We started off in the morning by walking all the way from our hotel to the Gateway Of India, an important monument on the Mumbai waterfront. It was a fifteen minute walk through the crazy streets of Mumbai.
When we got to the Gateway Of India, we had to go through a security checkpoint. They must had trouble here in the past. When we finished the security check, we went to look for the tour guide, Krishna. Krishna said, “he would be standing on the side wearing a blue shirt”. When we got there, there was a massive crowd. Luckily he found us.
We had to wait a little while longer, since Krishna had to find three other women that were going on the tour. When he found them, we went to the boat dock.
Our boat was just pulling up when we got to the dock and we got first seats. I got to sit in the middle section on the top deck. The boat loaded very slowly, but I lived. The boat also was slow when it was going. It took an hour to sail all the way across the bay.
When we got there we took a bus that was very full almost as full as the chicken buses in Guatemala and Belize.
The bus ride was a hour long to and on the journey I overheard that the other women on the tour where from different parts of New Zealand.
When we got to the end of the bus ride, Krishna went to find a tuk tuk. We visited a local market while we were waiting. When Krishna found a tuk tuk, I sat in the front seat as we rode to the beach. Before we went to the beach, we went to get hair pins for some flowers the girls bought in the market. We also bought henna (henna is a type of tattoo ink), so that we could get henna tattoos later at the village.
At the beach we saw a fort right above the water. The fort was big and it had a temple inside. If it was low tide, you could walk out to it without getting wet. The guide also told us that there is a big festival here that attracts a million people.
Then we hopped back into the tuk tuk and set of to go to the village. On the way we stopped at a little village and tried to play cricket. It was fun, but hard to play cricket. A lot of the ladies were washing their clothes in the lake while we played cricket.
After this we went to another market where all the locals came to buy there food. We bought a watermelon and my Mum bought a bunch of glass multi-coloured bracelets.
Next we were off to the school where all the village kids went to school. There was sixty kids in each classroom and the classrooms were in very bad condition. The bathrooms were even worse. The doors were broken down and it was very smelly and dirty.
We also went to a brick-making place. They made bricks out of mud by hand. They did everything by hand. They very were poor. The whole family lived in one small mud hut. They also had lots of animals.
The best part of the tour was the village. It was very dusty and hot. One family invited us in to have lunch. Their house was very old. They also had chickens. The lunch was the best Indian food I had ever tasted. Then we cracked open the watermelon. The watermelon was the best and juiciest watermelon I ever had. I had one seventh of it.
Then the girls did henna. I tried it out too. It did not hurt and it stayed on my arm for a week.
When we left the house, we walked through the village past their local village temple. We went on a very slow and painful ox ride up the hill and out of the village.
And we ended up in another village that they called a tribal village. This village was very poor like the brick-making place. We weren’t there for very long. There was lots of kids and they all had old houses.
Then it was time to go back. We went one a one hour tuk tuk ride to the town. Then we had to take another one hour yuk tuk ride to get to the dock. The buses were all full, so we had no choice. From the dock we took an hour and a half boat to the Gateway Of India and that was the end of our day.