Mumbai booked! And other travel plans
|Note to self: pack robot|
Kolkata is a trip mainly geared around my family history interests – my great-grandmother was from that city. Mumbai is pure pleasure; ever since I found out it’s ridiculously well-supplied with art deco buildings (only Miami has more) I’ve wanted to see them for myself. In India, where the temples are often richly adorned, there already existed a love of figurative sculpture, and so that element of deco get expressed there. (Shanghai, by contrast, is another city rich in deco, but there the Confucian approach led to a more geometrical, abstract style.) Mr Robot bought me a cookbook by Cyrus Todiwalla for Christmas and that’s only increased my keenness to go there. We plan to eat lots of kathi rolls in Kolkata and frankies in Mumbai – purely for research purposes, you understand.
We’ve still got this year’s holiday to finish sorting out too – that’s to Spain, and we’re waiting for the trains to be bookable. Unlike here in Britain, you can’t get on Spain’s long-distance fast trains if you don’t have a seat booked, so it’s best to book well in advance. We discovered that the first time we went to Toledo and tried to buy our tickets on the day of travel. We did reach Toledo, but we had to wait several hours. This year we’re visiting Zaragoza, and I’m really not sure what to expect from that. It seems more low-key than a lot of the places we’ve visited in Spain, but we like Spain, and simply being there will be good enough. We’re also spending time in Madrid, so I can drink in one of Hemingway and Laurie Lee’s favourite bars, and take a day trip out to El Escorial, which I’ve been banging on to the Mr about for years.
The Urchins are going for a stay at the Cat Hotel while we’re away, but don’t tell them that...