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Topic: OT: Anybody been to Mumbai (ne Bombay)? (16 msgs / 325 lines)
1) From: Kris McN
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

2) From: john nanavati
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:
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Plainfield, New Jersey

3) From: Lynne Biziewski
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
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4) From: Kris McN
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

5) From: john nanavati
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:
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John Nanavati, DHI, CIT
Plainfield, New Jersey

6) From: Kris McN
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.
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7) From: Sandy Andina
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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).
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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).
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8) From: Kris McN
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

9) From: John Brown
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.
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10) From: Kris McN
That may well be true, but the State Dept isn't the issue, it's the
international travel regulations of my agency.
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11) From: Barry Luterman
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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.

12) From: John Brown
 i do know what you mean,  i was 20 years active duty US Navy, 19 years 
with DOD
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13) From: john nanavati
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

14) From: Kris McN
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 ;-)

15) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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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..."

16) From: Amy Bailey
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
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