5 Nation Lunchex in Mumbai

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.

The Lunchex Gang
L to R: Nadya, Marina, Stan, Dang

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.

Afghan-Church, Bombay
Image by Nichalp

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.

Kayani Mumbai
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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.

Would you share a meal with an incoming traveller to your city? Try it out at www.lunchex.co, I’m sure you wont be disappointed.

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P.S: Thank you so much for this AMAZING diary Dang!

10 signs you are addicted to travel

10 Signs You Are Addicted To Travel

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer!

Sometimes though, you want to have too much of a good thing.

Here are 10 signs you are addicted to travel –

Planning trips excites you more than anything

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You always check up on airfares

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You greet airport security like long lost brothers

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You pack like a ninja

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You make travel plans with multiple friends

travel plans with multiple friends

You get restless if you don’t travel for a long duration

Fight Sadness with travel

You get excited when someone shares their travel plans with you

shares travel plans with you

You fight sadness by planning a trip

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Your mobile wallpaper or theme is travel related

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You run a travel blog.

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EXTRA: You spend all your saving on travel venture. Yup, I just did that!

When travel and I had love children

The feeling of ‘I belong’-

Ever experienced the feeling of belonging? I’m talking about that moment when your actions feel just right.  I had that feeling whenever I was traveling. I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled across the length and breadth of India. Ever since I was little kid I have travelled to new places every time I had a vacation from school. Those trips where often long hauls spanning across 10-15 days in various parts of the country.

Growing up –

Growing up sucks. Indian kids are spoilt brats and entering the work force is a rude shock to most young kids. We tide through though and the system grooms us into hard working people for whom office hours means anytime you aren’t in bed. I grew up fine, but there was something within me that was waiting to get out. Going out on a short trip after 1.5 years of non-stop work shook me up and made me realise that to continue the intensive corporate life I would have to travel from time to time, hoping to keep my sanity.

The Snowball Effect –

First Love Child

Twitter

When I returned from the little weekend trip I decided that I would start writing about my previous travels while doing trips whenever possible. That’s when Traveling Curiously was born. At first only a humble wordpress blog, I was inspired to move to a self-hosted website after interacting with many like-minded people on Facebook. Slowly I got into the groove of writing regularly for the blog and interacting with super enthusiastic travel bloggers like me.

Second Love Child

Lunchex.co
The logo for Lunchex.co

If you’ve ever talked with anyone working in the advertising industry they’ll surely tell you that a big idea just clicks and the rest of the campaign is just a simple derivation of that big thought. It flows naturally. Let’s just say I had a similar kind of experience. Lunchex.co was born out of the blue. Nope, I didn’t plan that one.

My vision for Lunchex is very simple. I hope to build a massive online community of people who believe travel is about experiencing, preserving and sharing cultures and cuisines. It’s been about 9 months (coincidence?) and now I am actually launching a private beta which is invitation only. It’s been an enriching journey with Lunchex and I realise that there is so much to learn even on a medium that I call my own.

I had some really awesome people who helped me build the website and one heck of a boss at work who supported my detours and was super lenient with leaves.

The future

Both of these projects are very close to my heart, they are after all my love children.  I hope to run both the properties while doing a full time job. The goal is do something that benefits people across boundaries and cultures and I’m just getting started.

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