Today was the day! After a year of waiting, I was finally stood at my front door worrying if I had packed everything that I needed! It was 4 30am and I was waiting for my mate to pick me up. The nerves started to kick in and the butterfly's in my stomach were going ten to the dozen! The realisation that I was going to be away for 17 weeks by myself had finally hit home! He arrived, and as I sat in the front of his car checking my bag the whole way down the m11, I finally started to turn my nervous energy into excitement! The whole car journey was a bit of a blur as I was awake one minute and asleep the next! Before I knew it I was getting my backpack out of his boot and seeing the tail lights drive off into the manic Heathrow traffic! There was no going back now! I checked myself in and headed towards the departure lounge! Everyone on the flight was Indian par 3 people and myself. I was sat there thinking to myself "is this really such a good idea"! We boarded the plane and it was half empty so I had a whole row to myself which was good! As we were taxing for take off the nerves all of a sudden reappeared, and I just said to myself "it's too late now"! I sat back and watched a few films before falling asleep. I was awakened by the sound of the pilot telling us we were 30 minutes from Mumbai! We landed and as soon as I got off the plane the heat and smell hit me. It took my breath away! I had been warned about this before I came to Mumbai but I didn't realise it would be so bad! As I left the airport in a pre paid taxi I was starting to worry as the driver only knew where the area was and not my hotel. After 20 minutes we arrived at Khar West, the area which I was saying. I said to the taxi driver to just stop here and I would find it myself as he didn't seem very helpful. Luckily I found a night time sercutity guard for the local train station and he pointed me in the right direction. It is was 2am local time and I didn't fancy a trek round the Mumbai suburbs alone! I found my hotel and checked in. The first thing I asked was do you have wifi? The man behind the desk said yes and typed the password into my phone. It wasn't connecting! I was like "great", the one thing I needed most to let friends and family know I had arrived safe and it wasn't working! I just hoped this wasn't the start of bad things to come! I gave up trying and headed up to my dormitory which already had 7 people sleeping. I got out my sleeping bag and turned in for the night. I laid there with the thoughts of what I was going to do tomorrow, and with the hope of the wifi working I drifted off to sleep.