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Photos – #MumbaiInMarch
Posted by Shanta on March 13, 2016
Day Three – #MumbaiInMarch
Posted by Shanta on March 11, 2016
Been a great trip so far! Spent a good part of the day yesterday at the office, mostly catching up and watching my cousin at work. Need more power and wifi, buy it will sort itself out soon enough.
Met with my friend Yash last night for drinks and then dinner with his sister and her husband. We started off at the Barking Deer, a microbrewery run by a guy from Vermont, where Yash is known as soon as he comes in the door by at least three guys and has his beer served to him in a mug with his name on it. I tried a red wine called “Satori”. It’s an Indian wine, but the name in Japanese translates to ” Moment of enlightenment “. So of course I have to try it. Even had a flavour of spice to it.
After, we head over to Phoenix for dinner at a seafood restaurant. I’m very picky when it comes to seafood, but I have to admit that I tried everything they had; fish, prawns, even crab. The company was delightful and we are guessing that it’s been about 20 years since I saw her last. This is a great trip. We talked for hours on everything from what’s going on in India to websites and app development to our parents. Understand, our fathers have known each other for 60 plus years. Looks like the next generation is following in their footsteps and having a blast.
Today we went shopping and got some outfits. Just need to find some matching pieces and get the rest of my shopping done. Most likely Tuesday and it will be plentiful!
I’m still having trouble with power and wifi but I’m getting my SIM this evening so I should have better connection with everyone this weekend coming. Will also post photos and more when I get solid power and wifi.
After work today, we’re going to the gym and I’ll have a swim. Tonight, I think we’re going to a movie after dinner. Tomorrow, WordCamp Mumbai!
Day Two – #MumbaiInMarch
Posted by Shanta on March 10, 2016
Trying to keep the load on what wifi I have to a minimum, so I may not upload all of the photos I’m taking right away and embedding them directly from my drive. Learning as I go.
So, to make you all jealous, this is the view from the sitting room where I’m staying:
The temperature is currently sitting at 33 celcius. We don’t even go out in this temperature!
This was on my drive earlier today.:
Notice the temple on the water!
Went with my cousin Shilpa to a store to pick out some fabric that she makes into amazing out fits. While I can’t show you those outfits, wanted to show you some of what I saw while it’s still fresh in my mind:
And this is from her office:
Wanted to get a few things out there and make sure I keep up with my promise. Might post more later, but here is just part of my first real day on the ground. Dinner with friends later!
Day One – Arrival in Mumbai #MumbaiInMarch
Posted by Shanta on March 10, 2016
I’ve always been terrible at keeping up with these things, but after watching a vlog post by Mendel Kurland yesterday, I realized I’m the same way. I hate being in front of a camera and much of what I write about my experiences I look back on and think they’re boring. Here’s hoping that changes.
Even before I saw Mendel’s video, I had already had a chat with another friend of mine, Jo, one of the founders of #DevTO the night before I left. He encouraged me to blog about my trip, which I was planning to do, mostly with photos. I said I might even try my hand at vlogging. And so I fired up my Periscope and began at the airport in Toronto. Did another one in Frankfurt, but no one was watching mainly because it was stupid early. Will try and keep it up…promise.
On the whole the flights have been uneventful. Very comfortable and even got a couple of seats to myself on the flight to Mumbai, which was really nice when I wanted to sleep and my stomach wasn’t feeling all that well. On the first flight, I ended up beside a Justin Bieber look-a-like, who actually turned out to be okay in the end. He and his class were taking a 10 day trip around Europe. The four seater that contained the two teens had me on one end and another woman on the other. When we were beginning our decent into Frankfurt, they began to talk about all the places she’d been with her daughter. I chimed in (probably uninvited as I am prone to do) with my current trip, spending time in Hong Kong and the like. I had to because this other woman was boring them to death. She didn’t seem too pleased, but I just saved that conversation. I may not be the most observant person, but I could tell that these two wanted her to leave them alone. I think I won them over in the end. I’m competitive, so sue me.
Landing in Mumbai soon. Pictures to follow!