Slumdog Budget Backpackers
Trip Start Apr 21, 2010
79Trip End Jan 15, 2011
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To our horror, we thought our train had come in as a carriage rolled up next to us. It was standing room only and well packed to say the least. Thankfully we got talking to a group of ladies from the UK, who were on a wildlife tour, and their guide explained it wasn't our train
We had boarded the Paschim Express from Delhi to Mumbai and this train had taken us 23 hours from start to finish. It was during this time, conversing with the locals, that we noticed a strange, but very common, wobbly head phenomenon on the heads of the Indians. At first we weren't sure but, after a while, it was definately there. Every time an Indian spoke to us there would be an unstable wobbling of their head, to the point we thought it might just fall off!
Unused to this during every conversation we were to have, we had to compose ourselves in order to continue the conversations. Apparently it is a conscious movement to demonstrate understanding and/or agreement. We're still not convinced and suspect it may be more of a social habit. Worryingly it is also said to be infectious, watch this space (or head as it may be...) on our return.
Because our train was majorly late we had a mere six hours in Mumbai. We bartered hard for a taxi to give us a quick tour but eventually had to pay on the meter. When we got into the taxi Skinner noticed that the meter was, in fact, a domestic electric meter wired to the engine, the reading of which would be converted into a Rupee charge at the end.
We should of got a discount as we were only allowed half of the car
We got over to the Dobhi Gat laundry where only men work due to the physical nature of the work. Beth had a good crack with a local girl who filled her in on the goings on. Each man gets 100 items per day to clean and the laundry comes from all walks of life including the local hospital and factories.
Following this we passed some time in a cinema near the train station and then it was onto another train to take us to Goa...