Well, it only took 14 months, but finally, someone I know came to India & spent a bit of time with me!! Martha Irwin, bless her, of all people!! Mags (as she’s affectionately known in 1604) was chatting to me a few months ago on Facebook or something like, and she was pretty incredulous that I was in India, so I said come & visit… and she did!!
So last Friday, Martha & her friend Pamela Kenwell arrived in Mumbai following a couple of, shall we say entertaining, weeks in India.
Mags turned up in Fivemiletown High School (it was a School in my day!!) to complete her ‘A’Levels when I was in Upper Sixth. So here she was, years later on my door step, looking like she’d crawled through the jungle to get here!! They’d arrived in Delhi, seen Agra, a couple of other spots I can’t remember, and Goa before making it to Mumbai.
Anyways, as they’d been doing India on the cheap, I decided we’d do Mumbai nicely. So most of the best restaurants and cafes were investigated, and I think they liked the flat… I got 5*’s on the Mags & Pam rating scale (which I think was reasonably objective… but you can’t be too sure, so I shouted most of the food, to ensure a win).
Not sure what the highlight was to be honest, as it was pretty good, but the low light was definately a fight which we witnessed at a Beach side cafe. A tall guy, looked like he’d caused a bit of trouble, and was being escorted out… well done we thought… until the ruckous came through from the back of the patio, and it transpired that he was receiving a kicking, and there was a knife involved. We got offside pretty quickly, thankfully.
Anyways, I got the girls on the plane safely in the end, and they bought me a fantastic throw for a leaving gift!! I’m going to get it mounted on the wall as it’s too ornate to use as a throw.
The downside to the whole episode of course, is that this morning, when I got up, the flat felt so quiet & empty after having some visitors… it was almost sad. Still, I hope they come back some day… and maybe a few new ones too… Chez Finbar is open for trade.