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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai December 20th 2012

I love everything about traveling – even the inevitable aches that arise from long, uncomfortable bus trips and missing home. I’ll travel until I’m old and gray, but I make a horrible tourist. I don’t use a travel guide, I don’t snap pictures of myself in front of iconic landmarks, and I never buy souvenirs. To put it bluntly, I don’t need neat tick marks on a “Must-Do” list, digitalized memories, or a bag stuffed with knickknacks to prove that I went somewhere, that I did something. In all honesty, I don’t much like to do anything. I’m perfectly happy to just be – to walk down random streets and talk to strangers, to eat street food against the advice of others (and better judgment), to never know what or where the next day will bring ... read more
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Happy Tourist

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Juhu December 19th 2012

After two 9.5 hour flights and an 6 hour layover that turned into 8 hours we finally arrived in Mumbai. We were greeted by crowds of travelers and a sea of traffic upon exiting the airport. In 2007, I stayed with the Sohoni family and when they found out I was coming back to India they were kind enough to welcome us in their home once again. With the time change we only had 3 days in Mumbai to get in the interviews needed before leaving to work with the younger girls in Banaglore. India has always been a bit of a magical place for me and a place of contrast contradiction. It's overwhelming yet peaceful, it's beautiful yet dirty, modern and yet ancient; so I was excited to come back again. This time with a ... read more
Mumbai, India
Driving Chaos
The Beach with Nidhi and friends

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Aksa Beach December 16th 2012

Somehow, I always end up flagging down the slowest rickshaw in Bombay. I’m usually never in a rush to get anywhere; more than happy to arrive whenever I arrive, I leisurely sit back in my sedate transport and bathe in the fumes of all the other autos whizzing past me. But, sometimes, on my way to go dancing, when every minute spent putt-putting down the road could be a minute spent on the dance floor, I’ll wish that my chariot had a little more horsepower. We’ve all heard the warning before – be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! It was a Sunday afternoon when my wish finally made it through all the red tape, landed on the desk of the wish granter, and got signed into action. I was going home ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Aksa Beach December 11th 2012

From my seat on the windowsill, I look out the open window. A man, either fearless or so desperate to earn the day’s bread that fear isn’t a factor, scurries up a palm tree with bare feet, a rope and a sickle. Precariously balanced at the top – eye level from my position in a fourth story flat – he cuts down bunches of coconuts, ties them up and lowers them to the ground 30 meters below. He pulls the rope back up, loops it around the trunk and shimmies back down to (relative) safety. Just beyond the palm trees, an inlet of the Arabian Sea lies still as glass, reflecting a blue so calm it could quiet even the most restless of minds. Its shores are wrapped in verdant green, the vegetation untouched by the ... read more
Global Vipassana Pagoda
Walking Rimjhim
Burning Leaves

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra December 7th 2012

Just when you thought you'd read my last blog update, I am back with some news! On January 2nd, I return to India for eight weeks to continue training for the Starbucks India Partners and to work alongside them in our three glorious stores in Mumbai. I thought it was a dream come true last Summer but now I'm doing it again! There'll be more frequent updates this time and more photographs ... and I'll see you in January!... read more
The Taj Palace Hotel
The store in Oberoi Mall
The Entrance to the Fort Store

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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai December 6th 2012

I'm going to India! I wanted to write a blog about all my preparations prior to my journey. I have done tons of research on India and specifcially Mumbai where I will be staying. I wanted to know what India was like before I arrive and know what I will be expecting when I get there. I will be living there for eight weeks this summer and I am so excited. I will be working with an organization named Aseeema. Aseema is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children receieve an education who do not have the opportunity. You may be thinking: India has free education for all citizens why is a non-profit organization needed to ensure education for children? Yes though it is true that the India government has worked hard to provide free education ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Ajanta Caves November 18th 2012

I arrived in Delhi on the morning of Diwali, which is said to be as significant as Christmas in the USA. My new roommate Diwik invited me out to a Diwali Party. I had forgotten how bad the air gets on Diwali. You see Indians ignite millions of fireworks of the same kind you would see in a US city for the 4th of July. The big difference is that every citizen can buy and ignite these professional level fireworks that shoot 10-20 stories up into the air and explode into multi-colors, just like the 4thof July. I had forgotten how bad the air gets when everyone can purchase and ignite their own professional grade fireworks. The air was so full of smoke; I had a splitting headache, a congested chest, and a 102 degree temperature ... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra November 2nd 2012

Hey everyone, Like usual I've taken way too much time in writing a blog post. I've actually finished my term in Mumbai already, but I'm gonna fill you guys in on what's been going on since then and then tell you what's going on now! Finishing the school term was pretty much torture, but everything besides school just got better and better with time. After a period of feeling really down because of college and a boring routine of a life, I decided to take a change and things really improved. I realized my college wasn't even taking my attendence, so I could do what I wanted! So I went to Goa with another Canadian girl named Renee and had one of the wildest weekends of my life I think, ha. Goa really was everything it ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai November 2nd 2012

The obvious poverty in Mumbai is an eye opener to say the least. To see a man laying half dead in the street while everyone passes him by and an elderdely woman lying helpless in the street is hard to consume as is seeing kids shooting up at the side of the road and children no older than 4 or 5 out at night time begging for money when they should be safe in a place we call home . . . In contrast there is a new Mumbai emerging out of the old that is establishing the Cafe culture and the economy is vast growing and emerging with western society. If this is a good thing or not is something of a debate! which we had with a local Indian business man who was pro ... read more
Mumbai Building Site
Central Mumbai

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra October 31st 2012

Well the last one isn't true but it's a nod to the one and Only . . . So we have been to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai in 3 days, if only briefly in the first two. The first day in Mumbai was MANIC!! we came out of Raj's place in the morning to a deafining Mumbai rush hour and what can only be described as organised chaos!. As we wanted to get a real feel for the place we decided to take the local train from the North to the South. You know those pictures you have seen of people running across the track when trains are coming, people hanging onto the side of trains, well thats where we were :) I nearly ended up on an all female coach, which can land you ... read more
Jess at the 'Gateway to India'
Indian Red Cross
Mumbai




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