Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 29, 2007

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

From Chennai we headed straight to Hampi for several days. This was quite a mission as it took us from 7 am until 10 pm to get there By train and dodgy buses and was the first time we realized how big India actually is.  The roads are very average but it was great to experience the fantastic the train system. We also started to notice the difference in culture between Western and Indian. At the bus station people would come right up, into our happy bubble and just stare, for very uncomfortable periods of time. We felt like we had to watch our stuff super closely and felt a bit like caged animals at a zoo. I wish you hadn't taught me not to stare mum; as I can't just stare back, I feel so rude!!!!! Hampi itself was an amazing place. It is a really small town in the middle of nowhere but has a very long history, with some of the temples and bazaars dating back to the 13th century. The town is also surrounded by an amazing array of boulders that look like they have just been placed where they lie, with many being as large as a house. We spent our time here looking at the various temples, bazaars and getting our first bindi's before checking out a pretty cool and extremely dangerous underground waterfall. We kept a safe distance between ourselves and the raging torrent of water especially after hearing about an unfortunate Israeli who fell in and passed away a year ago. Having had a good time here it was time to press on with our whirlwind tour of India and hit up the paradise known as Goa.
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