mumbai july 7-8a funny building, the fancy taj mahal hotel, india gateleopold cafeyummya boat to elephanta islandthe elephant cavesmumbai was a slight whirlwind because we were fairly delayed getting here and then the whole major jet lag thing didn't help.
i didn't really sleep the first night.
when we finally landed i was feeling nervous and overwhelmed. ben said, "it's ok. it just like everything we've done before except completely different."
we still enjoyed a few exciting cab rides, looking for a restaurant recommended by the nytimes that had shut down. but also enjoying food at leopold cafe that was the best indian food we've ever had. so far.
and it is monsoon season so as you can tell, we are totally soaked.
things to remember:
bringing the underwater digital camera was such a smart idea (monsoon)
a/c cabs are much more expensive than non a/c
converting into rupees is difficult
umbrellas are good to have in the monsoon season until you are basically in a monsoon and then you just give up and put your one little umbrella away
a simple "no thank you" doesn't always work when you are offered things but it's worth a shot
elephant caves are amazing and date back to about 20 ad. hearing the stories about shiva and other gods was so fascinating
just when you say to ben, oh we should avoid those monkeys (because of the number of things they carry) they might start walking straight at you at full speed. true story
many people living in the slums have tarp roofs and satellite dishes
headed to new delhi next.