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Jan 18, 2013 - Mumbai a.k.a. Bombay Jan 13th to Jan 15th

Happily an uneventful trip business class in a A330 and B747, not too painful. Exhausted and vegged out all of Sunday Jan 12th. Met up with several other Directors and called it a day. Glenn had been trying to shake a seemly unidentified mysterious cold or virus which had kept him below his normal 113% operating mode for a month and pretty badly since the New Year, a consequence of which delayed our departure for 2 days. Today is Jan 19th and it is the first day that things seem to be right again. Whilst I had to work, Sylvia and Barbara...

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Nov 15, 2012 - Diwali continues as we also pay a visit to Dharavi

A fab finishing day in Mumbai - more Diwali celebrations throughout the day and night. here are a few pics of the crowds gathering at Gateway to India near the beautiful taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Also a few shots of late-night street eats near Peter's place, all grilled kebabs and fresh rotis, mostly eaten as people walk along or picnic-style on the bonnet of a car. You'll see a charming pic of a "welcome" sign - we took a tour out to Dharavi, Mumbai's biggest slum area housing 1 million people. Quite an eye-opener, spending nearly 3 hours...

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Nov 14, 2012 - Manic Mumbai and India's Diwali Festival

What a fab time in Mumbai - so good to be back. In these pics are a few snaps of typical Diwali (Festival of Lights) street decorations and public holiday gatherings along the waterfront as well as some nearby cricket on the Maidan. On 14NOV we celebrated Diwali with Peter and his good friend Vikas, with his gorgeous wife Sheetal and their lovely daughter Shruta. We enjoyed a night out at a Chinese Restaurant (maybe not so traditional!), with a ride in Vikas' beautifully renovated Ambassador. His driver must have the biggest biceps in...

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Oct 23, 2012 - India day 6

Today, I had a bit of stomach ache but got up about 8:30 and went to breakfast anyway. Shari was snoozing away until I returned, she got up and we left to see the Palace. Upon strolling towards town, a very persistant tuk tuk driver picked us up and served as our driver for the rest of the day. He dropped us off at the Palace where we purchase tickets and the audio tour. We were told about an event that night featuring the 76th Maharana of Mewar, (the Palace is his family home). We took the tour around, very beautiful architecture, and some...

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Oct 21, 2012 - India day 4

Got up, went to get some exercise in and went out to the pool for coffee, Shari joined me. Got a taxi to see the Dobhi Ghat a several acre open air laundry that cleans tons of Mumbai's laundry all by hand! As you can see in the photo, there are hundreds of men and boys cleaning and rinsing the city's dirty laundry. Our Taxi driver to the Ghat became our guide as he spoke passable English. He took us to the Ghandi House / Museum and waited for us to go in and take a look at the various rooms, library and visual presentations in this great...

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Oct 20, 2012 - India day 2

Today we left the gates of the hotel and walked out into the surrounding slum/neighborhood, headed ultimately for the Crawford Market. The Market itself was constructed under the rule of the British and has seen better days, but it still functions on a daily basis, moving products of all types to homes and hotels in the Mumbai area. You can pretty much find anything there, food, clothing, paper, animals for slaughter and for pets, feed, etc, etc. There are many sights and of course smells to be had and we enjoyed ourselves. We were late for...

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Oct 20, 2012 - India day 3

Today I worked out in the fitness area and than joined Shari who was relaxing out by the pool. We left the hotel by taxi this time and headed for the Colaba district, which is at the very tip of Mumbai and where most of the tourism of Mumbai happens. Here you'll find the Gate of India, famed Taj Mahal Palace hotel, tour offices, the embarkation for Elephanta island (Buddhist caves), and scores of restaurants, cafe's and small market stalls all squeezed into and around the hodge podged British architecture. The taxi dropped us off near the...

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Oct 18, 2012 - India!

After another 10 hour flight from the Netherlands we arrive in India at about 11:30 pm. We are late as Delta decided to upload new navigation software while we were all sitting on the tarmac. It would seem that they could do that during a regularly scheduled maintainance, but whatever, we're here. The plane unloads into a fairly typically large Int'l customs hall, we wait in a line for about 40 minutes, lots of people watching, Shari speaks to an Indian man who grew up in Pittsburgh but is now working out of his Mother Country, he says "boy...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Mumbai

The overnight train was an experience but soo much fun we were in 6 bed bays so a set of two, triple bunk beds – I was in the middle one which was nice and in with a nice set of people. We sang, ate and played cards until 11pm when the lights went out for bedtime. I went to sleep straight away surprisingly and woke up at 7.45 with a very stiff back but other than that was a good experience for me. Lots of people didn’t manage to sleep much at all. We got to Mumbai at 8am and headed straight to the hotel to dump our bags. The hotel was nice...

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Aug 20, 2012 - The Cat...

Just a short entry. Plane was delayed slightly but that was ok because Mumbai airport is actually quite good. The flight was fine except for a crying baby all the way but for only 3 hours and back to RAK we didn't much care. Navayan picked us up and we were back in our apartment by midnight, after nipping to Al Saif Supermarket at the bottom of our block for some milk and bread and also having a chat with Saeed who...wait for it...hugged us!!! He isn't very demonstrative usually but he gave me a whopping great hug and looked slightly...

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Aug 17, 2012 - Navi Mumbai...again!

Well, where to start!! We went to Ancestral Goa which was great for the whole 50p each it cost us to get in! Interesting exhibits about Goan life through the ages and the largest Laterite sculpture in India. Rain held off again until we left which was good. Came home and had dinner at the Pentagon Restaurant again. Watched House until we went to bed. Left Majorda at about 11.30am and headed east through Goa and then North to Belgaum. Lovely road through the mountains and we felt more confident having a working horn and a new tyre! Reached...

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Aug 6, 2012 - Taurus and Pisces Compatibility

Taurus and Pisces Compatibility Taurus and Pisces make lovely relationship as both of them are very affectionate and caring nature. They both have qualities that are much appreciated by other one. Taurus people have firm nature while Pisces people are kind and simple nature. Taurus people want to achieve great heights thus they are constantly working on it. They show amazing dedication for it. They are strong and courageous enough to fight against any odds. They want to earn good amount of money before retiring so that they can make their...

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