Kannur to Madgaon
Trip Start Nov 11, 2011
22Trip End Dec 03, 2011
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The train was a little delayed but once we were away the two hour journey went fairly quickly. A muslim guy joined us in our seats with all the usual questions, a nice enough lad. I chatted with him briefly about Islam as he was Muslim which prompted him to get his laptop out and show me lots of videos he had showing evidence of the prophet Allah's name being written into various things in Arabic... sheep, tomatoes, clouds in the sky... clear evidence for him of the existence of god. Next up he showed me a video of two giants which had been excavated, apparently in the Himilayas. Oddly (as this goes somewhat against the more extreme views on creationism) there were footprints of these giants next to dinosaur footprints, the giants prints being bigger? These I was told were the remains of the first people that lived? This was, I must admit, a new one one me...
A 2 hour wait in Mangalore station was passed in the waiting room eating Veg Biryani and reacquainting ourselves with the non-Vegas version of Blackjack. We'd bought cards to pass the time and agreed on this former college fave to pass the time... it did just that as I trounced Amy through most of the journey up towards the state of Goa.
Sat opposite were a very posh Indian couple from Mumbai. They were a bit older and later were joined by a newlywed couple who seemed to be from the same class of society. They referred to Mumbai as Bombay, spoke in posh Indian English accents and their conversation veered from designer labels, the quality of goods from Marks and Spencers, property to Indian Big Brother... Amy and I agreed they were contenders for the most shallow people we had encountered so far! :p
Arriving in Goa we were relieved to have finished our 10 hour journey and took a pre paid taxi (Rs 150) to the Hotel Tannish where we were booked. Ironically this garish hotel which looked like a casino come knocking shop not only brought us out of our Keralan utopia and made us realise we were somewhere far more commercial but it was also the most expensive place we'd stayed, (Rs 950, Rs 100 more than is says in the Lonely Planet, no doubt for the honour of being in there!), for the least amount of time (10 hours) with the most amount of paperwork for checking in.
You win some you lose some we thought and hit the hay for another days travel the next morning to get to Hampi...