Hey All, I got a last minute invite to attend a workshop in Pune, India next month (it's about 60 miles SE of Mumbai). My way is paid, but it's too short of notice to make it affordable for me to bring the boys along, so I'll be going solo. I'll have a day or 2 after to spend in Mumbai. Anyone who's been there - if you had just a day to spend, what would be at the top of your list to do/see in Mumbai? India is one place I've never been, so I'm a blank slate. Keep in mind, I'll be 7 months pregnant by then, so I won't want to be trekking for miles in the high heat and humidity, but I don't mind hoofing it some. I know it's a bit ridiculous, but a day or 2 is all I've got. I'm planning on bringing my Aeropress and vac sealing pre-ground beans in single serv packets to take with (my grinder just isn't portable enough to carry along). I'll probably take some fresh roasted beans along with me to gift the organizers. Any thoughts/comments? Kris McN
i have relatives who used to live there, and my mother and sister went to visit a year, or so, ago. i'll see what i can do for you. On 7/24/07, Kris McN wrote: <Snip> -- John Nanavati, DHI, CIT Plainfield, New Jersey
Wow - I have to say, I never was able to do anything quite as exciting when I was 7 months pregnant! Be sure to take pictures & let us know how it all goes - I love different cultures, but for now I must live through what I read - so be sure to share with us! Lynne On 7/24/07, Kris McN wrote: <Snip>
It's funny, something about me having babies brings out the international travel opportunities. Just about 3 years ago right after having my son I was invited to speak at a conference in Ireland. That time I had plenty of advanced notice, so I brought along my husband and 6 week old son (I wouldn't have gone otherwise). Fortunately, babies are extremely portable when they're that little! I kind of shudder at the prospect of a long, international flight with him at this age. Kris McN
btw, if you have the opportunity to fly on Emirates - do it! It's the best airline that i've ever been on. On 7/24/07, Kris McN wrote: <Snip> -- John Nanavati, DHI, CIT Plainfield, New Jersey
Oh, I wish! However, as a federal employee, I can only fly on a US carrier, even though it's not the US tax payer paying for my trip. Go figure. On 7/24/07, john nanavati wrote: <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-50-858039034 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed WHAT??? I hope that's just for work-related trips--it's none of the government's **** business what airline you patronize for personal business or vacation. If the government claims it is, I smell a nice big fat class action suit brewing, since that restriction violates the First Amendment. You're a civilian, right? (I could see their point if you were in the military, though). On Jul 24, 2007, at 6:48 PM, Kris McN wrote: <Snip> Sandy Andina www.sandyandina.com www.myspace.com/sandyandina --Apple-Mail-50-858039034 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 WHAT??? I hope that's just = for work-related trips--it's none of the government's **** business what = airline you patronize for personal business or vacation. If the = government claims it is, I smell a nice big fat class action suit = brewing, since that restriction violates the First Amendment. You're a = civilian, right? (I could see their point if you were in the military, = though). On Jul 24, 2007, at 6:48 PM, Kris McN = wrote:
Well, though the US govt isn't paying for any of my travel or accommodation expenses, they will be paying my regular salary while I'm there (I'm not taking vacation time), so I'll be "on the clock", thus on official govt. travel. You're right that when I'm traveling on my own dime and on my own time, they have nothing to say about it. I do wonder what would happen though if the Indian govt said, "We're paying for the travel so you can only fly on an Indian carrier." I'd probably have to decline the invitation... Kris McN
if the govt. of India were to provide your transportation and this is an official request for your lecture. you would travel on air India and the State Department would be falling all over them selves to help. Kris McN wrote: <Snip>
That may well be true, but the State Dept isn't the issue, it's the international travel regulations of my agency. On 7/25/07, John Brown wrote: <Snip>
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Actually, my family just went through this. When my daughter fled from = Singapore the State Department insisted she use an American Carrier for = her flight from Singapore to Portland. They said they could offer her = more protection and coverage if she used an American Carrier.
i do know what you mean, i was 20 years active duty US Navy, 19 years with DOD Kris McN wrote: <Snip>
sorry to say, but my relations have failed me. my mother and sister never made it to bombay - surprising. my aunt, who lived there for ~10 years suggested referencing Fodors or lonely planet - gee thanks ;- ). unlike them. i will happily go in advance, scope thing out, and send you a report. John Nanavati, DHI, CIT Plainfield, New Jersey
Thanks for asking! It's funny how often residents are the worse resources for tourist info. I lived in London for a while back in the day and the only time I ever went to Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey and other such sights was when family came to visit. Dennis suggested Bollywood, which I didn't realize was an actual place. I thought it was more of a concept or a catch-all term for the movie industry based in Bombay. I'll have to look into that... I'm thinking I want to hit the Crawford Market and surrounding bazaars - maybe I'll find some green coffee (Nuggets?!) since I can't get out to the coffee regions. Probably won't be the greatest quality, but I don't think I'll be able to resist. I'm also thinking I might try to get to the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum. Also, I may be there during the 10-day Ganesh festival (I can't figure out when the 4th day of Bhadrapada is this year, so I'm not sure, but it some time in August or Sept), so I may get to see a procession of idols or some other celebration. Let's see... peace, shopping, religion... that would be a full day for sure ;-)
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Kris , I asked the guy in my office who is from there and he asked his family who is from there here is what I got: 10-day Ganesh festival -Aug 2nd He also said that you may want to head north, it will be cooler and very beautiful! V/R, FC1(SW/AW) Dennis W. True "Life Liberty and the pursuit of all who threaten it..."
Sorry for replying so late! Both Fodors and Lonely Planet have EXCELLENT travel forums. They're handy for me for various trips where no-one I know has been to those countries. (My co-workers are usually telling me "Don't go, that's too dangerous!" but then I have a great time.) :) Since the people on the forums have been there, they have useful advice. For Turkey, Peru and Thailand, Lonely Planet was better for me. For Egypt, since I didn't have a lot of time and wanted arrangements ahead of time, Fodors was better for the above backpacking price range. But Lonely Planet has many more people answering questions. On Lonely Planet especially you see many people saying things like "I'm going to be in Bangkok for 12 hours on a layover, what should I see?" So your question will be right in line. Do read the FAQ thread for India's "branch" (on LP) first. Have fun!http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/http://www.fodors.com/forums/ ---Amy On 7/26/07, john nanavati wrote: <Snip>