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Jul 19, 2005 - Hubli to Hospet to Hampi

I'm tiring of the larger towns. Mangalore is off the list. For me, they are less cities and places of civilisation that an agglomeration of ordure. Without exception, the large Indian town is polluted. For the time being, I'm down-sizing (now there's a term I loathe). Time to see Hampi, sine qua non, I am yet to come of age as a backpacker. My third visit to the subcontinent and I am still yet to visit the seat of the former Vijayanagar kingdom, the last great Hindu empire and mythical home to Hanuman, a major player in the...

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Jul 18, 2005 - A lack of taste

I had planned to visit Kochi and Kozhikode in Kerala, but despairing of a long wait at the station, I boarded the bus to Mysore. This city is the site of a particularly over-the-top palace. The Maharajah had it built in the first years of the twentieth century. Designed by an Englishman. Constructed with materials imported from across the planet. It may well be the epitome of European opulence combined with the boldest of Indo-Saracenic. It's bizarre. It's tacky. The exterior is a riot of arches, turrets, covered walkways. The interiors of...

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Jun 21, 2005 - Adrian: BA BA.......BA BA BADADADA BA BA!!

After several hours on the road we now find ourselves at Sai Bubba's ashram in Puttiparti (aka middle of nowhere!!!) lots of stuff going on here but i think its time for it to go. The teachings are still based around control and fear and the total seperation of the sexes. A few examples 1.women must not walk outside without a scaf????? WTF 2.women serve do everything that involves the food i.e. cooking, cleaning, preparing, 3.men and women must eat at opposite ends of the halls 4.Sai devotees must not make friends with other...

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MADISH 2005

Jun 19, 2005 - Adrian: To be or not to be that is the question

Time to leave Sri Lanka, it just so happens that instead of having confirmed seats we are waitlisted..... checked with our travel agent and the next available flight is 2 weeks away ........... thanks but no thanks. With much thanks to my uncle Ryan and his Wife's inside airline contacts we found out that there was every chance of getting a seat if we waited at the checkin counter. 2 hours of waiting at the airport with no seats paid off as we waved goodbye to Sri Lanka and hello to India.....

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Jun 4, 2005 - Waiting for Amy.

Mel's travelling companion Amy is still in Bangalore with a chap named Tom. She should have been here by now. Mel arrived and hadn't got an email from Amy. They're both late in fact. Mel missed the first 17 minutes of the Hampi Premier of Star Wars Three/Six. I was the only guest in attendance at Princes Restaurant. The quality of the DVD was appalling. A counter at the top of the screen clocked the movie as it ran. Between the noisy dialogue and the hilariously inaccurate Indian subtitles it was difficult to work out what was going...

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May 28, 2005 - Oh, am Mysore

The first of seven stops is one of Mysore's seven palaces, the Art Gallery. More of a museum than a gallery. Places like this seem to scam me by charging a small entry fee and then including something so ridiculously lame that I can't resist taking a photo of it, then they charge me Rs10 for using my camera. These people took my camera off me at the door, I suppose I should be thankful. Stop two, an unscheduled visit to a silk shop at a hotel. Stop three, the Temple and the Bull (third largest nandi in India, it's nice, but it's just not...

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May 16, 2005 - Natalie Portman is crap

There's money in Bangalore. A thriving metropolis in the south of the country, this place is home to India's IT industry and feels like a boomtown. With a population of about six million, all out on the street at any given time, the difference to other major cities is striking. I stayed in the area near the bus stands, railway station, and city market - you're always bound to see a lot more in these parts of any town. The Volga restaurant was across the road from my hotel, though I searched in vain on the menu and walls for a hint of...

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May 10, 2005 - Bangalore

I felt terrified. I landed at 10pm with no room booking (but it's low season, and the rooms are pretty cheap). I was lacking hours of sleep and after reading the guide book I was preparing myself for chaos and con-men. I was steeling myself, hoping to keep my patient and cheerful mood for as long as I could, but I didn't trust anybody. I got in the cab. I wasn't very good a lying about being an experienced traveller, and he wasn't very good at lying about knowing where we were going. We were both new at this. The things I have heard about,...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Hampi: Temples, Coach hell, and Breathtaking Landscapes

In Hampi now - seen a load more fantastic temples in a weird boulder strewn red landscape a little reminiscent of the landscape R2D2 and C3PO are lost in after crashing in Star Wars! (sorry my Star Wars trivia isn't good enough, Rigby, to remember the name of the planet) - seen some simply beautiful and unique sunsets over the last few days. Anyway, we got here after a 14 hour 'sleeper' bus journey - obviously no sleep was had as we had approximately 3 square inches to bed down in, and all of the roads were being resurfaced. This led to Lou...

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Feb 28, 2005 - Mom is gone :(

Hello every body, sorry it has been a while, a lot of stuff has been going on!! any who, we left a new family behind in alleppey, our friends we met there were incredibly nice but a little overbearing at times. back to mumbai to meet up with my mom, sister whitney, and aunt rachel. it was a good reunion, some tears shed and then we turn around to start yelling back and forth for to a taxi driver about prices, welcome to india. Mom treated us good, she put us up in a 5 star eco hotel, so sweet. we hung out there for two days, did some...

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Feb 25, 2005 - India - Karnataka - Mysore

Namaste!!! Two buses again, one to Channarayapatna and one to Mysore. We've spent two days in Mysore now and it's quite a city. It's not as beautiful and they say and the whole place is quite dirty and smelly, but there is definitely something about this city that makes it distinct. Our first afternoon was cultural. We went to the Maharaja's Palace, a huge Indo-Saracenic palace set in the very middle of the city. It was very impressive both from the outside and the inside, full of ostentacious mirrors, gaudy colours, inspiring carved wooden...

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Feb 22, 2005 - India - Karnataka - Belur

Namaste!!! So we left Gokarna and believe me when I say that it was hard, not only because it was a heaven, but also because there were no boats to leave the place (not even the following day), so we decided to climb up and down the mountain to Gokarna with our rug-sacks on our backs. It was hard, but we managed and we finally got to the bus station, where we were told that we needed to take three buses in order to get to Belur. First, one to Kumta and then another one to Arsikere and, from there, to Belur. As it happens, the one from Kumta...

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