Given that it takes 1.5 hours to get to the interesting stuff in mumbai (each way) from the airport, I'm spending my 6 hour layover reading and blogging. Nice how that works out.
What I've noticed so far:
– This is the first place I've been *in the world* where middle/upper class people still primarily wear their country's traditional dress. Given I'm in the airport making a domestic transfer, I'm probably seeing the upper crust of Indian society. I'm surrounded by women in beautiful saris. (yes, it's amusing that I, a straight guy, am looking at the fabric instead of the wearer's body and face even though a lot of the women are very pretty) None of the men are wearing traditional Indian garb though... probably an artifact of the businessmen having to spend so much time interacting with other cultures. I suppose I'll see a lot more traditional garb in the middle east.
This airport is horribly disorganized. Horribly. Admittedly they're doing construction, but should the shuttle bus between the terminals (not connected in a walkable fashion) only come once an hour? Seriously.
– Gender roles are much more traditional in this part of the world. There was an ad saying, “book a flight during [some special period] and your wife flies for free. It's like a 1950s era Life Magazine ad.
– There are slums right next to the airport. The planes come within 300ft of them. I suppose it's my introduction to the startling income inequalities here. There's a company that does ethical slum tours (no photography allowed)... I'll probably do one.
- [travel] Airport people-watching and more