One Month Left in India
It’s hard to believe that I have been in India for 6 weeks. Probably harder for you than for me as I have not been doing proper updates on this blog. I keep telling myself to post something, but the days here are so lazy and I just don’t do it. ah well…
I thought I would take some time to talk about what my plans are for the foreseeable future. I have been camped out in Hampi for the last week. Hampi is an amazing little town in the middle of India. I heard that in the 14th century Hampi was one of the 5th largest cities in the world. Since that time the water table changed and Hampi is now a ghost town compared to what it was. But there are great ruins here, lots of rock climbing, and many, many hippies. Also a cool guesthouse called the Goan Corner which is where I am staying. I am paying 200 Rupees per night which is approximately $3 USD to sleep on a roof with only a mosquito net between me and the sky.
After spending two weeks in Anjuna I thought I would stay in Hampi only a couple days before moving on. Everyone who talked about Hampi said that it was possible to do everything in two days. What happened in Hampi is that a largish group of travellers started being lazy together and that made it a bit more challenging to get things done.
The combination of the larger group and the completely laid back vibe in Hampi has lead me to still be here after a whole week. The combination of the heat, attempting to organize anyone for activities, and the great times the group is having in the evenings has let not much getting done during the daytime. That includes taking a few days to gather everyone for the Temple Ruins day trip. We still have not organized to get to the Monkey Temple. Another side effect is that I have not been paying attention to what I will be doing in the future.
I’m not kidding when I say that I had planned to be gone from here two days ago. So this morning I took the time to struggle with the incredibly slow wifi and make some plans.
The plan is I will be going to Bangalore to spend a couple days taking more photos of that wonderful historic city. Then I am going to head up to Rajasthan. It’s just getting too hot down here in the south and I keep hearing about how nice it is there, how cheap it is, and how photogenic.
Tomorrow I do another sleeper bus trip for around 8 hours to get to Bangalore. I’m really not looking forward to that part, but I guess it’s a necissary evil in order to get my travels moving again. For the segment where I go up to Rajasthan I’m considering doing an epic Indian Train Ride. Considering they don’t announce the stops on the Trains in India i’m pretty confident that the train ride will end up with me stranded somewhere and sleeping on the streets. At least it’s warm here…
More updates to come when I have wifi again.