I made a start on the buses today
Greetings to readers world wide as we commence our coverage of the double deck best buses in Mumbai. Things certainly aren't what they used to be although in places it is slightly better than the lists of DD routes suggest certainly the 103. Route was an extra but I think that at rush hour all sorts of extras can appear. I started with heading south East from the hotel at narriman point and after a lot of walking and asking despite a map supplied by the hotel I eventually tracked it down to a point not that far from that suggested by the map but lost a lot of time in random wandering. It turned out to be an in out through a wall like the old bighorn depot , you could see to the back from the guarded gateway all that would have been interesting was the blue open topped only now used for charter at weekend eveings. Then I tried to find the back bay depot which is at the end of the 128 which almost goes past our hotel, the depot cum bus station is opposite a massive military establishment with no photography. I then followed the route back towards the hotel until l located a corner at lights with the sun in the right direction. It was his gone midday and I'd hardly taken any video or photos. Then I got pulled by the police as I'd been filming there for a kind time, I think they were just being nosey, horrid the Indian police near!T but not quite as bad as Scotland. By this time my feet were sore. The back was holding out, we'd had a great sleep last night, s good job we set the alarm otherwise we may never have stirred. It was low thirties today a bit hotter tomorrow, certainly sweated a lot, picked up a huge blister. I couldn't find any proper shops, all we wanted was tonic water and orange juice to go with our lasrjc bottle of time from Manchester airport. I finished up at Victoria terminus and although it may not be the days of former glories it provided the most varied shots yet and several in the lesser routes although tomorrow I I intend to go north to another clutch of routes which don't reach down and seem centered around the area near the airport so I'll try and get a train from Victoria station, it will be against the rush hour flow and at the start of the journey I think it takes about 35 minutes on a local which have their own section at the station. I tried to get hold of the chap from best but he was out of town but his stand in said give him a call from the depot and her send somebody but we don't know which depot he is at. All very Indian you could say. The restaurant is extortionate even for an overkill, the wine is a killer, we'll try a beer tonight and Mandy a gin and tonic.
Reminding me of my week in Bombay in 1991. It took me most of the week to get used to everything there - then it was time to continue my journey home from Australia.
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