Slumdog Millionaire

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 08, 2012

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Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

As predicted I woke up feeling a little bit jaded. The lack of available water issue needed to be addressed very quickly, but I decided to get myself sorted and the backpack repacked before allowing myself to sit and attempt to recover. The alka seltzers were located as a matter of priority and after breakfast I started to perk up. Everyone had enjoyed the previous evening, but we were all now dreading what the bill would be! Mine wasn't too awful in the end, but I was slightly fortunate in that a rum and coke had been forgotten from the tab. I gave a tip to make up for it!

Thoughts started to turn to the sleeper train that we would be getting from here to Mumbai. The only thing that concerned me was the thought of wedging my bag under the seat- it is really huge now. We made it in plenty of time to the station where we were given our berth numbers. This would be slightly different from my experience of Thail sleeper trains as there are three beds crammed into each row rather than two and we wouldn't be in our own cabin. As it was I drew the slightly short straw and ended up slightly separated from the group. Ruby was close by and we chatted for a while before she headed off to arrange sheets and make sure that everyone had settled ok. Meanwhile back at my bunk, 5 Indian men and I sat and whiled away the time. By nine I was ready to make up my bed. I slept surprisingly well despite being hunched in the foetal position all night. Have I mentioned that being tall is not an advantage when you are travelling! People randomly swapped bunks during the night and bizarrely at 2am I was woken by someone being handed a snack. It must have been an emergency!

Despite a delayed departure, we arrived earlier than scheduled and jumped into taxis to our hotel. Katharine and I felt like giants finding out way to our room as the ceilings were very low- my bag kept getting caught as I made my way up the stairs- more proof that shorties have an easier life!!

After some food And showers etc we went out for a walk around (a very small part) of the city's slums. Everybody we saw had a smile on their face and was happy to see us. Small boys played cricket and posed for photos and a rat fell on Kelly. Those are the things that I remember most. It is sad that people have to live in such conditions, but we are told that the money is not the issue here- there simply isn't space enough for everyone to have a large house.

After our short glimpse of the slums we strolled to The Gateway of India and saw the sights of the 2008 terrorist attacks. After the usual round of questions from the locals and numerous requests for photos we made our way to Cafe Leopolds for dinner. I was excited to see beef on the menu but disappointed when my burger arrives, tasting slightly of perfume (again) and swimming in Indian spiced mayonnaise. Nevermind! I suppose it was to be expected.
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Libby on

Rat FELL on someone!!!! AHHHH! Hope you didn't stay there too long! Hope you have better luck with the food in future, doesn't sound too good so far! x

lukeandloumann on

How are you finding the requests for photos? I was asked a couple of times in Jordan, not sure why... found it really weird! x

catherinewalker on

Yes, a rat fell on someone. She was very calm about it- I didn't even hear about it until a couple of hrs later. I would have freaked out! Food is sporadic but had a lovely pad thai when I got to Bangkok! The requests for pictures were weird. I didn't mind at first, at the Taj Mahal etc but we spotted a few people taking pictures of the girls in the group in the bikinis. Apparently there was a lot of zooming in going on- very creepy!!

Nathalie on

that is very calm I would have been a wreck if a rat fell on me....loving these blogs Cath! x x x

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