Slums & Bollywood!
Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
27Trip End Feb 23, 2011
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I arrived into Mumbai and the blistering heat at about 11am and a guy from the youth hostel I booked was there to pick me up from the airport, It was a great youth hostel only 1Km from the airport, however it was quite expensive and about an hours drive from the centre of Mumbai. I met several other backpackers at the hostel and so we were able to share a taxi into town to get food and have our first taste of Mumbai
2 days later me and 4 of the other backpackers (3 Belguim 1 German) moved into Colaba in the centre of Mumbai, as that was where everything was! We managed to find a really cheap hostel there (Salvation Army) it was about £3 per night and included "breakfast" and by breakfast I mean 3 slices of bread and a tiny bannana.... also it was 50/50 whether or not there was water in the taps and the beds were somewhat itchy, but it was situated right beside the Taj Mahal Hotel, and rigth by the Gateway to India, so I couldn't really complain... especially since everywhere else in Mumbai was around £8 per night.
Mumbai (aka Bombay) is such a wonderful city with sooo much to see and do although the contrast between rich and poor is everywhere... on one side of the street people are sifting through rotten rubbish to find stuff to eat, sell or recycle while 2 min from there is the Taj Mahal Hotel with its marble floors and walls!!
Again I met up with several backpackers to try and find things to do and places to eat, including a guy from Belfast with the worst sunburn in the world and crazy South African man (a guy in his late 30s with lots of piercings who comes to India all the time and yet was soo enthusiastic about EVERYTHING
The day after was an Indian Holy day "Holi Festival of Colours" where everyone says "Happy Holi" and throws coloured powder and water on everyone. Its most vibrant in the poorer parts so we went to a slum area where the people were going crazy with music and everything... It was amazing to see! I got absolutely covered in colours and water!
So yeah, after 5 days in India, I have met some awesome people, had some awesome adventures, and am still completely healthy and well! Praise God! I arrived In Goa last night after a gruelling 12 hour train journey. The heat has been the biggest issue but i'm getting used to it, the food it great and I don't mind the spice too much!
So yeah, that about all I got for now. There is so much more I could tell you, but it would take forever, and there is a lot more adventure to be had!
Bye for now! :D