A skyline shot of Mumbai from our rooftop.
After the gruelling schedule of flight transfers, interrupted sleep in economy class seats and cramped cabin fever conditioning we have arrived in Mumbai. At this point I would like to thank dearest Frank of Singapore Airlines in Sydney for finding Struan and myself aisle seats for both our flights, ensuring that deep vein thrombosis and general discomfort was avoided! Once we had taken off I did enjoy two dinners, don’t judge me, I ❤ Fish Curry!!! At least I didn’t drink half the plane’s alcohol supply as the interesting individual next to me did.
Upon arrival to the 70’s inspired décor that is Mumbai International Airport we got our passports stamped (with some usual bureaucratic delays for Lara’s Visa on arrival) and ventured out to the crisp cool morning of the city. I was not surprised to see a multitude of black and yellow cabs and a few beeping horns for good measure. The street periphery was lined with small corrugated iron roofed stalls and the air thick with smog from the surrounding megalopolis. Thoroughfares were not crowded with traffic as I had expected, being early on a Sunday morning perhaps influenced this situation and made our trip to the very apartment building I currently sit in far less arduous than anticipated.
So here we are resting before our trip recommences after lunch southeast to Pune where we will spend the first week of our time. We asked to see the roof of the building and after an extremely short (super cute) security guard unlocked the plain wooden door a burst of light shone over us to reveal the city beyond. It was an amazing vista of the buildings, a polluted river, areas of green refuge, shanty settlements and a bursting atmosphere of India’s most powerful city. Although the horizon lacked a definable line through the misty air it was the first moment that I said to myself…”wow, I’m in Mumbai”.
Finally…there are way too many crows for my liking, anyone who knows me will remember my fear of evil birds. They are circling overhead with their angry eyes…eeek! Haha!