Welcome to the most overwhelming city in the world.......
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Hmmm.... Mumbai... Where to start? It was crazy, delicious, noisy, stressful, liberating, overwhelming, exhilarating....
I arrived in Mumbai on January 1st at 3 in the morning. Stepping out of the airport at that time felt like anything but an arrival in the middle of the night. The minute I stepped out of the Airport was shocking, hundreds of people were standing outside waiting for their relatives and thus shouting, talking, singing and so on, the scene really belonged in a market at midmorning.
After being harassed for boys on my way to my cab who insisted on getting baksheesh in Euros or Dollars, I was finally on my way to my hotel or so I hoped since the cab driver kept asking me if that was really where I meant to go. I didn't understand his hesitation until the next morning I realized that my hotel was in themiddle of the slum and more than 50 minutes away from the main tursitic attractions in Mumbai.
Just a few hours after my arrival, I ventured out into the street and finally managed to get a cab, which consttuted my second shock...Now, in Venezuela we have MANY bad drivers!!! and the streets are a jungle... but this I cannot put into words.... Mumbai Cab drivers should be studied by physicists, because to this day, I still don't understand how the manged to always fit into the tiniest spaces in traffic.
Mumbai amazed me, as soon as you hit the Victoria terminus Train station, the city becomes absolutely vibrant. For me it really wasn't super shocking since I come from a South American Country, But the rhythm was definitely faster and crazier than at home, but I absolutely loved it!
There were hundreds of street vendors, from spices, toys, cloths, street food ( which looked amazing but I wouldn't dare jump to street food on my first day), Music all over, and of course plenty of colourful people and tourist hurrying along the streets.
I must say the main highlights of my 3 days in Mumbai ( besides the obvious Gate of India and so on) were the sunsets in Marine drive (even though the Sun is the last thing you'll see), The visit to the Haji Mosque, where you must take part in the slow procession since there are so many pilgrims waiting to go into the Mosque. The Siddhivinayak Temple, which unfortunately does not allow cameras inside, but it was my first visit to a truly impressive temple in India. And you must definitely walk the streets of Colaba at night time, the sights and the excitement I don't think can be compared to any other city in India.