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Hampi

Written on: Tuesday November 11th, 2008

A journal entry from: July 08 - Jan 09

Finally got on the (bone-jarring) road on the anachronistic 'sleeper' bus from Panjim. Choosing a sleeper place on the bus entitled you to half of a double bed, the other half would be occupied by a stranger if you were travelling alone. I went for a seat. The bus was packed, and stopped a couple of times at restaurants that they were obviously getting a commision from for sales to those on board. The 30 minute stop for breakfast 20 minutes away from our desitination was particularly unnecessary.

Hampi is extremely varied and quite unique. Home to over 500,000 people in the 16th century and the birthplace of at least one deity, there are over 500 sites in the boulder strewn landscape, most of which are in a state of complete disrepair.

I shared a room with Gerold, who I met on the bus, and we met up with Sabine and Anja at our hotel. I also made a nemisis in the self-styled 14 year old (although he claims to be 18) 'James Bond' rickshaw driver, when I argued against a price that he was offering to Sabine and Anja. We did end up getting the driver for 2/3 of the price from another driver.