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Delhi to Mumbai (Bombay)

By sleeper train baby!!!!

sunny 33 °C

Hellooooo from sunny hot Mumbai!!! Amanda and I have arrived safely after taking an overnight sleeper train from Delhi...what an experience!!! We are currently sat in Colaba in the smallest internet cafe which is probably no bigger than a bathroom. So to recap the last 24 hours...

Our last day in Delhi was very relaxed. We found a very cute roof-top cafe with mismatching tables, chairs and colourful plastic coverings. We ordered some chai masala tea and spicy vegetable samosas and were served by a very sweet and polite waiter. I am finding Indian people very helpful and kind, apart from the touts of course! Likewise they seem to appreciate it when you openly show your gratitude and smile. After our snack we went back to the hostel to pick up our backpacks and met the funniest lovely older couple from Somerset just checking in. Very excited to meet someone from the south-west we chatted for a while and I was even more excited to hear that they purposefully travel for 5 months each year over the winter because they can't stand the cold and dark weather. I told them I empathise sooooo much. We shared a moment :) I'd love to still be travelling like this when i'm their age. Here's hoping...

We checked out of the hostel and walked through the dusty, busy streets to the New Delhi train station where every other person wanted to show us where to go and which area we should be going to. I'd read in the lonely planet that tourist spots and train stations are full of touts to avoid so I had to get a bit assertive, bordering on rude to get rid of them. Even though the railway network is really efficient and organised, we still felt a bit disorientated so asked for help from the porters who directed us to our platform. Our cabin on the train was awesome. 2 x 2 seats, one on top of the other which fold out into beds at night and a door/curtain to separate you from the other cabins and passengers. We shared the cabin with an older man and a younger guy who we assumed was his son. The older man looked us up and down a lot and started the usual questions of where were we from, where were we going, how long are we in India, do we like spicy food etc. He thought it was particularly funny to see our reaction when a mouse ran across the floor from under our seats, commenting that mice are very common on trains! It was a really fun experience sitting chatting to him and watching the scenery outside while we got served food which we didn't recognise. Sleeping on the train while travelling is something i've always wanted to do. It wasn't the best nights sleep i've had as the train moved around quite a lot. But it was brilliant.

We arrived in Mumbai at 8.45am, on time! Amanda commented that i'm very jolly in the mornings...I don't think anyone would agree from back home!! As soon as we got off the train we were swamped by taxi drivers, again it was time to get assertive and ask a porter! We took a local train to Church Gate and then found a hostel in Colaba. Again it's basic and I will continue washing in a bucket but it's all good and the staff are lovely.

Mumbai seems a lot more of a modern city than Delhi, although i've heard it's also a city of extreme difference between rich and poor. But there are actually pavements!! And the traffic, although still busy, doesn't seem half as mad as in Delhi. I've not seen any rickshaws or tuck-tucks, just loads of old English cars. Today we are going to explore some of the sights and tonight maybe head to Chowpatty beach to eat street food and hopefully catch a good sunset.

Can't believe it's only Wednesday...feel like we've already done so much....

Apologies to those back in UK but IT'S SO HOT HERE I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by hanaldinho 22:13 Archived in India

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