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Friday, April 20, 2001
Mumbai, India
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Mumbai, India:
Latitude: 18° 55' 10" North
Longitude: 72° 49' 50" East
Altitude: 70 feet
From Seattle: 9721 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Strand Palace Hotel

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Today's Travel:
Country: India
Region: Maharashtra
Weather: Sunny

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The Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai, India

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1471
Linear Dist: 275868
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 286
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Hotels: 598
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4590
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Journal Entry:
My main goal for today was to get a package shipped home. I found the post office without any trouble, but unlike the one in Calcutta there was no one to "seal" it there - they sent me to a tailor. The Indian post office will not accept a package unless it has been wrapped in linen and sewn shut. It took me a while to find the tailor, but on the way I was able to find a box and get the package ready. The tailoring took about ten minutes and the workmanship was very nice - kind of silly really. Back at the post office I relatively quickly got the package sent and by 12:30 was on the street again.

I spent the afternoon wandering around Apollo Bunder and Colaba. I really like Bombay - or at least this part of Bombay. The streets are wide and shaded by trees. The buildings are ornate and stylish - some maintained, some decaying. The people are friendly and it's comfortably western while at the same time being totally Indian. I explored the ferry docks around the Gateway of India and the surrounding streets. I looked at street stalls and went to a couple of the market buildings but there was no way I was going to buy anything immediately after sending a package! Especially when I realized that I had forgotten to send my guide book so now I have an extra heavy book to carry.

In the late afternoon I did a long internet session then went back to the hotel. I ended the night at the same cafe drinking beer, reading, and absorbing the atmosphere.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Mumbai
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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