Today we decided to take a train that started in Mumbai but took us to Agra, Beijing, Pisa, Rio and Rome all in the span of a few hours. Unfortunately it was not as exciting as we imagined and so i decided to document most of the journey on my phone, which as it turned out was a very liberating experience. Point and shoot and absolutely no post processing required.
A long excursion from Mumbai often starts inside a train
The start of our excursion was no different – on the Virar local. Seating was improvised at ones own risk
A few intrepid women braved the insanity of these sardine-can-like compartments (rather than the more civilsed ladies compartments) so they could travel with their loved ones
The train journey was an adventure as always. And we were excited by our impending travel around the world
With visions of Rio and Pisa we found ourselves getting off at Mira Road which felt like it was pretty far from town, but it certainly didn’t seem like we had travelled out of the country. Although parts of this place did seem different with its rare open (unconstructed) spaces
But then other parts were exactly what you would expect in Mumbai. OK so we clearly had not left Mumbai.
Maybe that was part of the fantasy. We arrived at our destination where we were promised loads of fun and a “wonders of the world” tour.
They were right in the fun department – well at least for some people there; people much younger than us
And a few older ones too
The bum seats were funny but a bit awkward to shoot from a closer distance
And then we were off on our world tour – starting with the Colosseum
The Great Wall of China
The Taj Mahal
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
And Christ the Redeemer
We did 5 or 6 countries in an underwhelming 8 minutes
And then we jumped right back on the train
A section of the station where I got off was eerily deserted for 6:30 in the evening.
The journey was a bit of a disappointment but I had something to look forward to when I got home…
… a million dollar smile!