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  • Day43

    Night Train and Mumbai City

    February 17, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We went from a very uncomfortable 4 people on our bench to an unbearable 5...by 1am we had said goodbye to any possibility that we would get any sleep tonight. The guys who got on at the station had taken it upon themselves to start moving everyone’s luggage around from the racks to make space for people up there...however they hadn’t clocked where the luggage would go instead. They tried to move mine and Toms’ bags but I told them absolutely not and that I wanted eyes on them all night. They tried a couple more times before giving up as they realised that we were serious about them not touching our stuff. To our amazement, they all got out bits of cardboard and plastic sheeting and laid it out on the floor...these were their beds!! One of the group asked me to move my feet, bearing in mind they were in the aisle as there were 10 other pairs of legs and feet where mine could have been I asked him ‘where would you like me to put them?’ Confused, he tapped my legs and feet for me to move them. Again I asked the same question and his mate translated...I’d had enough with them completely. He eventually gave up probably realising that even white peoples’ legs weren’t detachable.

    We got absolutely no sleep and he prospect of the next 7 hours on this train in this position was haunting. However, the time did tick by and we just battled on, already saying that we’d never do this again or make the same mistakes with the tickets. We were about an hour from Mumbai when a lot of the passengers got off, it was at this point we saw their suitcases...they were big 10 litre paint tubs filled with clothes and all sorts of things. At the stop before we got off, some cross dressing men got on and started clapping and hassling people for money...it was really weird. It was almost as if they were blessing people and getting money for it, but it was just a money making thing. We eventually got off the train at Mumbai LTT station and were being hounded by the various taxi or tuktuk drivers, all of whom were trying to guess where we were going...a pointless exercise. I went over to the prepaid Tuktuk counter and said where we wanted to go, it was done via google maps so I went round and put it in the computer. The guy then clicked on the longest route possible - I told him to choose the short one as it was way cheaper (6km rather that 10km)! He reluctantly did so and we got to our hostel in the Bandra part of Mumbai for 122 rupees. We were zonked and felt jet-lagged and just passed out on the sofa at the hostel as we couldn’t check in just yet. When we got ourselves sorted and check in we had a little nap before we got into seeing Mumbai.

    We walked to Bandra station, stopping off to get noodles for 30 rupees at a very local, busy store. Shocked by litter on the journey. Didn’t want to buy ticket due to the queue, so we just hopped on a train heading south and hoped it went to Churchgate Junction. The train was boiling hot and at each stop it was a massive rush to get either on or off by the locals. Eventually we got to downtown Mumbai and began walking, first the post office, then the main train terminal and then the India Gate and Taj Palace Hotel, all of which had been built whilst India was under British rule and they were all the nicest buildings we’d seen so far in India. After the bad night we’d had and the hot weather in Mumbai, we both mutually decided to dive into a McDonald’s and get an ice cream for just 20rupees each. It felt like being back at home somewhere, being able to be sat down without vendors hassling you whilst you ate and enjoyed some food in air-con!

    Soon enough though, we were back on the streets and walking back towards the station to get back to Bandra. After a hectic walk back through the markets, we made it back to the hostel and had a hot shower - our first hot shower since Hatton in Sri Lanka! We cleaned up and went back to the lunch place and grabbed some more street food and just chilled out for the rest of the evening coming up with the plan for tomorrow. We’d been recommended to do the Dharavi Slum tour, so Tom organised this and we got an early night.
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    Valerie Fisher

    Messy xx

    2/25/20Reply
    Sally-Anne Marsland

    Well done George!

    2/26/20Reply
    Sally-Anne Marsland

    Nooooodles!

    2/26/20Reply
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  • Day939

    Mumbai

    February 13, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    oder von seinen Bewohnern noch immer Bombay genannt, gefällt mir. Chaos auf den Straßen, Staub in der Luft und überfüllte Gassen können dies nicht schmälern. Ich bin im Winter hier. Das heißt ich schmelze lediglich bei 30 Grad und werde nicht bei 48 Grad Crispy Cross gebacken. Denn natürlich heißt es trotz der Hitze möglichst Schultern und Knie bedeckt halten.

    Es ist das wilde Treiben, die kleinen Geschäfte und Straßenshops die Fahrradspeichen und Uhren reparieren, Schuhe putzen, selbstgemachte Limonade verkaufen oder das Abtippen von Texten auf alten Schreibmaschinen anbieten. Es ist der faszinierte Blick von Mitreisenden, eine Weiße Frau bei ihnen im Zugabteil zu sehen. Es sind die fröhlichen Gesichter, netten Worte, das Gehupe der Rikshas und Geschrei der Krähen. Die Luft, die überall wie in einem Esoterikladen riecht und natürlich das gute Essen. Das alles macht Indien so besonders exotisch und noch immer wahnsinnig faszinierend für mich. Schön, dass ich wieder hier bin!

    Und das Cafe Leopold! Eine Touristenattraktion. Für mich hauptsächlich wegen seiner Rolle in meinem Lieblingsbuch "Shantaram" aber leider auch Schauplatz des Terrorangriffs auf Mumbai 2008. Taschenkontrolle und Einschusslöcher inklusive. Aber das Paneer Tikka Masala war wirklich super lecker!
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    Adventure

    Wirklich tolle Farben...

    2/14/20Reply
    Anja Kiendl

    Der Mann im Hintergrund sieht aber nicht sehr begeistert aus 😂

    2/14/20Reply
     
  • Day43

    Indien Tag 16

    February 12, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Start in den Tag:
    7️⃣:3️⃣0️⃣

    Tag in 6 Worten:
    ▪️ Überall hilfsbereite Inder
    ▪️Vintage hotel 😍🏚️ (heritage home)
    ▪️Self made Sightseeingbustour
    ▪️Bollywoodmagie✨
    ▪️Haji Ali Dargah Moschee von weitem betrachtet🕌
    ▪️Mumbai Street Market

    Was hat uns heute ein Lächeln auf die Lippen gezaubert:
    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

    Mealplan:
    🕗McDoof Egg Cheese Sandwich mit Heißer schoki
    🕗Schokomuffin mit chai latte
    🕗Idly
    🕐Masala Dosa
    🕐Uttapam
    🕞Orange Juice, lemon juice, 2x watermelon juice
    🕕Feta Frühlingsrollen
    🕕2 Mocktails

    Besondere Begegnungen:
    Irgendwas stimmt mit unseren Schuhen nicht.. Wir wurden den ganzen Tag gemustert und "angelacht". 😁👟

    Informatives:
    Selbst in Großstädten wie Mumbai ist es kein Problem seine Kühe zu halten. 🤗🐄
    Die Öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel in Mumbai zu nutzen macht super viel Spaß und ist echt easy und günstig!
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    Annette Mayer-Schmitt

    Ist das eine Schule?

    2/12/20Reply
    Jana.alive

    Jap🤗

    2/12/20Reply
    Annette Mayer-Schmitt

    Die armen Kinder müssen auf dem blanken Boden sitzen😢

    2/12/20Reply
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  • Day206

    Mumbai: Nichts für schwache Nerven

    March 9, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Per Flugzeug, über Delhi, erreichen wir die Wirtschaftsmetropole Mumbai an der Westküste Indiens.
    Mit dem Taxi fahren wir zu unserem einfachen Hotel in einer Straße mit heruntergekommenen Häusern, in denen dicke Ratten ungeniert herumlaufen. In der 20 Millionen Einwohner Stadt treffen erschütternde Armut und überbordender Luxus aufeinander.
    So schlafen Familien in Verschlägen oder direkt auf der Straße und kleine Kinder, mit den noch kleineren Geschwistern auf dem Arm, betteln mitten im chaotischen Verkehr, während nicht weit entfernt Luxusgeschäfte und protzige Hotels jene Inder anziehen, die es geschafft haben.
    Am nächsten Tag will insbesondere Aliza das Hotel möglichst schnell verlassen, daher bringen wir unsere Sachen zum Bahnhof, um es in der altertümlichen Gepäckaufbewahrung zu deponieren und vor der Weiterreise zu einem Schildkröten Projekt an der Küste die Stadt anzusehen. Dort dient sich uns ein Taxifahrer mit für diese Breiten ungewöhnlich blauen Augen an, der uns den Rest des Tages fährt und hilft einige Dinge zu erledigen.
    Wir schauen uns den Park "Hanging Gardens" (es hängt aber nichts), den Stadtstrand und das "Gate of India" an. Bei letzterem handelt es sich um ein Tor am Wasser, von wo aus die Briten endgültig Indien verlassen haben.
    Insbesondere die Hanging Gardens sind eine wohltuende Oase, in der wir uns von dem Lärm der Stadt und den Menschenmassen erholen können.
    Da der Bus zu unserer nächsten Station bereits ausverkauft ist, vermittelt unser engagierter Helfer einen Fahrer, der uns über Nacht zu unserem nächsten Ziel fährt.
    Wir verlassen die laute, schmutzige und überfüllte Stadt gegen 10 Uhr abends und freuen uns auf das ländliche und naturnahe Indien. Nach ca. sechs Stunden kommen wir übernächtigt im kleinen Dorf Velas an.
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  • Day44

    Mumbai Dharavi Slum

    February 18, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We woke up nice and early and set off to get to Bandra junction train station to catch a train to Mahim junction where we would meet our tour guide for todays tour of Dharavi Slum, one of the largest slums in the world. We got to Bandra and got on any train heading in the direction of Mahim, which we found out as wrong as we sped past Mahim junction without stopping...we got out at a random train station and an Indian commuter decided to take us under his wing and ensure we got on the correct train to Mahim, what a nice guy! He even advised us to wear our backpack on our front to avoid the notorious pickpockets on the Mumbai inner city trains. We eventually got to Mahim and took a seat in Cafe Coffee Day, the exact meeting point for our tour.

    At around 9:45, Yahya arrived outside with three Irish girls, we went out to meet them to start our tour. Yahya worked for a company called ‘The Local Tours’, a company that we had been recommended by Jen, who Tom used to work with. It is a very socially aware company and they recruit university students that live in Dharavi to run the tours as a means of earning money to pay for their tuition fees, so it was a nice company to do it with. Yahya explained to us all that Dharavi was not a sad place to live, in fact a very desirable place to live for people in India. Over 1 million people called Dhiravi home and it has a booming economy, with a GDP of over $1 billion per annum with textiles, leather and recycling industries being its biggest income. Yahya explained how when Dharavi was founded, from dried up marsh land, people from all over India rushed to buy the land due to its central location in Mumbai, and now the land is very expensive at over a quarter of a million rupees per square meter. We walked round the streets and many alleyways of Dharavi and saw first hand each of the major industries at work and also where people were living and it was right what Yahya was saying, people were more than happy living here, in fact they loved living here. We got an awesome lunch in Yahya’s favourite place and then finished the tour near to a barber shop, so ever the opportune, Tom and I decided to get our hair cut, 80 rupees for a haircut!

    The man who would be doing the haircut had bright orange hair with matching beard, so hopefully he was better than whoever does his hair! We played rock, paper, scissors to determine who would go first....for the first time in ages, Tom won, so I was up! I’m not going to lie about 2 minutes in it looked like he had absolutely butchered my hair, but he turned it around eventually and he actually gave me a good cut! After my haircut was finished the man decided to give me a very thorough/violent face wash, involving a pink machine that resembles a polishing machine....it was not pleasant and he was pummelling my cheekbones and nose with this vibrating device. It was then Tom’s turn and that is when we found out he could only really do one style, as we both got practically identical haircuts. Tom then endured the same torturous face wash machine, and tried to pay up....however he was trying to double the cost saying that the face wash (that we didn’t ask for) was additional. Paying no more than the agreed price, we left Dharavi after having a great morning.

    We made our way back to Mahim junction and got a train to Charni road where we walked to Chowpatty beach. A little bit of a disappointment if I’m honest...it wasn’t exactly the nicest beach but I wasn’t really expecting much in the centre of Mumbai. We continued walking along the beach to find the hanging gardens that Tom had read about...again a little bit of a disappointment too. However, it was the highest point in Mumbai, hence the name “hanging gardens”, due to its location there was a observation deck nearby that we went up to get a view over crazy Mumbai - this was pretty nice, and free too! We then walked back through Mumbai traffic to a nearby train station, stopping off for a bit of air con in H&M and got a train back to Bandra where we got our now standard order of Chinese Bhel, this time with noodles on top for not additional charge...we were becoming locals here.

    After this long hot day, we went back to the hostel for some chill and then back to the same place for more Chinese Bhel, and then we went over the road for an Orea Shake, which was unreal! With the taste of chocolate in our mouths, we then made a desperate trip to the shop for biscuits then back to the hostel for the night.
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    Robert Marsland

    Happy x

    2/29/20Reply
    Robert Marsland

    Quite a difference to home!

    2/29/20Reply
    Robert Marsland

    George!!!!Thank goodness you didn’t come out orange!

    2/29/20Reply
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  • Day16

    16. Tag - Auf eigene Faust durch Mumbai

    October 4, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Heute hatten wir den Tag ganz für uns. Morgens hat es noch geregnet, aber dann wurde es schön (und auch ziemlich heiß und schwül).

    Nach dem Frühstück und finalen Packen ging’s zu Fuß auf einen nahe gelegenen Markt. Hier trennte sich die Gruppe - einige besuchten ein bekanntes Wäschereiviertel, andere zog es in eine große Mall. Hier gab es neben vielen westlichen Marken auch tolle indische Shops. Dann ging es weiter zu einem empfohlenen Deko-Shop.

    Zurück im Hotel konnten wir nochmal duschen, unsere Einkäufe verpacken und saßen nochmal alle zusammen beim Essen bevor um 20:30 Uhr unser Shuttle zum Flughafen ging.
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    Stephanie Brehm

    Welcome back!

    10/5/19Reply
    Heike Brehm

    Liebe Claudia! Einen guten und sicheren Rückflug.

    10/5/19Reply
     
  • Day29

    Blumen-Markt

    November 16, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Obwohl wir durch die komplizierte und langwierige Immigrationsprozedur verspätet losfahren und der Blumenmarkt eigentlich bereits um 10 Uhr wieder schließt, kommen wir doch noch rechtzeitig an.
    Schwerer Rosen- und Jasminduft empfängt uns, als wir an den vielen Blumengeschäften und Ständen vorbeigehen. Hier werden Rosen, Jasmin, Nelken und Chrysanthemen zu bunten duftenden Blumen Ketten in aufwendiger Handarbeit hergestellt, die bereits für 100 indische Rupien ( 1 Euro) käuflich zu erwerben sind. Thomas kauft eine solche für mich. Diese Ketten verschönern hier Geschäfte und Hochzeitsdekorationen oder werden als Opfergabe in einem der vielen Tempeln abgegeben.
    Menschenmassen drängen von der nahegelegenen Bahnstation in den Blumenmarkt und die umliegenden Straßen, ein Gewusel ist das!!
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    Petra Hielscher

    Die Blumenketten sind einfach wunderschön! 😊

    11/16/19Reply
    Adfundum

    Hier bekommt man sofort einen ersten Eindruck von India...mit ....1.2 milljarden Menschen.....unglaublich intensiv um in der Menschenmenge zu spazieren !! Das Video gibt schon eine Idee vom Lärmpegel... schöne Foto's.

    11/17/19Reply
     
  • Day30

    Dhobi Ghat

    November 17, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Ein Dhobi ist ein "Wäscher", dessen traditionelle Aufgabe seit 1860 das Waschen von Wäsche ist. Dhobi Ghat ist also gewissermaßen eine Open Air Wäscherei. Krankenhäuser, Hotels und Privatleute lassen ihre Wäsche abholen und gewaschen und gebügelt wieder zurück bringen. In Steinbecken wird die Wäsche mit Seife und Bürste gewaschen und anschließend auf 2 Wäscheleinen, die umeinander gewickelt sind, aufgehängt bzw. eingeklemmt. Es trocknet schnell, dann wird die Wäsche gebügelt und zurückgebracht.
    Faszinierend ist die unglaubliche Ausdehnung dieser Wäscherei.
    Während der 3 monatigen Monsun Zeit hier in Mumbai findet das alles unter Plastikplanen statt - das ist unglaublich!
    Unsere heutige Führerin sagt, dass keine handelsübliche Waschmaschine die Wäsche so sauber bekommt...
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    Petra Hielscher

    Faszinierend!!

    11/17/19Reply
     
  • Day13

    Playing carrom

    July 21 in India ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    My grandfather is 93 and was diagnosed with dementia in March 2021. For about 2 years he had not been in good form and I rarely heard him speak or interact in any way other than shouting.

    However, over my short ,2 week, visit I have noticed a difference in Abba. He talks, does things willingly and is able to have fun ( to a certain extent!).

    This has been demonstrated by our numerous carrom games over the past few weeks.
    Abba used to be highly reluctant to play the game that he had once loved but now there has been a drastic change.
    He willingly plays carrom ( thrashing us all at the same time!) and this has brightened up the household.
    Carrom games with Abba have been the highlight of my trip.
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  • Day12

    Mumbai

    September 24, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Ankunft: 23 Uhr .Das Zimmer in dem jetztigen Hotel war echt eklig.Es stank muffig und an der Decke war Schimmel zu sehen. Daraufhin verlangten wir ein anderes Zimmer,welches wir sofort bekamen.Es war wesentlich besser.Am nächsten Tag beschlossen wir noch einmal Hostel zu beziehen.Read more

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