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Visiting Homes and Sleeper train

Started the day with a yummy buffet brekast before meeting up with the JMM staff at the front desk. Davidjar is the Project manager and Angelica a Russian born German who looks and sounds Indian met up with us. We squeezed in van to drive 2 ½ hours to their hospital & HIV children's home project. Parts of the drive reminded me a lot about Nepal. Little villages with small painted brick homes, stores, tuk tuks, always lots of men way more visible than women & people walking or sitting on roads in the middle of nowhere.

First we visited their hospital.

Their projects were so well set up and when we arrived the home were met by all the children lined up – the girl looked beautiful in their brightly coloured traditional clothes & flowers in their hair. We had fragrant leis of flowers placed around our necks and then petals thrown all over us by the cute cheeky boys. The layout of their custom built home was very nice. We stayed for morning tea with the staff & then headed back. This drive would have to be up there with one of my worst car trips. I couldn’t keep awake and with the jerky driving my head was snapped back and forwards so many times that I got a head ache and started to feel car sick. Also up there with terrifying overtaking. At one stage we were overtaking a truck & there was another truck coming towards it and we seriously missed death by centimetres

Back in town we went to the JMM South East Asian headquarters which looked very like the one one St Louis USA. We met u[p with the director Scott and chatted about what they are doing, had a tour and an Indian lunch in their staffroom.

It was 5pm when left their office for them to drop us at the train station for our 8.40pm train to Mumbai. We drove for an hour through city through incredible traffic & crazy intersections crossings and over takings. The driver dropped us off the station and when we couldn’t find our train listed on the platforms board I went to the counter to show them my ticket and they said we were at e wrong counter!!! The worker at the ticket counter suggested we catch a local train to Hyderabad Decan, so I bought a ticket for 20 rupees for the 4 of us (about 40c). A kind man walked us to the platform we were leaving from. A train pulled in that was full of mostly men spilling out of windows and doors but on asking we were told that was not ours. A scuffle started right next to us which we thought may have been diversion fight to steal from us but it was nothing. Just then Leigh received a call from Leela at JMM to say that the driver was coming back for us and to meet him out the front and he would drive us another 30 minutes to the correct station!!!

More crazy traffic and then we arrived there by 7.15pm. Paid 20 rupees to sit in the AC waiting room rather than the platform. Thstation was not a scrowdwde as I was expecting. WE stocked dup on snacks foe the next 18 hours chips, water, and biscuits – enough to cover dinner, breakfast and lunch

We had read that we need to identify where on the platform our carriage would be and we couldn’t even see anywhere confirming what platform we could be on, apart from checking with people (not as many people spoke English here as in Goa. ) When an announcement was made and lots of people got up we followed, and along the platform now were lit up signs saying which carriage stopped where and also our train number!

We had a 2nd class AC sleeper which cost 1355 rupees each ( about $25 for a 16 hour tran ride)Our sleeper had one side of the carriage was 2 seats opposite each other and bunks above and he other side of the aisle has and 2 seats which folded into a bed bunk above. Each bunk & area could be curtained off. Unfortunately we didn’t have seats opposite each other, ca onductor came around with wrapped up packets of clean sheethand a pillow was on each bed. All very basic but clean. Had some chocolate & chips for dinner and went to sleep about 9.30pm

Mitch towering over this lady at JMM hospital

Mitch towering over this lady at JMM hospital


Hand of Hope Hospital

Hand of Hope Hospital


Hospital we visited

Hospital we visited


Welcome at children home with flowers

Welcome at children home with flowers


Mitch by road  with colourful truck

Mitch by road with colourful truck


Colourful truck

Colourful truck


Lady outside hospital

Lady outside hospital


Lunch at JMM headquarters

Lunch at JMM headquarters


Outside JMM headquarters

Outside JMM headquarters


Wrong station in Hyderabad

Wrong station in Hyderabad


Leigh trying to hide in the  AC lounge

Leigh trying to hide in the AC lounge


Mitch and Leigh

Mitch and Leigh


On the train with nephew Mitch

On the train with nephew Mitch


Mitch pulling faces

Mitch pulling faces


Leigh and Kerryn

Leigh and Kerryn


Sleeper train when all the curtains are closed

Sleeper train when all the curtains are closed


A couple off guys hanging off the train

A couple off guys hanging off the train


Leigh in the sleeper

Leigh in the sleeper


Kerryn peeking out

Kerryn peeking out


Me on my bunk

Me on my bunk


Kerryn on her top bunk

Kerryn on her top bunk


Train toilet

Train toilet


Leigh in the corridor

Leigh in the corridor


A guy eating by the train door

A guy eating by the train door


Family in another carriage

Family in another carriage


No harassing women sign

No harassing women sign


Family in another carriage

Family in another carriage


Leigh and Mitch's bunks

Leigh and Mitch's bunks


Leigh and Mitch's bunks

Leigh and Mitch's bunks

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in India

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