we spent much of the weekend preparing for the trip. we picked up our rupees, which we had ordered last Monday from the bank, because banks give a better exchange rate. we wish we had requested smaller bills, because they gave us only 500 and 1,000 rupee bills, which isn’t really what you want to flash around when paying for taxis, etc. i think we will see if the hotel will swap us for some smaller bills once we check in. we also (on my MIL’s suggestion) made a wee little chart for each of us, so we could easily see the conversion (it just lists how much 1, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 rupees are in CAD at a glance); we will carry these around so we can figure out if something is a good price. the other thing we always do when travelling, is split the money in half and each carry half, in case one of our pockets get picked (this was a major worry in Italy), then at least we have half left.
the funny thing about the trip, is that we are packing almost more for the travelling time than for the Mumbai time. i don’t mean more in space or weight, but we need more things for the travelling, because we will be on the plane or in transit more than we will actually be in Mumbai i think. so we need some things to entertain ourselves and some comforts. in actuality, we are only taking one suitcase between the two of us, and then each a carry on bag of necessities. this worries me a little bit, because normally when we travel we take two suitcases, and split our stuff into each, so in case one of our suitcases gets lost, we still each have half of our clothing. we thought of this on a cruise, when we saw these funny sets of basic clothing for sale in the gift shop, for people who’s luggage had gotten lost and not found before the cruise embarked. for about $100/US you got a pair of socks, pants, a shirt, and a pair of underwear and a pair of shoes. they were all black and white, so you would look like a waiter, but still, at least you weren’t nekkid. my nightmare is losing our luggage; so far, so good… knocking on wood now!
we have the cats all set up to live without us for the week, with their “uncle” to come take care of them a couple of times per day, so that’s good. tomorrow after work i will do things like order the taxi (we leave pretty much in the middle of the night tomorrow, so it’s good to have it booked), do online check-in (i tried already, but it’s too early), and do the final packing.
this may (or may not) be the last post before we leave…