22:30 somewhere between Mumbai and Delhi. We are right now on a 15 hours train ride from Mumbai to Delhi sharing a six pleas open cabin with a really nice family from Afghanistan (the little 5 years old boy is haiving fun with Renata and I) and a grumpy Indian guy. I'm sleeping on the 3rd floor bed, Renata is on the 2nd floor while the Afghan mom is on the first one. Awesome ride!
Last friday we arrived in Mumbai. First test for our 7 months travel. Unfortunately we did not have any entepreuners to meet there, but we were there just for 2,5 days during the weekend, without having the correct preparation. In any case it was a good start! We had our first couch surfing experience with a very-nice-well-travelled guy working on investment bank. We also met with some couch surfers and started to get on the Indian ambiance, that I might say it is somewhat challenging for the beginning!
We visited some of the must do sight seeings in town, got a super crowded local train on Saturday morning, watch a soccer game (5x0 for Mumbai!!!) and a impressive Bolywood action movie, visited ancient caves and ate great Indian food all in company of those nice guys we met!
Mumbai is the commercial heart of India and also the biggest city in the country. For me, it felt like a mix of modern, poor, rich, multi-religious, old british like architecture and very busy place. All at the same time, at all times!
In a rising economy with high rates of middle class assemption, India seems to be investing better than Brazil did past years, putting up infrastructure on their cities and having lots of efforts on high level education. And it's a much bigger challenge to do that on an 1 billion people country than in a 200 million one. We, in Brazil, have something to learn with India for sure.
Another comment is that it's going to be very interesting to see how different cultures deal with growth and development. Will definitely put some more thought on that as the trip goes by!
Delhi waits! First entrepreneurs we will meet also! Really excited to see how Bagagem Lab will develop.