While I am here in Sweden and facing an other fall and coldness. A dear friend send a photo on whatsapp from Mumbai. What I felt was, damn you, why can I not be there?
So, in November, I am going to plan my trip in India. I know there will be three stops. The stops are Mumbai most likely stay at a friends place in Bandra. There is a place I wish to go to and it is of course Cafe leopold. I have to no questions alone or with friends. Only becasue of the books I read, too famous place to skip.
Than in Pune, I am going to stay at my friends and families houses. I do not have any pecial wishes beside I wish to have chaat and spend times with them. Also, I want to go out to kue bar and oakwood. So, dresses and high hees are going in the bag.
The best part with this trip is I am going to Goa. I need the sun, and the heat. There are no questions about that. But, I would not dear to travel alone to Goa, I can fly alone in India, but not travel alone in Bus or train. That is too risky in my eyes. I know some girls have done backpacking alone in India, but I do not want to take any risks.
However, hopefully my dear friend is free so we can travel to Goa, and be on the beach, eat good and enjoy the time in Goa without drugs. I am sure it is possible to enjoy Goa without harming the body.
I have skipped all sort of harmfull things in Goa and had a great time, the only thing you need in the end is good company. A and O is the company everything.
Goa, are you ready?
When I visited India during December, my friends and I went to Forest Essentials store in Pune. I would say the store is little bit a like Bodyshop, but better. At least the store provide a luxury feeling. In the store I bought body oil and a lip bomb. However, at the Mumbai’s airport, I had around 3000 rupees left and needed to spend them. So, once again I visited the store and found this lovely cream. The cream has a rich sense of roses. But, when I passed the security check, they needed to test the cream and run a scanner. During that time I was not sure if they would say, sorry ma’am you can not bring the cream on the plane. Well, as it turn out, I got the cream to Sweden.
The box, is really sweet and might be good to keep it with my perfume.
So wired, for months my external hard drive has not worked. Instead of working it has given the sadness little sound when ever I plug it in to my computre. Therefore I went to my brother to get help and guess what, at my brother’s place the external driver worked without any problem and when I came home it worked again! That is why technique is not my cup of tea. Also, thenique should not have they own life, but they do. So wired, and irritating!
However, I got most of my photos, but the worst part, a lot of my photos are still missing. A lot. photos for 6 months in India is gone. When I’m thinking about it, I get a huge pain. But, at least I have the memories left… But may be, just may be, my brother can find the photos on my old hard drive from a very dead laptop. But, who knows.
This is a photo from last year. When my friend and I was waiting on the local buss. Well, I would say it is not hard to take bus in Pune especially when it is not the rush hour. On the other side during rush hour, none should take the bus, because during that time it is horrible. Everyone in the bus are packed like sardines in a cane and also during that time the safety is limited. The control over the situation is limited.
Well, for example when I wanted to travel with the bus was a little bit of a challenge. I avoid the buss during rush over for my safety.
I could not read or speak in Marathi and on the other hand the workers had a very limited vocabulary in English. So our communication was based on simple words in our languages most of the times and body language. I could say, Sir, excuse me, bus to Deccan and made the question mark with my hand. The respond was often, the man showed and pointed out on which bus to take. So my statement is the workers were helpful. They made sure I got the right bus and the conductor made sure I got a seat on women side of the bus. Also, I have met the worker who has not cared to help me, but then it is just to go the next one and the next one till someone is able to help.
In the end, many of the stories in the media shows often one view of India . But, not everyone on the street or in the bus is bad. No, the media has painted India to be dark country without colors. I agree India can become even better, and it is good media write about the problems India is facing, so India get bigger pressure to change the current situation. On the other side, I wish media could sometime change the view, or at least write about how groups in India are working on changing the norms and situations.
The very last, I might not be the right person to write about this sort of things. Because I am not an Indian and right now I am not living in India. But, I felt I needed to write about it. Also the very last, Mumbai and Pune are not like New Delhi and people are different in this three cities.
I found this from the wardrobe. I have not use it a lot, mostly been hanged in there. Also, it feels pretty good to use clothes which has been in the wardrobe for months. Well till the summer the top will be great with chinos and the blue jacket. I bought it in Mumbai, Phoenix mall in the store Wills lifestyle. I would say the brand is budget and has nice clothes.
For the first time I did not cry while saying good bye to my friends, family and India.
Instead, I had a wired feelings of I am so coming back and there for no reason to cry. However, when I am back in India is a good question.
The journey back started in a less good way. The taxi company KK travels was full booked. KK travels is a good effective transportation agency between Mumbai and Pune. With good drivers and passengers, the cost is 950 rupees (share cab with other people) and the journey is 4-6 h depending on the traffic and if you are the first or last person to be dropped.
In my case, I was surprised how easy it was so find KK travels at the airport and to find my name in the list. Also, they drop you at your address. Very good.
Instead of KK travels my friend tried to find other company but it was impossible to find share cab. So it ended up we booked a cab to Pune railway station and from there find cool cab. Cool cab is prepay travel agency. The best part is, the customer pay in advance and there for does not need to think about meters and if the driver take a long way and traffic jams.
But, as we found out, cool cab does not have share cab and a cab with AC would have cost me 2300 rupees. As my friend was going to pay, we met two men who were going to Mumbai international airport. So it ended up we three people booked a cab and shared the cost. I do not think the drivers liked us, but who cares?
The whole journey went smoothly, without any problems. Beside the traffic jams in Mumbai, pure pain. I think only Mumbai journey took 2 hours. At the airport one of the men allowed me to call my friend to inform all went well and 15 hours flight was waiting for me.
cool cab, is not that cool…
For me, the old British buildings are impressing. And a most visit in Mumbai!
Build by sandstone and typical architected which is possible to find in Europe.
So, in Mumbai I was forgetting I was in Mumbai and not in Europe. Beside, the heat and the crowd was hitting me, the city is in India.
I cannot say love Mumbai, the weather was too hot. But may be Mumbai is much better now during winter season then in the summer.
If I only had sometime to be in Mumbai again….
Well, when my family and I were in Mumbai, we visited a small and very popular café. The café was and probably is still in the older part of Mumbai. If I remember this café is on the same street as Café Leopode.
However, because it was thevery first time I had real bakery since I arrived in India, you can imagine how pleased I was to eat a real croissant.
Also, this cafe has this small cute boxes for the cookies. How can you not fall in love with the boxes? There for, before we left, I did asked if it was possible for me to take a box with me. The respond was, of course you can which one do you want. So I got this one and they did not want me to pay for it either…
If, I have time to spend in Mumbai, I would like to visit this cafe again and a popular area in the north part of Mumbai. I did not have time…
Well I can really understand the cats laying on the stairs when the temperature is between 30-40 degrees.
Lazy, lazy day in Mumbai.
I miss India, really much . I would like to meet my friends in India. Why can I not be there again?
When we were walking around in the south of Mumbai, the old British part. We found a small but very popular cafe. When we find intressting cafe we diffenatly go for a cup of coffee and some bakery and was what we did.
The cafe is on the fomus shipping street with some stores and allot off street shopping also cafe leopod lays on that street.
However this cafe Theobroma is after all commercial and next to mad-over.-donuts.
Why, I am writing about this cafe is because we all fall in love with it.
The cafe had so many bakeries which would love to try but could not. Helpful stuff.
Also, may be the best part absolutely amazing and tasty croissant, I have not had anything like this for a very long time.
It is a most to visit this cafe.