Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Hilton Mumbai International Hotel (Mumbai, India)

I had problems staying asleep last night but finally got in a few good hours of sleep. I was up at 6:30 and went to the executive lounge for breakfast. While there I talked to one of the attendants working in the lounge and found out that he is taking classes in hotel hospitality and is looking forward to a career in hotel management. Good for him!

I went back to my room and got in a good nap before waking up and figuring out what to visit today. I found a nearby ashram that looked interesting. I’ve now learned when ordering a ride to find someone at the front desk to assist me in planning my trip, then they will inform the person who oversees guest transportation needs who then explains to the taxi driver. After 10 minutes or so I was on my way.

We stopped by a ATM to get money (I don’t carry very much cash with me) and the first bank that we went to accepted my U.S. Visa card. Nice! Then arrived at the ashram within 15 minutes. Only one delay in traffic along the way.

The ashram was virtually deserted and I walked around taking pictures of the various Hindu gods that were placed around the ashram. This site was known for having many statues representing some of the over 900 gods in the Hindu religion. I found out from the driver that this ashram is for seniors (like myself) and perhaps it isn’t visited much in the afternoon. We returned back to the hotel and that was all for today. Think I’m getting the hang of successfully getting around the city.

For lunch I ordered minestrone soup again because it was so good yesterday. And it was equally good today. The evening snacks served in the executive lounge was excellent again tonight as well. The staff there now know who I am and call me by name, which is a nice touch. Now wondering if I’m famous or infamous.

Again, I ordered Mushroom soup tonight and enjoyed with my episodes of Star Trek. I received a text from Kannan who will pick me up at 10:00 tomorrow morning. Looking forward to seeing more of this country.

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