Hello!! Back with another update and almost caught up!
After Mysuru we took an overnight train to Hampi. This time we were in a compartment with a toddler. He was very cute but at 3am, let’s just say, he was not my favourite. The couple was so nice though, it was really nice to chat with them!
We took the bus from Hosapete (where the train stops) into Hampi but to get to the bus station it was a 15 minute walk, or so, with our big packs on. The big packs are a total magnet for tuk-tuk drivers and Luke continued to hone his skills at fending them off. My favourite conversation went something like this:
Tuk-Tuk Driver: Hello! You need tuk-tuk?!
Luke Harvey: No thanks! We take the bus!
TTD: Where you go? You need tuk-tuk?
LH: We’re taking the bus!
TTD: What’s your name? (this is where they change tactics to draw you in)
LH: What’s your name? (highly unusual, expert level response)
TTD: (replies with his name). What’s your name?
LH: My name’s… I’m Taking the Bus!
TTD: Ha! (eventually drives away)
When we got to Hampi it was a bit of a surprise I thought! It’s so gorgeous! It’s the remains of a very large and prosperous town that was destroyed in the 1500s. The ruins are beautiful and the whole area is filled with giant red boulders. At times we thought it looked like a Jurassic Park amusement park, but real!
Leaving Hampi we caught our favourite mode of transportation (not)… another overnight train! This time to Goa. Somehow this seemed like the worst train yet, still totally manageable, but we were exhausted getting off. We decided to get a taxi from the station into Palolem where we were able to leave our bags at our hotel and then walk around until the restaurants started to open for breakfast.
And that’s where we are now!
We’ll have been in Palolem, a little town in South Goa, for almost a week by the time we leave for Mumbai and it’s been so great. It’s a big enough town that there are lots of cute little restaurants but it is sooooo relaxed here. I don’t know what it is. I think for me at least it’s the fact that no one seems to mind if western women wear their normal clothes so I don’t get any stares at all. We also barely get hassled, it’s been so nice.
What I didn’t realize, and I hope I have it right, was that until about 1960 Goa was not officially part of India as it was “owned” by the Portugese for 450 years. Either way, it seems to have very much its own feeling and culture. Very laid back and more open minded than some other areas of India.
It’s been nice to be in one place for a little while. Luke’s been able to catch up on some work and I’ve been drawing more and doing my own yoga practice. We’ve also explored some of the other little towns and beaches along the coast. We are soaking up the chill time now as we understand Mumbai will be pretty full on! We’ll have a couple days there before our flight to Nepal!