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Jul 10, 2008 - Mombai, bollywood and guru Ramesh

Looong trip on the train,but a great way to see India. It is so vast and flat, but green at this time of year with the rains. Lots to observe travelling through the countryside, villages, small towns, like time has stopped in a way, farmers ploughing with ox and plough..carring water for irrigation, horses and carts...fasinating!!! The doors of the train can be opened while in motion so basically one can stand in the doorway and watch the sunset...."top of the woooooorrrld"....magic. We had interesting male company in our compartment, kind...

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Jan 29, 2008 - India - The Motherland (Bombay)

Greetings from India - it has been a while since I left Vancouver (about 4 months) but I've finally reached the mother land! And what a sensual bombardment of images, faces, colors and smells it is! Bombay is at once everything and nothing I expected it to be. I arrived on January 15th from Thailand, where I had spent two weeks, one of which was in Bangkok on a family vacation. After the family returned to Nairobi (where the political situation seemed to have cooled off if only slightly), I traveled to Ko Phi Phi, a beautiful Island in...

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Apr 19, 2007 - Leaving India (for the first time) (Matt)

After three and a half months, we are leaving India. Not permanently; we'll be back for a short time after Nepal. But it makes our return to Mumbai from Goa a time of endings, of wrapping-things-up and thinking-things-over. Eighteen days with Trish and Sean passed like there were only five, and after a brief day of shopping vicariously through them, it was suddenly time for them to leave. We stood there in the humid Bombay evening waving goodbye as their taxi sputtered its way into the night, then turned to walk slowly back to our room. We...

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Apr 8, 2007 - INDIEN - Mumbai

Im Barista Coffee Shop herrscht eisige Klimanlagenluft. Wir sitzen in flashen Ledersitzen, die Red Hot Chilli Peppers summen von den modernen Lautsprechern. Wir waehlen aus dem reichhaltigen Kaffee-Menue Cappuccino und Eiskaffee und ordern bei der "Cosmopolitan" Bedienung die uns verstehend anlaechelt. Hier laesst es sich leben denke ich und fuehle mich wie zu haus. .... Colaba Fischmarkt nur 10min entfernt! Schon um 11 ist es kurz davor unertraeglich heiss zu sein. Mein Ruecken ist nass geschwitzt, bei jeder Bewegung klebt das T-Shirt. Den...

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Mar 31, 2007 - A Walk Through Bombay with Friends from Home (Matt)

As our train nears Mumbai (Bombay), my nervousness builds. It is the same with each new arrival, more so with big cities, and especially when we're arriving at night. After a long train journey (7 hours), facing the pestering touts, choosing a taxi, and trying to anticipate everything they might do to cheat you is a little overwhelming. Each city is different; each place has a slightly different way to rip you off. This is the first place we've visited where autorickshaws are not allowed. We pile into a black and yellow taxi (they are...

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Mar 28, 2007 - Mumbai (Bombay), INDIA

28th March 2007 Mumbai is built on a series of seven islands [Colaba, Wadala, Mahim, Parel, Mazagaon, Old Woman's Island and Matungasion] that form the city districts. A series of reclamation projects linked the archipelago into a peninsula. Once part of the Ashoka Kingdom, the lands passed through the hands of Hindi rulers until 1343, when Muslims [Mohammedans] of Gujarat took control. They ruled for two centuries, but Mahim Mosque is their only visible legacy. By the 16th century, Portuguese troops had established trading centres along...

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Mar 20, 2007 - More Maharashtra

With our flight back to Mumbai, Maharashtra, we finished our circle tour of South India and flew back into the arms of friends and family. I called this entry "More Maharashtra" because we visited all the same people and places that we had at the beginning of our trip in November 2006. However, this time we were more relaxed, tanned and full of stories of the South. I was delighted to hear the praises of people who had been following my stories on this site. I often wondered if I was uploading too many pictures, or if my stories were...

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Feb 26, 2007 - Back to Bombers

Well, after all that panic.... I arrived on the overnight train from lovely Goa early this morning... The Bombay(LTT) train station was all hustle and bustle and rather overwhelming considering the last time I was here everything was stolen... Guess who was the first to approach me when I disembarked the train???? The same bloody driver who scammed me on New Years Eve. Anyway, he was a bit shocked to see me and the new and improved me didn't even bother to moan at him so I told him my story and went on my way. I have only been in this city...

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The final chapter?

Jan 20, 2007 - Welcome To India - And don't forget the toilet paper!

Hello, Well I made it to India. The journey was quite uneventful once I got through all the security checks at the Nairobi airport. I was glad I arrived at the airport over 4 hours early as it took nearly that long to get checked in. I used to think getting through security in the US was tough but I've never seen anything like what it took to get on the flight to Mumbai. They don't even allow you in the airport if you're not actually flying. Once I figured that out, I understood why there were so many people out on the sidewalk peering...

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Eileen's Grand Tour

Jan 7, 2007 - India - Mumbai (Bombay)

We made it after a 30 hour journey. A quaint small town of 14,000,000 people. After a minor scheduling snafu, we made our way from the airport to our hotel. Along the way seeing 10 oxen and many people. Our room was very "fresh" due to the urinal cakes they put in the bathroom sinks. Not a whole lot happened in our 12 hours in Bombay. We had one casualty along the way in losing our travel gnome...but all is well. Well, you'd think after all the travelling we have done, we woud have been ready for this...India is truly the Craziest place on...

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Dec 30, 2006 - Bombay and a New Year to remember

This has got to be the biggest city in the world... I arrived on the overnight bus.. It actually took 18 hours! I think that was the longest journey I have ever done. The buses here are great. I had my own little cabin with a door and everything and with the help of Valium, I slept for most of the way. I woke to the familiar sounds of forced hacking. It was almost a symphony of hack and spit until someone half choked, therefore the rhythm changed slightly. I looked out of my dirty window to see the Indian sun forcing it's way through the...

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The final chapter?

Dec 29, 2006 - I'm in India!!!

Hello! Well I made it here safely! Me and Lucy are currently escaping the heat and chaos outside by sitting in a quiet air conditioned internet cafe. The journey here was OK. I quiet enjoyed the sky plus style TV on the plane and endless episodes of Scrubs helped the 9 hrs pass. Also had my first experience of real turbulance but it only lasted half hour. Dubai airport is amazing and a total contrast Mumbai airport. Dubai airport seems about three times the size of Heathrow and is modern and bright, Mumbai airport is a corridor - tiny,...

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