Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Down and almost out

Well, it finally happened. I got sick on this trip. It started in Junagadh when I wasn't feeling well and had to take a day off. Still wasn't feeling great when we got to the coast and the temple of Somnath, supposedly the spot where the universe was created. Nice, but heavily guarded, temple and we took it easy and drank coconuts on the little strip of sandy beach just outside the temple. It reminded me a lot of Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India actually. I don't know if it was a state-wide problem or just a regional one, but it was really hard to find toilet paper there. Impossible to find in Junagarh and only one store in Veraval/Somnath. No tissue paper either so we were on some pretty tight rations before we found that one store....
From Somnath we started yet another transport marathon, this time involving multiple trains and buses and a brief stop in Bombay (damn it's huge and busy). After 50 hrs we finally made it to Hampi, a small village 8 hrs east of Goa.
Hampi is Khao San rd. or Thamel in the bush. Tons of people come and stay here, often for a long time, and I don't blame them. It's beautiful here. Once the capital of the Vijayanagar empire (14-16th century), there are lots of ruins scattered about in the surrounding countryside. Countryside consisting of hills of huge boulders, banana plantations, palm trees, a little river and lots of "wildlife" including massive mosquitoes. The day after Alysha left us, I got really sick again. My best guess is Giardia and after a couple days stuck in bed I gave up and got on the heavy duty drugs. Now, feeling better, we are planning to finally head down to Gokarna beach tomorrow. It's a little south of, and a lot quieter than, Goa. We'll be there for a few days before picking up Paul from the Bombay airport on the 20th.


At 1:52 PM , Blogger Brittany Lee said...

HEY GUYS!!!! how r ya all? I liked the video of you guys going down the sand dune. it was awsome...it made me think I should do something silly like that. lol where are u headed next?

At 1:53 PM , Blogger Brittany Lee said...

happy valentines by the way! love you xx

At 11:25 PM , Anonymous Sandra said...

EEeeee...Bombay (Mumbai) ... My first night in India..Ummm...I still think the new domestic airport is the cleanest place in India. (Don't know if you guys get to see that.. you need ticket in order to get in, but you can see from outside!!!) For the fact that you guys will be there in Bombay airport soon, you can then imagine Sandra with her bags, surrounded by "tak tak" drivers... then sit on the street and .. (You guys remember what next right? Oh this happened in domestics airports!) ...OK .. Main point here is ... there are two arrival halls in international airport and there are 2 different domestic airports (old one for arrival and new one for departure... you can walk from one to the other outdoor!) ... ah... Glad that I did not give up that night and I am "immune" to "tak tak" drivers now!!!! Happy! :) ...
OK .. got to go...
Happy Valentine's Day!


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