Juhu!

February 8, 2014 at 16:19

It’s Saturday night, and Marius and I are not out partying with the Mumbaikars. No, we’re in our pajamas in our hotel room watching Liverpool beating Arsenal five – one. After a full day exploring the Bandra and Juhu areas we have thrown in the towels for the night. Sure, we are getting used to the Indian sun, the massive crowds, the noises and the traffic, but we still find it tiresome at the end of the day, and especially at the end of a long week. We are still at our hotel waiting to move in to our apartment, and we are getting really tired of living in our suitcases. But hopefully and according to the plan we will be able to move in on Tuesday and finally get our own place. The Ramada Hotel has been a really good home for us the past two weeks, but now it’s time for us to move on.

The Pool at Ramada Hotel

The Pool at Ramada Hotel

Now that the weekend is here we thought it was about time to visit some of the other areas in Mumbai other than Powai, Vikhroli, Andheri and Malad, which are the only places we have been to since we came to Mumbai. Since we spent our time in south Mumbai the last time we visited the city, we decided to check out Bandra and Juhu. Bandra is a nice area with lots of nice stores, cafées and restaurants, and we spent our time here window shopping in Linking Road, eating ice cream and browsing the local markets. After a stroll in Bandras streets we took a rickshaw to Juhu beach, which was just so much more beautiful than I had imagined. I have been told it’s crowded and dirty, but it is actually a really nice beach with white sand and palm trees and a good atmosphere.

Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach

Of course, you won’t see any people in their bathing suits soaking up the sun, but you can enjoy the beach with your clothes on, which is not too bad either. Also, it’s not recommended to take a swim here because the water is so polluted. So don’t expect the typical tourist beach with water activities and topless sun bathing, but rather just enjoy the cricket matches, the flying kites, the sand and the view of the ocean.

Juhu Beach

Cricket game at Juhu Beach

It was just perfect to get some sun in our faces, wind in our hair and sand between our toes to get that good summer feeling we have been longing for the last few months in Norway before we came here.

Wearing way too hot, but appropriate clothes.

Wearing way too hot clothes for the occasion. 

After a stroll on the beach we went for some early dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Andheri. We hadn’t been to this one before, so we thought we had to try it out. After all, Marius and I have developed a kind of OCD with regards to visiting the Hard Rock Café in every city we go to. Marius had his much longed for burger and fries and I had my favorite HRC dish, sizzling fajitas.

A hungry and grumpy Marius before his dinner.

A hungry and grumpy Marius before his dinner.

On our way back to the hotel we had to ask our rickshaw driver to let us out before we reached our destination. Because just besides the hotel gates stood a pair of cattle tied to a wall on the streets. Obviously we had to go greet our new neighbors and take a picture of them.

New neighbours next to Ramada Hotel

New neighbors next to Ramada Hotel

They were so beautiful! And by the way, much friendlier than they look!

- Andrea