Escape To Mumbai
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After a long 17 hours bus ride, I arrived in Mumbai yesterday morning.
You can always tell youâ€™re in a big metropolis when room rates skyrocket. I live in a shoebox costing me Rs300 per night. This is considered to be a good deal here in Mumbai. To put this in perspective, in Puri, I managed to get a room ten times larger with a private bathroom, double bed and balcony, all for only Rs200.
I know people with CLOSETS larger than this! My room is so small that it canâ€™t fit a double bed, even if the door was removed from its hinges. There are walls on FOUR SIDES of my bed!
But itâ€™s clean and Iâ€™ll give it props for a non-lumpy mattress. And after spending 11 days in Hampi, itâ€™s nice to get electricity during the day.
I canâ€™t really complain. Iâ€™m too busy laughing to bother.
Well, Mumbai is just like another big city, it just happens to be in India. Whatâ€™s nice about it is that Iâ€™ve finally managed to find myself a proper sandwich AND Earl Grey tea. This evening I treated myself to a delicious brownie for dessert. My stomach is content once again.
I spent the day visiting Elephanta Island. Apparently, so did the rest of Mumbai. Silly me to forget that itâ€™s Shivaâ€™s birthday! So of course I got completely lost in the hoards of devotees paying homage at the cave temples that scatter Elephanta Island. But I didnâ€™t notice any special ceremonies or rituals. There were just lots of people there as though it were a regular day for a family outing.
Lots of locals poised for a photo with me. Some without permission. Thatâ€™s always weirdâ€¦..
This is all Iâ€™ve got really. Iâ€™m sorry. This entry seems so bland compared to the drama of my Hampi stay.
Whatever. Big cities never really do it for me on these trips anyways. This was just a stopover to restock before heading north to Rajasthan.