Our Holi started on the 5th, when we left the hotel to get some breakfast. To be frank – after around 10 meters our shirts weren’t white anymore, instead they were covered in abstract patterns that even Picasso wouldn’t be ashamed of. Here’s an picture of us after returning from the restaurant (a 5 minute walk to and fro). Read more
The Mathura Jn. station turned out to be completely different to the one in Mumbai. The only word that came to mind when I saw it – rural. Mad monkeys, a bull eagerly eating something out of the station trash can, a crowd of beggars, vast amounts of people and us, squeezing in between the sitting, lying, entraining and detraining passengers. However, the worst was about to come.
Boy, did we sleep well! Too well We didn’t plan anything for today, so after packing up we set out to print our train ticket to Mathura. As it turned out, we were still on the waiting list, which really made us anxious. A bit of explanation – in India there’s a train seat booking system and despite booking ours on January 31st, we were already on the 15th and 16th waiting list spots. We were now only two spots ahead. Read more
We got up in the morning and finally went for some small clothes shopping. Our host, dr Siddharth, recommended a couple of places, advising us that the safest would be Star Bazaar due to the fixed price tags. We’d have to bargain in other places and we’re not sure how that would’ve ended up 😀
We were supposed to go sightseeing since morning, but jet lag did its job and we caught a tuk-tuk at around 12. Just so you know, to get to downtown Mumbai we first had to get to Andheri station and then ride the city train to Churchgate, which takes about 40 minutes.
Mumbai greeted us with hot and humid night air. After walking through a long corridor to the arrivals hall, all that was left to do was wait for the driver that our host sent for us. We witnessed a peculiar activity – smoking the whole hall (along with all the passengers) with something that smelled like lamp oil. The result was that the mosquitos hiding in the greenery were now flying among us.
At the beginning of our journey we’d like to provide you with an overview of our expected route (click to enlarge). I’m completely sure that it will turn out differently 😀 We don’t know when we’ll have Internet access next time, but we’ll try to arrange something as soon as possible See you next time!
Oh yeeaah, our first entry! Let’s start off with what this blog is about.
Our main goal is telling about our journeys, so that our families and friends can see what we’re up to. At the moment it’s one day to our flight to India, so the entries will be mainly about this country. However, after we get back, we’ll also do reviews of equipment and services that we use or used during our travels, and also… our various restaurant trips.
We’ll try to manage the blog in two languages, Polish and English, as a courtesy to those of our friends that don’t know our mother tongue. The English version might sometimes vary from the original, but the main idea will stay the same.