The Wine Capital of India

The Wine Capital of India

As our time in Mumbai was coming to a close, we set our sights on a city 100 miles to the northeast called Nashik. The fourth fastest-growing city in India, Nashik is a city of about 1.5 million people and is situated on the Godavari River, which is considered holy in Hinduism. While the city…

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Change you can believe in

Change you can believe in

A strange and sometimes aggravating phenomenon occurs here in India whereby nobody seems to have small bills or coins. Not taxi drivers, not food vendors, not bookstores, not hotels – nobody. Unless you pay with exact change, no matter the situation, the person you’re paying will say “do you have change?” If you say no,…

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Elephanta Island

Elephanta Island

A couple days ago, we headed out to Elephanta Island, a small Island in Mumbai Harbor about 6 miles east of Mumbai. We were going to see the 1600 year-old caves and rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To get there, you need to catch a ferry – they run every 30 minutes –…

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Our $17 dumbphone

Phones and Head Bobbles, Oh My

Having a phone seems like it will really come in handy here in India. For example, in order to sign up to buy train tickets online, you need an Indian mobile phone number. There is a workaround for people who don’t have one (which we already used), but things are generally easier if you have…

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Mumbai: First Impressions

Mumbai: First Impressions

We’ve been in Mumbai for about 18 hours, and it’s been pretty great so far. We are staying in the “Fort” area, in South Mumbai, a relatively wealthy and touristy area. Normally, that’s kind of annoying, but when you’re sleep-deprived, experiencing jet lag from an 11.5 hour time change, and in a massive city for…

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Honestly Anxious

Honestly Anxious

In approximately 54 hours we’ll be getting on a plane to Mumbai to start our ‘Round the World’ trip. We’re pretty much ready to go and just have a few items left to check off of our list (packing, copying passports, doing a Skype dry-run with Bubby, etc). With everything coming together, pretty much according…

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