Second day here in Mumbai was exhausting to say none the least. A couple of us couldn’t sleep, so around 5, we walked down to the gateway of India and tried to catch the sunrise. After waiting around half an hour, we realized the sun was up and we didn’t even see it come up! We decided we wanted to grab some McDonald’s but unfortunately it still wasn’t open at the time so we headed back to the hotel and waited until then.
At 7, we headed to McDonald’s, and we got to try a breakfast from there. Their menu surprised me quite a bit acrually as there were no beef options (not surprising). I had a hashbrown brioche and a green apple iced tea. We also looked through the menu and noticed so many other different items not offered normally in Canada.
Unfortunately, today’s day was mostly spent inside at the college filled with lectures. Each lecture was inspiring however and provided even more insight about globalization, business in India, how entrepreneurships began, etc. We also had a lecturer talking about film but she was unentertaing and rude. Food was always provided to us by the host organization, with each item offered being completely different. Today, we tried something called ‘Paan’ which is essentially something eaten at the end of a meal to cleanse your palette. I didn’t try it because everyone’s reactions turned me off but apparently I didn’t miss much! We also tried a wrap that was like Indian shawarma to say the least.
Our classroom sessions ended around 4 after we were supposed to end at 1:30. After this, we went on a heritage walk and went to see different museums in the area. The first one we saw was at the museum of modern art which was right in front of our hotel, which discussed the history of Bombay’s art. The second museum we visited was called the Prince of Wales Museum and the outside architecture was incredible. There were statues everywhere and made for perfect photo ops. The inside had a lot of history-from fossils, to art, etc. One thing I noticed that was different here is that they charge people to take pictures! Something I had never noticed before.
After this, we were taken on a walk around town just to see different parts of it as each area looks different than the other.
This day was exhausting not to say the least but we ended off our walk by seeing the sunset at Marine Drive, and you can see the sun setting down with the skyline in the back (see below). After that, we finally headed back to our hotel for some much needed rest! Oh, I also thought my camera broke which was giving me a nice panic attack… however I wouldn’t have changed today for the world!