The Gateway Hotel Old Port Rd Mangalore
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... dedication was in 2007. So it is new new new.
Bus loads of pilgrims arrived in their finest saris. There were also several hotels nearby which seemed to have been built solely for visiting pilgrims. We were apparently solidly on the pilgrims route.
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Jack Kerouac, The ...
Where do I start? After crawling into the bunk below Grant I became aware of the lack of space and air. I was now past the stage of worrying about rats crawling over me or even bothered by the stench of urine, vomit & faeces.....my own little demon right now, which had been festering since getting stuck in that tiny lift back in Amsterdam, was now paying me the old surprise visit. Knock Knock....Who's there? "Why it's only your old mate Claustrophobia and I'll be staying a while..." ...
... AC and people getting off and on the whole time? I'd heard that the view out the windows of sleeper class was better than in the more expensive trains, which have sealed and tinted windows. We'd be fine! After our good luck at the train station, we headed into Mangalore (in our private taxi which cost us 2400 rupees for a 3 hour drive...Almost 2000 rupees more than our 15 hour train the next day was going to cost!) Of course, in addition to not arranging our train in advance, ...
... groups of local 'tribal' (rather than Coorgi) people came to the plantation, to play music and dance wildy, before receiving alcohol and moving onto the next home. Apparently this is the one time in the year that this behaviour is permitted, and they keep going all night.Looked like fun anyhow.
At the moment we're in Mangalore, breaking up our journey to Mumbai. Tonight on the train, two nights in Mumbai, then... home! See you soon!
We had a 3hr wait in Mangalore to get the train to Canacona (Palolem Beach) Goa, wont be too bad were thinking. How wrong can you be. The station is like a sauna with an open sewer running through it. We have to get AC for the final 6 hr journey!! We que up up but this isn't a normal que people pushing in, trying our patience! finally get to the front of the que. "No AC here" the ticket ...