Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
34Trip End Jul 08, 2012
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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
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.