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We are leaving Hampi to visit friends from the US in Goa. We took the Tuk Tuk from Hampi to Hospet at 4:00 AM. Then we hopped the 8 hr train from Hospet to Madagon on the Goan coast. We took a prepaid taxi for 600 IR to Mira Mar section of Old Goa. We chose our hotel, the Swimsea Beach Resort, due to it's proximity to the Marriott Hotel n Miramar, …
... hand and attempting to hold onto rocks with the other after the local honey bees in lots of bars on route. When you eventually make it there and find out, yes it really is 700 rupees entry and heavily guarded at the gate, attempting to climb the fence will be foiled by spiky bushes and the guards on patrol who tell you off. Never mind the group scoffs, we’ll leave, then of course send a sneaky scout to the fence again (me) who gets told off a second time and to ...
... relatively quickly as we had the laptop on us, so just watched more episodes of Breaking Bad! When we arrived in Goa, we jumped in a taxi. Another man was going in the same direction as us, so asked if he could share our taxi, which was great as it saved us about £5 (that’s a lot in India!)
We stupidly hadn’t written down the name of our hostel, as we had assumed Anjuna would be similar to Varkala, where there’s just one main road with all ...
... westerners seated around a fire. Bolenath welcomed us with pieces of melon.
Bolenath had been hanging out under the banyan tree since 1972 and though possessing an Indian accent claimed to be English born, from Slough, with his parents now living in Leicester. He was good now at playing the role of guru of the banyan tree.
Two Indian men, also at the tree, seemed concerned about something. Bolenath reassured them that all was fine, and then the objects ...
Apparently, the purpose of the shrine is to hallow the place of a prior fatal accident. I’d like to hear locals explain that one.
“Isn’t that a road hazard?”
“No, it’s a shrine.”
“But doesn’t the shrine create a road hazard?”
“No. There already was one. That’s what led to ...