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... sprout from walls and the ground and are hung low overhead.
· Jockey underpants are all the rage.
· There is no place safe from signage and adverts, even in the backwaters.
· "Temples" can get permits to blast high decibel chants at early hours that continue for ear splitting hours.
The second day in Mumbai was a day of extremes...from elaborate, fancy wedding parties, to the poorest people living on the streets. Mumbai itself is a city where wealth and poverty are literally at each other's doorstep. Cramped, slums can literally be steps away from a huge, palatial home. It is impossible not to see both when in this city.
The day started with the henna ceremony. It was a gathering of the grooms side (the bride had her own ceremony with her ...
... obvious people were living. One bridge we went over had families washing clothes, food, children and themselves out in the open while thousands of taxis, tuk tuks and trucks raced past. Some families didn't even have roofs over their heads; just a sheet of cardboard to lie on and a tattered blanket to share amongst five. The poverty was heartbreaking. This slum area eventually petered out all together into a large barren area full of construction equipment and ...
... on the train the next day. The change was made well in advance of my arrival and they were notified properly. As with all things logistical my standards for communication remain high. But they obviously weren't too impressed by the fact that I'd now only be paying them about £10 for one night rather than £50 for five nights, so when I ended up on the phone to them saying, "Hi, I've got a reservation for tonight but the roads are blocked, can you tell me how to get there?" they ...
... to go see the posh toilets in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel so obviously I went in to check them out. They were pretty good and a world away from the toilets I've been used to recently! The security in all the hotels seems pretty rigid, they scan your bags like at an airport, I even had to do the same when I went to Starbucks! Still it's probably not a bad thing after the various attacks they've had here in the past. After that I did some exploring, found a ...