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... motorcycles. Michel drags behind on the initial crossing stopping regularly to take pictures and enjoy the sights. We complain loudly that he has kept us waiting for so long at the far side of the bridge. After taking a quick lunch we turn around and head back to cross over the bridge yet again. We warn Michel to keep up with us but almost immediately he falls back. We troop on figuring we will have to wait for him at the other side. Without warning we hear a ...
... 1000 troughs where hundreds of people scrub tonnes of clothes clean every day. We wandered through the alleys and got ourselves lost before taking a train further north to the Dharavi slum - over 1 million people live in an area less than 1.75 square kilometres. Again, getting lost in the alleys was fascinating with hundreds of smiling faces staring out at us. It always amazes me how people living in such squalid conditions can a) be so joyful and b) have ...
... and it turns out it wasn't so glamourous; a 15+ hour day, dressed up in heavy, sweaty bollyood gear and dancing around for the payment of 500 rupees if you were able to stick it. (so shelly actually saved us from a horribe day - just saying) *Get off, I'm typing! Its my go!
So anyway, we didn't go. But we did do the Slum tour. We agreed it is one of the best tours we have ever been on giving a glimpse into the lifestyle of the people in these slums. ...
... also in the same vein. Got to the hotel feeling really ****, had a (cold) shower and went upstairs to the hotels rooftop cafe which was a small indoor room with unusable wifi. Lisa wanted a break from spice so we ordered a couple of toasties which came with chillies throughout. Popped out agin for a 20 minute walk round the hotel but we just felt to done in to find all the hectic-ness amusing in anyway and went back to go to bed. Bit of a pants day ...
... houses and slums are gated mansions and high rise luxury hotels. Also evident was just how overcrowded and polluted Mumbai is, with every street seemingly overflowing with people, stray dogs, cows and rubbish of all kinds.
First stop for us ...