Bollywood Dreams & Goa Coconut Huts

Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2011

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Friday, December 24, 2010

As I was checking into my hostel in Mumbai, an agent approached and asked if I would like to be an extra in a Bollywood film.  At first, I was hesitant ... but two other girls standing nearby said their friends had done it and it was fine.  I thought about it for another minute and then said, "Sure, why not?!"

Two days later, I was on the set posing as a guest at the International Naval Ball during the "fight scene."  There was a lot of standing around between takes, but it was a blast to have my hair and make-up done and watch the crew in action.

The following day, my friend Pete wanted to go on a tour of Dharavi, Asia's largest slum and filming location for Slumdog Millionaire.  I felt like I had already seen enough grinding poverty while passing through the streets of Mumbai, but he convinced me that there was something to be gained and it was done in a respectable manner (including no photos).  He was right.  It was fascinating to see how this city within a city is able to pull together with little or no outside assistance.  What I found most inspiring was the innovative way in which these residents have started hundreds of businesses that recycle just about every kind of material you can imagine.

After Mumbai, the plan was to venture into central India and participate in a 10 day silent meditation course.  Well, apparently the program is quite good at this because after calling and emailing 10 times, I never heard anything.  I was disappointed, but decided I would go to Goa instead to reflect and recharge. 

Since then, I've been living in a little "coconut hut" on one of the quieter, southern-most beaches.  I've been taking two classes of intensive ashtanga yoga everyday.  Thanks to my energetic and disciplined instructor, I can feel every muscle in my body.  I am also starting to feel like a million rupees again. ;)
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Nate P on

Merry Christmas, Crystal! I'm really enjoying reading about your experiences, impressions, and seeing glimpses of places I'd love to see with my own eyes. I know you're doing us proud wherever you go, just about everyone in your pictures seems to have a smile on their face. =)

marguerite on

We sure enjoy your accounts of your travel. What a relief to not just hear about the wonderful part of travel, but you send the whole story.

I know you would prefer to be home with family and friends for the Holidays. And I also think you will find a way to have a good Christmas.

Love, Marguerite

Carolyn Keys on

Hi Girl, See you on the big screen soon.
That cow on the beach reminds me of another I took while with you of cows on the beach in Burundi. Happy travelin' . I want to hear all about India afterwards. Is your beach location in the south actually in Kerala State? Be blessed. Carolyn

Judi on

Wazoo, Crystal! On your way back to the States, be sure to send your pic from Bollywood to Hollywood. Another whole career option awaits you!
Christmas blessings and hugs and thanks for your spirited and soulful posts.

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