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This morning we said goodbye to our cook team and set off to the coast and the bustling city of Mumbai. It was a long drive mostly on improved multi lane highway and we reached the city late afternoon. Mumbai surprised us in being a very cosmopolitan city with large apartment buildings, skyscrapers, and improved road systems. There was no honking and drivers actually stopped at the red lights. We made it to our centrally located hotel where we will stay for four nights. Tonight we had a grand 80th BD party for Carol and said goodbye to Dave and Frenchy. Sad and happy at the same time.
For our first day of touring the city we were met by Meheru, our local guide. Well spoken and educated she set the pace for a very lovely day touring the highlights of Mumbai. We were additionally met by Salman, a charming and energetic 25 year old college graduate with a unique story of being born on the streets, raised in poverty, and how he rose above it all to eventually study in the USA under an India scholarship program. He and she were with us for the next four days.
The famous train system. Look at the open doors.
Amazing Art Deco buildings.
Superb colonial architecture.
A few cows. Actually only saw maybe a dozen in four days.
Yup and Tata too.
Amazing Gothic government buildings.
The India Gate
Our charming student guides.
Prince of Wales Museum.
University of Mumbai...amazing structures.
Riding a local bus.
Ghandi Home and Museum. Inspiring.
A really cool restaurant that serves street food in house.
Riding the train system.
Our VERY COOL guide Salman.
Chowpati Beach at sunset.
Our second day we went to Elephanta Island by boat to view the temples. In the afternoon we had free time to visit the museums.
On our last day we visited the flower market and fish market early in the morning, returned to the hotel for breakfast, and then toured the flear market and bazaars.
In the evening several of us took on a Bollywood Dance class. We all got back early enough for a small dinner before saying goodbye to our gang. Tomorrow morning we depart for Uzbekistan.