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  • Day8


    February 5, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    „Sind wir noch in Indien?“, war unser erster Gedanke als wir am Flughafen Mumbai landeten. Alles neu, sauber und schick - wir hätten auch in Singapur sein können. Super spannende 3 Tage: ein viel entwickelteres, moderneres und westlicheres Indien als im Norden. Slums neben Business Parks, Starbucks neben Streetfood Ständen und Bazaare neben Einkaufszentren: eine Stadt der Gegensätze, klassisches Indien trifft „neues“ Indien. Fotos mit uns Bleichgesichtern waren hier allerdings immer noch beliebt 😄 Unsere Lieblingsmomente in Mumbai: Drink im Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Ausflug nach Dhobi Ghat (Wäsche-Viertel), Sonnenuntergang an der Marina und ein deluxe Spa-Treatment.Read more

  • Day31

    Our First Local Train

    December 19, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    If I said I'm going to Mumbai what would you picture in your head? Remember all those documentaries that you've seen about the traffic and the ram packed trains with people hanging off? You're probably thinking oh my goodness they've done so well but now they've met there greatest challenge of Asian cities. Well let's see...

    Our first stop we decided to not attempt a rickshaw in fear of being robbed so we decided to walk for 40 minutes in 10am heat to a Parsi restaurant that turned out to only cater in advance for large orders... Wups... So we wandered around the area ate street food instead and I had Kanwi and Patra, two child hood favourite gujarati snacks. Will had a masala dosa and a Bhataka Pav (a deep fried spicy mash potato ball in a bun). We were then in desperate need of the loo and a sit down so we took refuge in the a McDonald's.

    When we gathered our senses again we jumped on the local train. Now I must admit my first experience of the local train was great. We accidentally got on the luggage cart but everyone was very friendly and we got a seat straight away. It wasn't super busy and we got all the way into South Mumbai in 45 mins for 10 rupees each. Me and Will noticed that from the outside it looks like the train is packed because men hang on the side and don't seem to move in. But the inside was completely empty!

    We then spent the afternoon seeing the sights of Mumbai. First Stop was Victoria Terminus, we then went for a quick Pepsi in an aircond cafe and then carried on with the day. We visited Fashion Street, which is a street full of fakes for super cheap, Hutatma Chowk, Flora Fountain, which was covered up due to the development of the new metro, Bombay High Court which was surrounded in very well lawyers and barristers, Rajabai Tower (Mumbai's Big Ben), David Sassoon Library, Jehangir Art Gallery, Prince of Wales Museum, the iconic Taj Hotel and Gateway of India where we sat and watched the ferry boats come into the Dock.

    In the evening we were spoilt to death by Will's friend from uni Adi. She met us with her driver near the Taj Hotel in her hot red Jaguar!! Sweeeeet!! She then took us to Leopalds Cafe which is a famous cafe for tourists owned by an Irani Zoroastrian and was involved in the 2008 terrosit attacks in Mumbai. There were still bullet holes in the walls that they have kept as a memorial.

    Then we jumped back in the Jag and went to the elite members only club - Cricket Club of India where we ate an Indian/ Chinese feast and I even had my first Old Monk. Old Monk is my favourite rum, it's an Indian rum, god I was in heaven! Honestly it was like we were back in the British Raj, with full table service. It really was an elite club full of quite old Indians that must be unbelievably rich! We were so honoured to be there!

    What an amazing 2nd day in Mumbai!!
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  • Day33

    Happy 10 Year Anniversary!!

    December 21, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We are in a really weird time zone at the moment. We are watching all our family and friends break up for Christmas and go to numerous celebrations and honestly I can't believe its the 21st December. We didn't even realise the meaning of the date until halfway through lunch haha But yes today is the official date me and Will decided to be Boyfriend and Girlfriend 😏 Anyway enough of the soppy stuff...

    Today we are meeting my dad's very good friends from his college days and I'm really excited to see them. I remember meeting them when I was much younger but I only remember Zarine being a very active, enthusiastic and energetic lady and Kersi being a calm collected man.

    Our first stop though was to go and watch the famous Dabbawallas. If you've seen any documentaries about India you will probably know about them. It's an amazing system where all the wives cook the mens food for their lunch at home. Then a man comes to all the houses and collects them. These are all then brought by train to town. They are then sorted and delivered by men on bikes to each persons desk at work. The Dabbawallas are illiterate and therefore have a number system for their delivery. It was unbelievable to watch!! Supposedly they only get wrong 1 in 6 million and they do 80,000-100,000 deliveries a day. That is more efficient than any other current delivery system! It was amazing to watch happen live. Its such a simple system but wow honestly I was amazed that it still works.

    We them went to meet Kersi and Zarine. They were just as I remembered them! They hadn't changed for 19 years!! I couldn't believe it. They were both unbelievably kind and showed us lots of sights in the area including Nariman Point over the sea and commercial district, horniman circle. Then we went to the famous Jimmy boy Parsi Restaurant where me and Will had a Parsi Laagan 4 course meal which they insisted we have. For starter I had Patra Ni Machi (Pomfret with chutney baked in banana leaf) with chapattis, Chicken Sali Boti with chapattis, Chicken Biryani and Parsi Custard for dessert. Obviously we couldn't eat it all so we ate most of the first two courses, had a rest, ate the dessert and packed up the Biriyani. Its possibly the best thing I've eaten in India so far. It was truly delicious. Cooked in a very homemade style and really authentic. Over lunch we talked all about our travels and their stories with dad. It was so so nice to hear. After lunch we then walked to where dad's home was when he was at college, then the famous Victoria Temrinus selfie point, Crawford market, then went for falooda and finally said our farewells. To be honest I'm feeling quite overwhelmed being here and hearing stories about my father but it's really helping me and making me stronger. I hope he's watching over us at the moment and keeping track of our adventure!

    Afterwards we attempted to sari shop but to no avail so we headed home as we were unbelievably shattered. On the way back we stopped at the largest outdoor laundry in the world, dhobi ghat. Well it was pretty impressive to be honest!

    As we were about half way back Adi rang and asked what we were up to. Honestly the only thing we had on our mind was that we wanted to lie down haha It was a Friday night and we probably were being quite lame. We were mostly home anyway so we decided to go back anyway, freshen up and then decide. At the spur of the moment we decided we might as well meet up with her and go for a drink. So we headed back out (by the way we aren't actually staying near the centre, it's about an hour away so us going out was actually quite impressive!). We met for drinks at Doolally which was a craft beer bar with boardgames. It was good fun. After a while we decided to see Adi's apartment and it was super swanky. They had gate men, a lift man and housekeepers. As we entered we were greeted by the most excited Shitzu I've ever met. He's only 4 months and he was bouncing off the walls!! Sooo cute!!

    After chatting endlessly we realised it was 1:30am so we booked an uber and headed home. The uber driver was an absolute disaster and although he had Google maps up he refused to use it. We eventually got home at 3am!! We felt soo soo bad waking up the housekeeper of the house we were staying in. But it's a very very different culture here. You have a person who does everything including opening doors for your own home.
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  • Day29

    Mumbai, Indien

    November 16, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Noch bis 1996 hieß Mumbai "Bombay" und ist mit 15,4 Millionen Einwohnern eine dicht besiedelte Metropole, deren Stadtzentrum auf einer langgestreckten Halbinsel im Süden liegt. Der britische Einfluss ist noch überall sichtbar: im Linksverkehr, zahlreiche Gebäude sind britisch inspiriert wie zum Beispiel Victoria Terminus, der Hauptbahnhof von Mumbai, der heute Chhatrapati Shivaji heißt. Es gibt viele Häuser im Art Deco Stil, andere im viktorianisch gotischen Stil, die alle auf der UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Liste stehen.

    Mumbai ist eine Stadt der großen Kontraste.

    - Hochhäuser in modernster Architektur, viele auch im Bau, stehen einfachsten Wohngelegenheiten, sprich Slums gegenüber
    - Business Männer in typischer schwarze-Hose-weißes Hemd Optik stehen bunten Sari Trägerinnen oder westlich gekleideten Frauen gegenüber, bzw. ärmlich gekleideten Männer, Frauen und Kinder, die bettelnd an den Straßen stehen
    - gelb-schwarze Taxis und Motorrädern in Massen stehen Audis, BMWs und anderen Luxuslimousinen gegenüber.
    - kleine Behausungen, in denen 10 Personen zusammen unterkommen müssen stehen dem 26 stöckigen Hochhaus, in dem 5 Personen leben, gegenüber. (+100 Bedienstete für den Unterhalt des Gebäudes....)

    Diese Stadt schläft nie. Das ständige Hupen, die Menschenmassen, der enorme Autoverkehr und das chaotische Verkehrsverhalten erzeugen einen ungeheuren Lärmpegel. Aber es fällt uns sofort auf, dass die Menschen hier immer ein Lächeln im Gesicht haben und freundlich winken, selbst in den ärmlichsten Vierteln der Stadt .
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