Operation: 'Get us out of Mumbai'
Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
118Trip End Dec 31, 2015
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Operation 'Get out of Mumbai'...
Fully aware that we are being heavily over charged (but willing to leave at any cost!) we book a sleeper coach leaving the same evening. To pass the time (and to escape the shoulder-bumping footpaths) we take a radip taxi tour of the tourist hot (and not so hot) spots. We fly by hanging garden, Ghandi museum, Chowpatty beach, temples and cautiously (against the Lonely Planet's advice...snort!) get samosas and dahl at a street food stall - thankfully no Delhi-belly so far
The sleeper coach is an experience: two of us crammed into a twin bunk (even smaller than Paul's cupboard room!) with leather pillows, we're right at the back of the coach so we're thrown around and feel every bump in the road, we only stop once in 12 hours for the toilet........I'm not sure whether it was the prospect of soon being on a sunny beach or whether the chemicals from the air-con had gone to our heads but but we both managed to sleep and I'd even go as far as saying that we actually quite enjoyed it!
Looking back at Mumbai a month or so on, we;ve decided it wasn't actually that bad - we were blinded by the immense culture shock and the shear volume and sensory overload. It was actually a fascinating place - now we're used to everything that made us wast to leave, Mumbai has left us with a feeling that it's actually quite peaceful...granted much more hectic than other places we've been, but it seems to have its own rhythm and pace that seem to work which is a testament to the people and their attitude. We just don't think we stayed long enough to appreciate it at the time, but will try to stop there before we leave for Sydney to take a second look...