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We arrived at Mumbai airport and after negotiating with a host of taxi drivers and leaving several looking rejected and desperate, we were whisked off in another fleet of ambassadors. We watched as all the other taxis drove off with their boots open with our friends' luggage hanging out, knowing that ours was in the same boat. Driving in Mumbai was …
... of a bakery where we bought a slice of chocolate cake, a chocolate brownie and some apple pie. We then bought a bottle of red wine (also been craving) and went back to our hotel to relax for the rest of the day.
Why didn't we go out for a nice dinner? After 5 months of eating out for every single meal, staying in is a treat. We shared the chocolate cake that evening and it was absolutely ...
... out when the head wobble means 'yes' and when it means 'I don't know' *, how to cross the road without dying, and now what it's like in India's biggest slum.
Over the next two days, we will be flying to Beijing and starting our Chinese adventure. Namaste, India!
* Because it really can mean anything. We had several situations along the lines of:
"Is this train for Jaipur?"
"Um, is that yes or no?"
... spiritual ease of life With people of different beliefs living in harmony To the chaotic and anarchic roads From the multiple Hindu, Moghul, Muslim Palaces and Temples Through the sounds, colours and flavours that blows the mind To the dirt, rubbish, odors, dust, papers, feaces. Q And the constant sound of horns that rule the streets Through the mixing of people, animals and ...
... builds, well they use to be.
The Indians seem to let all these buildings run down & there doesn't seem to be any major construction or reconstruction in this area anyway since the British left in 1947.
Anyway a good walk & plenty to see & take photos of.
We had lunch in a cafe with A/C & watched India go by (this is the best way to do it.
So much poverty & still there are ...