Never a dull day...

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
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Trip End Feb 24, 2013


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Planet Plaza, Mumbai

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I was thinking I'd start the blog next week after something interesting happens, but of course in India there is never a dull day.   We landed at Mumbai Airport at 0250 and it took us well over an hour and a half to get through the airport and get our bags.  We quickly discovered the joys of staying in small basic hotels - they don't answer their phones in the early hours of the morning when you are trying to find out where the driver is, they are difficult to find (the taxi driver has to stop and ask many people) and when you do find the hotel is has locked the doors, pulled the shutters down and turned off the lights!  Thankfully rattling the shutters and ringing the bell woke up the night porter and we stepped over his bedroll to get in to the very small lobby, already muttering about going somewhere else tomorrow night.  

After a good nights sleep things looked better and we were thankful that the room was clean and comfortable with working air con.  The absence of windows is a benefit when we are on a busy road with the inevitable horns blowing and dogs barking, we couldn't hear them.  The lack of toilet paper has forced us to get straight in to Indian mode using the wonderful hand shower to clean up after toilet visits - maybe too much information for the first blog entry. 

We headed out to investigate the area and were pleased to find some simple air conditioned restaurants and have enjoyed two very good curries so far.  This was always planned as a sleep day but great to find a cinema complex close by and booked in to see Life of Pi in 3D for our first Indian cinema experience.   We were thrilled that everyone stood up at the beginning for the Indian national anthem (Terry tells me this used to happen in the UK), and even more delighted when the anthem was performed on screen by a large group of deaf children - absolutely beautiful! If you want to see it check out the video of Patriotism Knows No Language ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk02qPlnS2E.

Loving being back in the madness that is India!

 


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