We awoke not only to a knock on the door, but also to loud blaring music. The first-year graduate students at the university were having a party up on the roof. I really don’t think anyone sleeps at this college!

After leaving for the airport at 4:30 am on Monday and jumping on an hour-and-a-half flight to Mumbai, we spent two hours in the van to drive to the hotel.

When we landed at the airport, my breath was taken away as I saw the rows and rows of slum villages that lined the outskirts of the airport.

The city is so busy – though I’ve never been to New York, I imagine this to be something like it. We started our time in Mumbai with a bus tour of the city. Everything is just go, go, go here in Mumbai. Again the traffic is super busy – it took us two hours to get from place to place.

We visited the hanging garden, which was originally a lake, but at one point in time vultures would drop bones in the lake and the water became disease-ridden. Because of the immense amount of disease in the water they decided to float land over the water, and now the lake after years is used as a reservoir by people living near by.

I’m just in complete shock at how different India is from the USA. Everything is just completely different. The way the shops line the street is just so foreign to me, but there is structure in the chaos.

Mumbai, when it was first a city, was called Mumbai, but then the name was changed to Bombay when the British colonized. Sometime after gaining their independence from Britain, the Indian government decided to change the city’s name back to Mumbai.

The bay surrounding the city is beautiful. I’m really going to enjoy this city, and I cannot wait to share my adventures with you!


A graduate student at SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute, Kat is participating in SMU-in-India during summer 2010. She and other SMU students are spending three weeks doing in-class coursework in Ahmedabad, as well as two weeks taking field trips. Read Kat’s blog.