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We have the Queen Victoria Market, Mumbai has the "Crawford Market". Clare is keen to buy a tiffin and wants to take it home in her luggage, I will hold her to that as she is beginning to have a number of items that she has purchased that she resolutely states will go in her luggage. We will see.
We catch the local bus into the centre and walk from there. (About 2-3Km). As we approach there are some renovations going on so we negotiate the traffic to go into ...
... stunning. Struggled to get a picture of it all as it was so tall. I had to lie on the ground to take one, I'm not kidding. Anyway, this also happens to be owned by the richest man in Mumbai, who happened to fly in on his private helicopter whilst we were there. Did I forget to mention that it's his house? His 28 storey, five hundred roomed house...
Mani Bhavan: the home of Mahatma Ghandi (take two). It was here that Ghandi started the quit India movement.
After meeting Stef in Dubai airport, where we enjoyed a free meal (after a little bit of arguing about Emirates' "free meal" policy) and a oh-so-appreciated shower, we arrived in Mumbai airport in one (very tired) piece. The heat and humidity hit us like a brick wall. Even though we arrived in the morning, it quickly became apparent that our pale Western selves were not built for this weather, and so we went looking for our hostel, or more ...
After an unsuccessful nights sleep we find ourselves up bright and early, ready to start day 2 in Mumbai. Today's excursions are further afield so we decide to hire a car and driver to take us around town. We run through the itinerary with our driver and once we are all in agreement on the destinations and the price we pile into the car and venture into the chaos of Mumbai traffic. It soon become clear to us that our drivers grasp of English is not as good as he had led is to ...
... and try the old "Oh damn, we missed the alarm" trick was very high but somehow managed to fight it. The tour took us to Victoria Terminus Station, Crawford fruit and veg market, and then down a dark alleyway where the guy asked “any of you vegetarians?” On us replying no, he took us into the meat market building (remarkably like Infernos on a Saturday night, smelt a bit better). Vegetarians – I advise you to skip a paragraph now.
The first sight was a ...