|Have made it safely to Mumbai. I am staying at the Sea Shore hotel in the Colaba Area. It is one of my most expensive hotels yet at 700 rupees/night. This is with no bathroom mind you. I have to walk down the hallway to take care of business. On top of that it is on the 4th floor with no elevator. Accommodation is so expensive here.
I am both loving and hating Mumbai so far. There are so many children begging and all of them then with faded hair (a sign of malnourishment) and they are aggressive. On top of this, during my bus ride we drove through the shanty town. For those of you who don't know, Mumbai has the world's largest shantytown. The area is made up of temporary shelters of various pieces of scrap metal, tarps, wood and anything else that could be found. The houses literally look as though they will just fall apart when the wind blows on them.
It is a very dichotomous area. It is the capital of the Indian film industry producing more movies every year than any other country, and also one of the poorest areas in the world and possibly the country. It has a huge red light district and lots of poverty and beggars. The dogs too are nuts. I think they don't like me because I have had about 5 different ones snarling and barking aggressively at me. I have taken to carrying a couple of big rocks which I threaten them with.
I don't know how long I will be here. I enjoyed my last day in Goa. I met some interesting people there. French neo-hippies, German yogis, a Nigerian soccer player, and my favorite Hari Krishna a 23 year old virgin who really wanted me to devirginize him. I like the kid, but not that much. By the way, I did do my back bend yesterday with a lot of help. It hurt like hell.