Lunchex.co has come a long way in the past months growing to a network of over 100 users from over 15 different countries. The dream of connecting incoming travellers to locals over a meal date is growing.
It’s from personal experience that I say; one good thing leads to another. My Vietnamese friend Dang especially altered his route to meet me in Mumbai as he travels across India for a month. We had planned to meet post lunch and I promised to show him around Bombay, my city.
Dang had brought along Marina from Germany & Nadya from Indonesia, who he met at the hostel. Two is company and three is a party I thought and we marched off to explore the city.
A few steps into the march, we took a pit stop at the nearest general store where Stan from Slovakia, the final member of the gang joined in for what turned out to be an epic evening of talks, good food and drinks.
Even if you are from Mumbai, there’s a good chance you may have not visited the Defense Colony and the Afghan Church. I decided to take the lot there to experience a little known side of Mumbai. The pace of life is a bit different there and the cleanliness is an amazing contrast to rest of the city. They had a bit of luck and got to try their hand at the game of cricket, which is arguably one of the most popular games in India.
We hopped on to a bus again and got off near Regal Cinema. It was time to get down and messy with street food. The first thing we chowed down was Pani-Puri. I have to say these guys had built up some good resistance to chilies and spicy food. Stan’s insatiable appetite lead him to try out the typical Bombay Toasted sandwich.
It was about 4pm and that was the perfect time for some ‘Bun maska chai’ at Kayani. I think they really found the Kayani environment interesting, especially the ‘house rules’ of not lingering around over the food once the order has been delivered.
Bellies full, we headed to the Chowpatty Beach in Girgaon. The beaches in Mumbai aren’t the sort of beaches you’ll find in Goa. It’s not a place to sunbath in swimming trunks, instead it is a place to sit, relax, breath in the city and soak in the day that passed by.
After spending some quality time by the beach, we headed back to Colaba for a delicious South Indian & Indo –Chinese feast at the Sahakari Bhandar Restaurant. Nadya tried some Medu Wada while Marina, Stan and Dang hogged on some spicy Indian Chinese food!
We ended the day with some warmth inducing Old Monk. In India, if you ever plan on having good local rum it’s got to be Old Monk.
Salvation Army, the hostel Dang was staying at, has a 12 a.m. deadline, which sadly forced all of us to rush back in a hurry. It was a wonderful experience spending time with these guys and listening to their stories.
On my way back home, I almost felt as if I had taken a tour around Germany, Slovakia, Indonesia and Vietnam through their stories. This was indeed an amazing #Lunchex experience.
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P.S: Thank you so much for this AMAZING diary Dang!