This blog chronicles my travels as a 2016-2017 Thomas J. Watson Fellow exploring cultural attitudes towards health technology around the world. Starting from and returning to New York City, USA, I am traveling to Sweden, Qatar, India, Singapore, Japan, and Botswana over the course of one year.
Last Goodbye to Mumbai
I wasn’t always so enthralled by Mumbai, but I found it hard to pack up and leave this past weekend. So much has happened since I first arrived in Mumbai on November 4th, including coming and going on various domestic trips – I’ve been to the Mumbai airport 12 times! I think I got used to coming back, though, and every time I returned to Mumbai it felt a little bit more familiar and a little bit more like home.
My favorites areas are downtown in the old area of Mumbai, now fashionably called “SoBo” (South Bombay), particularly the Fort and Churchgate areas. There’s lots of old buildings there, usually falling into the architectural category of Art Deco or Victorian. I figured as a last goodbye to Mumbai, I’d share some photos of the areas and the buildings there.
Though I surprised myself by being somewhat sad to leave Mumbai, that’s a good thing – it means that I developed some connection to it, and that it’s now time to leave. I’m happy with all that I got to see in India, and all the project meetings I had, so it’s definitely time to move on and do other things. But it’s funny; when you leave for the Watson and say goodbye to everyone you know, you head off into a year of new things and hellos. It’s easy to forget that this year will have a lot of goodbyes as well.