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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai November 3rd 2014

This is going to be a short one, as the title suggests, I only stopped one night. Mumbai is basically fucking London's buildings with Indian roads Inbetween, not really too much to do either apart from sit in coffee shops, if I wanted to sit in a western coffee shop in a western city I'd still be at home! Fuck Mumbai. Not only this, but nowhere has wifi! For a city so western it's ridiculous that you can't get wifi! The fuck. I stop in the red salvation hostel, dorm room 350rs, welcome to Mumbai. The hostel is near the Taj Mahal hotel where the 2008 Mumbai attacks were, and a restaurant nearby "Leopolds" is also where people got shot, I'm staying away from there, apparently they sell the fact that there are bullet holes there ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Pune » Bhimashankar October 14th 2014

It was my Birthday; and both, me and Rahul - my husband were on leave. Rahul had his secret plans ready for the Day. So we all set from Home on bike, me being unaware where we were travelling that day. We traveled our way through Nashik Highway, so I thought whether he is taking me to my Mother’s home in Nashik….??? But, at Rajgurunagar we turned towards Left, and here I came to know we are going to some other place. We traveled through the small villages & Chas Kaman Dam towards Bhimashankar. Route to Bhimasankar is a diversion from Pune-Nashik highway. Till rajgurunagar (from Pune) the road will be good after that you can't expect a smooth ride. The route was very beautiful;... The drive to Bhimashankar is splendid. You are greeted with various ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad September 19th 2014

Aurangabad had been on my mind since quite some time as I wanted to explore Ajanta - Ellora caves (World Heritage Sites). Had always only heard about it but never got a chance to visit it. So, with help of some travel blogs and trip advisor reviews, we planned for our Aurangabad Visit from 22nd - 23rd - 24th February 2014. It takes about 5 hours travel to reach from Pune , so we decided to catch a overnight bus from Nigdi (Located about 20Kms away from Pune) . After booking AC sleeper bus tickets from Redbus, we caught a bus at 10:30 PM from Nigdi. After a comfortable ride, we reached Aurangabad city around 6:30 AM and checked in Hotel Oberoi near Osmanpur Circle. Hotel Oberoi is a very basic clean hotel which seems to ... read more
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves

Asia » India » Maharashtra August 14th 2014

Day 27 exploring Mumbai We ventured out into Chembur this morning. We agreed we should go for an Indian breakfast as we haven't had one for a while! We settled for Dosa. I had cheese dosa, and Jude masala dosa. A coffee each.. And all was well! We set off in a taxi to explore Colaba area of Mumbai. We got dropped off at The Gate of India. It was built for King George and Queen Mary. It was such a busy area, with so any sights to see, we decided to get a guide and taxi to take us round. The next stop was the Dhobi Ghat, Washing Laundry, the biggest open laundry in Asia. I have to say, a real eye opener! So much laundry in one place is pretty amazing! My thought were, ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra August 13th 2014

Things I Did In Mumbai (Please scroll down to see all the photos) Go see a Bollywood movie: Check Smoke out with The Baba: Check Star in a Bollywood Movie: Check It was nice seeing you Mumbai, but now I'm moving on. Or maybe a little more explanation is in order, here it goes. 1) Go See a Bollywood Movie So I'm hanging out in Mumbai with 2 girls, Belgium and Dutch on a Saturday and they are looking to shop a bit so then we stop in an upscale restaurant to eat. They have an expansive menu, American food, Chinese food, Indian food, Lebanese food, and one other kind I can't recall right now. Trinh, the Dutch girl brings up a fact from Kitchen Nightmares that a place that has everything probably can't do anything ... read more
Trinh getting ready for her Bollywood debut.
Trinh & Thali out for drinks.
On the way to the temple

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Pune August 11th 2014

I have a contact in Pune. Well, my mother has a contact in Pune. Well my mother has a friend who has a sister in Pune. Her name is Pushpa. And this Sunday Pushpa had arrange for me to have lunch with her and her family at the Phoenix Mall, one of the biggest flashest malls in Pune, so big and flash you could forget you were in Pune, and perhaps that was its attraction, as no one seemed to do any buying there, just lots of walking around imbibing the alternate reality of malldom. Kiran was Pushpa’s daughter and she and her friend Shinie had come to pick me up to meet her parents at the mall. We made pleasant chit chat in the car but once out of her brick red Ford Ecosport I ... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Pune August 1st 2014

I’m here to “do yoga” – to study at the RIMYI for 4 weeks. I’ve been training to be an Iyengar yoga teacher since 2012 and with any luck will be certified this October when I sit for the certifying assessment in Sydney. The first time Studying at the Institute is a bit of a rite of passage for any Iyengar yoga teacher – the moment when a young teacher gets blooded – becomes initiated into the bolsterhood – is inoculated with the Indian culture – drinks form the ancient rubber chalice of asana and gets a good telling off from the grand wazoo. I went with Lynn, whose apartment I’m staying in, to visit the institute even though I don’t have any classes until Saturday. I’ve actually been to the institute before in 2008 for ... read more
a statue on arrive of Ramamani Iyengar
Work life balance
on leaving

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai July 31st 2014

As I sit in the bus from Mumbai to Pune - I feel like I’ve been in a comedy of errors up until now. After not hearing squat from the Unicontinental, I booked with the Golden Swan from (great site BTW). They were going to pick me up from the airport so when I saw a nice man holding a piece of paper with my name on it at the airport I naturally thought it was the Golden Swan. On arrival at the hotel I realised that the Unicontinental had somehow been listening even though they had not been responding to my emails……. This is the moment where Pi Wei loses her shit after 20 hours of travel and what now seemingly amounts to abduction, as they hold me captive in their lobby insisting that ... read more
The sweet truth
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monsoon weather leaving Mumbai

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra July 29th 2014

So here I am sitting in Mumbai. This trip takes me to Asia, starting off in India. How long will it last? Where am I going? I have no precise date to return. I couldn't get the time off I wanted for this trip so I had to think about it for a second and I quit my job. I had saved up for this trip and planned it for almost 2 years (well don't let me lie to you, there was no planning), so when I didn't get the time off I needed I resigned. I have nothing tying me down so I figured I might as well go for it because who knows what could happen if I wait. Now with no date I have to be back I will try to travel for ... read more
London Heathrow Airport, Plane Landing @ Sunset #2
London Heathrow Airport, Plane Landing @ Sunset #3
Mutton with butter Roti

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Pune July 27th 2014

About to leave to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune for a month. It's a bit of an Iyengar yoga teacher's pilgrimage and rite of passage. This will be my first time to study in the institute but not my first visit there. I went there in 2008 for the 90th birthday celebrations of BKS Iyengar which was a joyous affair but I think studying at the institute will not be quite along the same lines. Tying up my life has been pretty tricky and quite stressful. Leaving for 4 weeks means you need to make sure things (at work) don't fall apart while you are gone. No I'm not indispensable but I am responsible for making certain decisions in my business that no one else can do. In this day ... read more

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