We also got to see where Gandhi lived for a portion of his life. It was a very modest house kind of in the middle of nowhere. There was a giant library on the first floor and the room where he lived just had a mattress and some books.
We went to the highest point in Mumbai and saw the Hanging Gardens, which aren't hanging at all except for the fact that they are up high on a hill. They have so many crows everywhere, they are like a New York pigeon. The main reason I didn't like that was because any kind of peaceful moment I could've had looking at the gardens was disturbed by the sound of crows squawking.
We visited a museum filled with Indian artifacts but we ran out of time and didn't get to see much of it. I was feeling a little tired anyway so I just
found a bench to chill out on while I waited for the rest of the group. As I s
sitting there people kept sitting down in the empty seat next to me and taking pictures with me, like I was part of the museum. It felt very strange to have a woman walk up to me and put her child in my lap while her husband photographed us all. I was sitting with other Americans so I'm not sure what it was about me that they wanted to remember. A couple of people said it could have been the color of my hair or my light eyes. Anyway it was very strange.
The boat took us an hour away to the island where the Elephanta Caves were. We had to walk up 120 steps to reach the top but they distract you with
souvenirs and monkeys. The caves are also not what I imagined. I was cturing a cave you enter like a bear. This was a pretty large open space with tons of carvings all around. It was fascinating to see that they could carve all of that out of the stone.
On my way back down the hill I was getting a little hungry so I decided to stop for some local food. I asked the guy to just give me something traditional but I told him I needed it “to go.” I don’t think this is a common request because the bread ended up wrapped in a newspaper and the potato dish ended up in a plastic bag. It was so good but a little spicy for me. It also turned my fingers and mouth yellow because of the spices that were in it. Everyone thought I was so brave for eating the local food. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal but I’ll let you know how I feel in a couple of days.
*For whatever reason the pictures don't download very well on this site but I'll post more on my facebook page if you want to see them there!