India

Sorry I’ve been a little mia for the last two weeks. Last week S and I arrived in India (and we haven’t had access to the internet until yesterday) and the week before that I was preparing for our holiday (We’re visiting three cities in India and then three cities in the Far East). I have two cousins getting married and two cousins performing a sacred thread ceremony (more on that another time). Anyhoo, as exciting as it sounds, it’s also stressful. I’m a tad fanatical when it comes to what S eats when we travel and so I spent the week before we left making lists of everything I needed to buy and bring with me. I was also a little stressed because we were taking a day flight and given that S is constantly on his feet (a ball of energy as my friend M calls him), I wasn’t sure how we’d get through the 9 hours. But it was all in vain (and thankfully so!). S was great on the flight. He charmed the pants off the air hostesses, he played hide and seek with them, he ate, he napped, he played with his toys and he watched bits of the movie Cars. I didn’t even have to bring out my Ipad once!!! 😀

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And then we landed in India….oh Mumbai, why do you have to make life so difficult? I’m all for security and what not but in Mumbai airport it just doesn’t make sense! When we got off, we were told we couldn’t get our stroller at the gate (even though the guy in London said we would). Why? Because they need to be scanned by customs in India. Okay I thought, S napped on the flight so he can walk to security and to the baggage hall. We get through security, into the baggage hall and our bags are out in 5 minutes (hallelujah!!) Not so quickly…the car seat comes out but the stroller is no where to be found. I go up to speak to one of the airline representatives and she tells me there’s a delay and everyone’s strollers are on the way. It’s 11:45pm, it’s hot, children are tired so parents are carrying them. Everyone is starting to get really frustrated!

Now we’re lucky, we came in from London where it is 7:15pm so S is not overtired but his bedtime is fast approaching and at this stage he’s starting to get cranky. And like me, he doesn’t handle the heat well. Half an hour passes and the strollers still aren’t out. They finally come through almost an hour later and we start heading to the Green Channel (nothing to declare) but not before we queue up to have our bags scanned. This is my issue with the whole scenario!! If you’re going to scan the bags and strollers before we leave the arrivals hall then why couldn’t we have got the stroller at the gate. But you know what, after feeling frustrated for about 10 minutes, I came to terms with the fact that logic just doesn’t exist here (and the next few days demonstrated that even further…but that’s another story!) It’s just such a pity because Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport has been transformed. After years of renovation and construction, they have a beautiful terminal building but scratch beneath the surface and nothings really changed. It would have been nice when modernising their airport to make arrivals more comfortable, they modernised their procedures as well.

There is however lots India has to offer and more importantly S and I are spending lots of time with family. There’s always a silver lining somewhere 🙂

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