Travels in India, part 3: A Rough Landing

We stopped in Mumbai for one night, so aside from a quick visit to Mumbai Central Rail station that evoked a surreal feeling of being in a Rudyard Kipling story, we didn't get to see much of the bustling, ever moving City. We would see much more on our return journey but that's for another … Continue reading Travels in India, part 3: A Rough Landing

Travels in India, part 2: An Alien in Mumbai

I have a confession to make. Until I planned this trip I had no idea that Mumbai and Bombay were the same place (and I have a GCSE in geography!). It turns out that 'Bombay' is a Galician-Portuguese moniker, most likely meaning 'good little bay'. 'Bombay' was renamed 'Mumbai' in 1995 when the local the … Continue reading Travels in India, part 2: An Alien in Mumbai

Switzerland, part 1: The Bus Trip

My first visit to Switzerland was the biggest culture shock of my life (to that point, anyway), but not in the way I might have expected. The trip had been organised for the local Girl Guide group which may not seem all that unusual. Unless you count the fact that I was not actually a … Continue reading Switzerland, part 1: The Bus Trip

Travels in India, part 1: Travails to India

I'm not sure exactly what I expected of India, but it was certainly different to what I got. I think maybe I was anticipating the the bright colours and fast paced soundtrack of a Bollywood Movie. What I saw was a country still in a transition that had started six decades before with the withdrawal … Continue reading Travels in India, part 1: Travails to India