Monday, August 12, 2013

8-12 August 2013: Oman and Mumbai

It was good to visit Muscat/Oman - certainly one of the friendly places on this planet - and I had an excellent return to Mumbai aftwards as well.

While I had only one night in Oman the guest house right at the beach - the L'Espace - was amazing, and there is shortage of nice grilled meat in that country either!

L'Espace in Muscat

L'Espace in Muscat, II.



To come back to Mumbai was quite enjoyable this time since I felt so much more relaxed than during my previous visits - I had a nice walk along the Marina, a glass of Indian (and pretty decent) Cabernet at the Taj, went for the (more or less mandatory) Kingfisher at Leopold's. But what I liked most was actually the new things I did this time - an extensive walk in Old Mumbai between Victoria Terminus and Churchgate...
Old Mumbai, I.

Old Mumbai, II.

Old Mumbai, III.
had a ride with the local commuter railway... (Western Line; in peak traffic, though on a Saturday)....
Western Line when leaving from Churchgate...

... and a bit more packed a little while later
... and I noticed the nice buildings much more than before, such as
Victoria Terminus and...

Churchgate.
It's good to come back to places you have been to quite a while ago - the places might not have changed so much, but you see them with entirely new eyes once you are open to them yourself...

I think the reason is that I am by now feeling entirely relaxed when I am in India, and interestingly this feels like being 'connected to the world, as one'. There is little 'things are different here - so I feel uneasy' anymore, it is now more like 'things are different here - but everything is fine, the way it is'. Feels good I have to say.

I just arrived in Pune this evening, had a nice dinner with Karthikeyan - more to come here shortly!

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