Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
28Trip End May 17, 2011
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The people were our favorite part of our journey. Every local we met went out of their way to talk with us, offering to help, making sure we were enjoying ourselves, wondering where we had been and what we were going to do. They loved westerners and especially people from the US, which was surprising to us. Barack-n-roll!
Mumbai greeted us with a big slap-in-the-face, in the best way possible. The streets were literally filled with thousands of people, dogs, tuk-tuks, cars, mopeds (we actually saw one ridden by a family of five, no helmets), bicycles, push-cart vendors, and more
Although we saw many of the beautiful sights of the city, we also saw crushing poverty and desperation. Any parallels we attempted to draw to cities in the west just didn't work. We needed to think with a new paradigm when it came to trying to grasp Mumbai.
Mumbai Facts ...
1. Population: 16 million, 27,000 people per square kilometer
2. Trains: at rush hour, an 1,800 person capacity train has 7,000 people on it
3. Number of public toilets for every one million people: 17 (that's not a typo)
4. Tourist necessity: toilet paper
We were fortunate to have Susie's sister, Lisa, join us for the first half of our Indian adventure and she fell in love with India just like we did.