MUMBAI MADNESS

There is no doubt that Mumbai is enchanting. I want to go back ... that for me says all I need to know. However, it is also a humbling place. As I mentioned previously, I was in some ways mentally prepared for the poverty etc, but it still took my breath away when it was right in front of me.

I have never seen anything or experienced anything like it.

I want to share some snapshots & thoughts with you from the few days we were there ...  

It's important to look where you are walking.

VERY IMPORTANT.

Transport rules are ... erm ... different (?). NB: Mum is sat behind Dad on the bike too.

We decided to join some locals in trying to cross the roads. We thought safety in numbers as the vehicles get pretty close..!

Transport options are fairly simple. 1) Bus - VERY full. 2) Motorbike with several people. 3) Cab - the safe(r) option. We opted for that one.

The other transport option ... the Tuc-Tuc. Love the flowers on the trees here!

Oh and of course, don't forget you can ride in the back of a truck too, with the cargo. 

A place called home.

Family values are high in India. I love the colours and smiles of this country!

... and they have grave yards for their motorbikes! Either that, or really really bad car parks.

 A popular sight in Mumbai. I wish I could buy everyone food.

A popular sight in Mumbai. I wish I could buy everyone food.

Stray dogs. They can be scary, when they bark and run at you spontaneously!

 Travelling around with this lady makes a lot of the difficulties much  easier . We always try to keep it fun and we balance each other really well.

Travelling around with this lady makes a lot of the difficulties much easier. We always try to keep it fun and we balance each other really well.

I couldn't post all these pictures without showing the BRILLIANT crowd that turned up for the finals. india has been the best crowd and event for a long time!

And now I'm sat in an apartment in the beautiful city of Innsbruck,  a stark contrast to Mumbai.

I went out to buy breakfast in a down jacket and we are surrounded by snow capped mountains. I had not visited India before and I am so glad I got the opportunity. Trips like the one we just had really make me appreciate, remember and value the littlest things I have in my life. Things that are all too easy to take for granted. India is a country so rich with in many ways and yet so poor in others. I feel privileged to have gotten the opportunity to experience that.

This is why I love climbing. LC x