
So now I'm tired and also remember that ...
Matheran - September and October 2008 Matheran is a small hill station about 100km away from Mumbai. It is our favourite nearby destination, being the perfect place to see butterflies and post monsoon wildflowers. 2008 saw a mass blooming of exquisite purple Strobilanthes Callosa [Karvy] which flowers just once in four to five years; perhaps best witnessed in mass bloom at Matheran. We always stay at ...
... for a further two hours. The scenery from the toy train is pretty amazing. Once you've tried to forget that the train seems to be almost overhanging some pretty precarious cliffsides at times and you could have *sworn* that bridge was reinforced with gaffer tape... It was a bit hazy so I dare say our photos won't do justice to the view, so you'll have to take our word for it that it was good - the steep forested and rocky hillsides dropping sharply away to ...