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... according to Mr Stein), risking our tender stomachs to some lovely street food out in the open air. We went to the same place Stein had recommended and it really was amazing food, although me thinks by this stage, Mark's stomach was a tad defiant and wanted a rest! Finished off the night with a walk back to the hotel via Starbucks where we found out that we could get free wifi.... guess where we are tomorrow; we'll get the hang of this hot spot stuff ...
We walked the whole length of 'The Necklace' - a huge semi-circle of a promenade on this south west side of Mumbai. It was very humid and sticky but we made it. Then, a taxi ride later, we arrived at Dhobi Ghat, the biggest open-air laundry in the world! WOW! Dickensian scenes, alive today. A local explained that they were all independent little businesses with workers earning approximately £60 a month, working starts at 4am till after midnight ...
... of their day-to-day life or how it is. Internet, businesses, private security, the works! They were all so friendly. We toured through the mini maze like passageways and into their homes. We saw the recycling trade and products produced by them all and how influential the slums actually impact on the cities economy. They even had a gym inside and some of the guys wanted me to come in and do a few reps, so I obliged and got some snaps taken with them. ...
... went to the National Museum which was great and occupied us for hours; a nice surprise as we are normally in and out of museums in 20 minutes because we lack patience/culture. And we ate with rats on the beach... back to ratty as promised.
There are rat size holes all over the place in Mumbai and we had, naively, wondered what might live in all these holes. Then we began to see rats... pretty much all the time. We don't mind, it's not a new thing when travelling ...
... of the most shocking roadside garbage mound or the poorest neighbourhoods. He doesn't shy away from the tough realities, but neither does he fear monger. Context is provided for everything.
The tour was designed as a sampler of northern India with input from Tracy and Greg. We covered the most incredible spectrum from the shock of New Delhi, the spiritual intensity of Varanasi ...
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