MAYBE THIS AND MAYBE THAT - Thursday Morning
I am working on my newsletter. I am also working with a lady to make some bags to sell.
She commented last night,
“You not normal traveler.”
“You come Hampi, read book, walk around, but not look Hampi.”
She speaks a short version of English and I am adept at understanding, but she is saying that I came to Hampi and I want to read the brochure on Hampi before I go look at the sights. Plus I also read a regular book, talk with her, and do anything but run around looking at the archeology sites… Hmm Site or Sights?
There are 2 normal things to do in Hampi.
1. Sit around and eat, drink and smoke.
2. Walk around and look at the site.
The venders would like number 3 and that is to buy things.
This is 70 percent a wham, bam, thank you mam place. 70 percent of the travelers are here for 2 days. This is good for me, because the other 30 percent are sane or closer to sane. Some are just hippies looking for the spot where they can be hippies, so drugs, or hip out in the most unconventional way possible.
But Hampi is a wonderful place and very happy people. Lots of vendors that drive me a little crazy, but they respect me now, and do not bug me. If they start on the sales pitch I just walk away. I almost have all of them trained. This place is small and easy.
Note, I think the actual site may be better than Machu Picchu in Peru. Not Tikal in Guatemala. That is the king of sites so far for me. I want now to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia and there is one in Burma that is supposed to be good. I am sure China has the great wall and such.
To me the wonder comes by the age of the site. If built B.C. then it is very old. But it also for me has to do with engineering or art.
This is both engineering and an art exhibit.
Tikal is a feat of Engineering and very old.
Machu Picchu is mostly a lot of rocks. Smaller rock, while Tikal has mammoth rocks and up very high in the air on top of the temple. There is a difference between moving a big rock on a low level and getting that rock up to a high level.
But the carvings and 2 or 3 of the temples here are very tall, but lots of Buddhist and Hindu temples are very similar in height. I do suppose the setting in among these huge round rocks and the river makes the whole area wonderful. This is the same for Machu Picchu. The sensory thing is very beautiful and extraordinary, but the actual archeology site is pretty average.
A SAD SIGHT
I watched an older woman and maybe her son go behind a tree at the bus stop to urinate. The woman was very old and could barely walk, and her son was assisting and trying to help. Half the world must use this squat toilet and I consider it disgusting and a world health problem, but then what can I do, but the toilet lends itself to the question,
“How do really old people squat and use the toilet?”
I found one answer in a sad way. The do not, the man pulled up the ladies long beautiful skirt and the lady stood upright and started to urinate. I was too far away to see if it was also number 2, but when she was done he pulled the dress down and she walked away. I am positive she had urine all over her legs.
Every time I hear some Western person defend these toilets like they are some form of great idea I want to puke. I believe the young people do not want to and are very happy to not share a toilet seat with the locals or other travelers, and this has nothing to do with the toilet being good, but rather their desire to not share a toilet seat.
I am going to write the lady I know at Footprints guidebooks and give her my opinion that the guidebook would appeal to seniors better if they would indicate for the hotels which types of toilets. They do this sometime, but not on a regular basis, or obvious. A senior cannot just keep walking around the country looking for a hotel.
SADDAM IS CAPTURE - OSAMA SHOULD NEVER BE FOUND!
I felt positive that the coalition or the USA would capture Saddam. I always believe this and thought it was inevitable. I was hoping they would delay or keep this under wraps for a longer time until we had capture about 10 time more of his cronies. This will slow down the capture or terrorist operating in Iraq and a lot will probably go back home to Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey or any other close and easy to visit Iraq country.
But for OSAMA… I hope they have him in a cell and torturing him. They cannot and must not ever let him exist on the planet again in the minds of the people. The whole Muslim world would start to commit suicides inside Pizza joints and schools if Usama was inside a prison. The Muslim religion is doing NOTHING to monitor their religion. I consider this religion a danger to the planet and will continue to be a danger to the planet until all the holy people stop being the terrorist and start acting like “Holy” people. I sense or feel that the Muslims think that all other religions should be destroyed. They will say one thing and do another. My bullshit meter is going crazy when they say it is a religion of peace. I see nothing that proves this.
OBNOXIOUS DOGS OF HAMPI OR INDIA - Wednesday morning.
I have found the dogs of India to be an annoyance. It is about 5:45 in the morning and they have started to howl. Last night I went to watch a movie in a restaurant. The owner’s dog actually jumped up on the table and tried to eat my food. If it wasn’t for the fact the 2 Beautiful French girls behind me may have been dog lovers’ I would have pounded the dog with a newspapers on the table. The Indian owner came up and talked with the dog. I thought Pavlov taught the world that dogs and animals do not understand language… This one thought it was a cat and when I left it was sleeping on top of a table.
I have totally given up on talking to other travelers about cleanliness inside restaurants. They really believe that the restaurant owner has a clue about cleaning. They will buy bottled water and then ignore the owners of restaurants. I have walked right inside the kitchen to look around and see if they are pigs that work there or humans.
I am very cynical on the use of bottle water. If you eat in a restaurant you are drinking or using the bottle water. I eat a lot of baked or packaged foods for this reason. The garbage disposal eaters are the ones that get the dysentery and all the fun food related disease.
BACKPACK ORGANIZER - Wednesday morning.
I have arranged with Shackle a woman from Hampi to create my new design for my backpack organizer. The new one will be a small bit lighter, I am getting rid of the Velcro on the whole bag because it did not function the way I wanted. I have never used the clothes hanger ability and have decide the rope hanger is better to use inside a closet, so there is not need to have a flap over a hanger. I am getting rid of a lot of weight. I have found that people thought or think the bag weighs a lot because it is long, but that is really an illusion, it was less than, or about the same as a T-shirt, maybe a little more.
I will have here make a bag, and then we can tear it apart or adjust for the next week while I go explore and take photos of the Hampi Archeology site. I think she moves very fast, and she made me commit to an appointment. If this is normal Indian behavior I am excited, because in poorer countries it is impossible to have things done with any time. So I have an appointment this morning at 10:30 to discuss further how to sew together the bag. She is supposed to have cut the pieces over night. I expect that really would only take one-half hour.
So now I have a project to think about and can go look the site while I am waiting or she is proceeding. I got this gut feeling she will be done with it today, and I am really not going to have to wait.
FOUND SOME BOOKS ON HAMPI - Wednesday Morning
I wanted to read small pamphlets or a book on Hampi before I started on my walk around the site, so I am very lucky and have found some of the small books to read. The ones the kids’ sell has a map that goes with it, and this would be very helpful.
Hampi is a wonderful site full of monument and rock formations. I have avoided going and looking at anything yet, because frankly I have no idea what this place is about or why. To appreciate an archeology site it helpful to have some background history. They are extremely lax on information. There is one book that all the children sell, and it appear I must buy it. I looked at before and was not impressed so I am trying to locate individuals or people to help explain. Everyone offers to take me in a Motorized Rickshaw to see the sites, and this may be a good idea because the site is huge and sprawls for about 5 kilometer I would guess.
But until I get an idea of why I am supposed to be here I will avoid roaming around. What happens is I will learn something later and want to return to see the point of interest. That means two trips. Better to be patient and learn before I go off looking, but I can tell you I do not think any of the other travelers have a clue. I have asked almost everyone for the last 3 week why people go to Hampi. They say,
“Beautiful Round Rocks on a river, and an Archeology site.”
This is true. But does not tell me much.
WENT TO HOSPET - Wednesday Afternoon
I just returned from a trip to Hospet, it is the accompanying or service city to Hampi. So if you want to buy something needed you go to Hospet, if you want to buy a souvenir or live like a tourist you stay only in Hampi. Hampi is much better standard of living and probably cheaper than Hospet. Room I believe start at 80 Rupees and they are catered or designed for the Western people.
I found a lady yesterday to sew or make my newer designed backpack organizer. She can speak acceptable English so I will be able to explain what I want to have sown. I went to Hampi to buy the cotton white unbleached cloth. I will start today on showing here what I want.