I did my tour of Hampi. I thought the Rickshaw driver would be more helpful, but he would never leave his Rickshaw and walk with me, so I was basically alone. A motorcycle would almost have been as good. I think if you go to the “Prince” restaurant the man that manages it is a guide. I saw him out explaining to the other tourist about the city. He is short and they have movies at this restaurant. There was a group of tourist in a van with him. Other than that I would suppose the best place to book a tour is really in Hospet and not in Hampi.
BIRD IN ROOM - Thursday Morning
Happy New Years
I was sitting typing on my computer. A bird sticks it head through the steel grate or wire mesh above my door for air circulation and then flies into the room. I had to open the doors and wait for it to leave. They say to expect the unexpected in India and in many ways this is absolutely true.
TOUR BY RICKSHAW TODAY
I have decided to give up the 300 Rupee or 6 Dollars US to see the site of Hampi by motorized Rickshaw. I cannot recommend this highly because most Rickshaw driver are manipulative jerks. It takes a lot of energy to fight of them being jerks. It is a “Taxi Driver” mentality. But I have been taking with this driver and he speaks the best English in Hampi, and has a Rickshaw. That is a good combination for a hack tour of the site. I have not met any guides, but I am sure there are some out and about, but for the most part this is a self-serve tourist archeology site. I am sure the Rickshaw driver will learn a lot about my form of American Culture today. I have a well thought out plan of attack on how to learn about this site, and he will have a well planned out though on how to gloss over it and drop me off at the hotel. I am 100 percent positive I know more about Hampi than 95 percent of the other tourist, so I will be a very unusual rider.
I have spend the last 10 days learning about Hampi and have not really looked at anything, so now when I look at things I will have a clue. Archeology sites are not for the druggies and Rasta, it is for the readers and historians. In fact it is obviously not for the Drinkers as so far they are all in Goa doing the Pome thing. Hampi is full of every culture and in balance presently, so this is very nice. I have met a lot of Americans, French, Italians, Holland, Japanese, and a few Germans. Of course a few scattering of other, but these are the dominant ones. I sometime think that to follow the Japanese around would be to discover the highlights of a country. You can follow the Brits around to find the party; you can follow the Germans and Scandinavians around to find the girls… (Prostitutes). The Americans are usually following the Japanese. Holland can be found anywhere. French are very difficult to stereotype, they can be anywhere, for any reason. There are very few French and Americans out traveling so they are scattered about. I have not seen any Australians here in Hampi. There are a lot of Israeli people.
This Brazilian girl I met wants to go to Mysore to take a Yoga class, it finally connected in my head she is a “Searching for God Traveler.” I told her,
“I do not argue with God, so I do not have to go look.”
I am sure she did not get it.
There is a Sadu here in Hampi that dresses like a Hobo, but is also one of the town drunks. I took a lot of photos. I am trying to learn about Sadus. I will go look it up in my computer…
Sadhu: I need to spell it right first.. Hehehe
SADHU OR SWAMIS: From Encyclopedia Britannica
also spelled saddhu and swamy, Sanskrit s(dhu and sv(min, in India, religious or holy men. Sadhu signifies any religious ascetic or holy man. The class of sadhus includes not only genuine saints of many faiths but also men (and occasionally women) who have left their homes in order to concentrate on physical and spiritual disciplines, as well as hermits, magicians, and fortune-tellers, some of dubious religious intent. Swami usually refers to an ascetic who has been initiated into a specific religious order and, in recent years, has come to be applied particularly to monks of the Ramakrishna Mission. A ‰aiva (follower of the god ‰iva) sadhu is generally referred to as a sannyasi (q.v.), or daˆn(mY sanny(sin, while a Vai—pava (follower of the god Vishnu) monk is often called a vair (gin (q.v.). An ascetic who practices yoga in order to achieve his spiritual goals is a yogin, or yogi. A Jaina ascetic is usually referred to as a muni, while a monk who follows the teachings of Buddha is a bhikku (q.v.).
Sadhus may live together in monasteries (ma¡has) that usually belong to a particular order, may wander throughout the country alone or in small groups, or may isolate themselves in small huts or caves. They generally take vows of poverty and celibacy and depend on the charity of householders for their food. Their dress and ornaments differ according to sectarian allegiances but they usually wear ochre-coloured (more rarely, white) robes. They shave their heads, or they allow their hair to lie matted on their shoulders or twist it in a knot on top of their heads. They usually retain only the few possessions they carry with them: a staff (dap;a), a waterpot (kamap;alu), an alms bowl, a rosary, perhaps an extra cloth or a fire tong.
S(dhus generally congregate on important religious occasions, such as lunar eclipses or mel(s (fairs), and throughout the year are found in large numbers in sacred cities such as V(r(nasi (Benares) and Haridw(r. STOP
THE OCHER VERSION
This guy has a red / yellow type clothing and drinks Arak. He has a bundle on a stick and looks like a Pumpkin Version of a Hobo.
WHERE TO GO?
I am trying to make up my mind on where to go after Hampi. My friend Jeff is coming into Delhi and then going to Nepal, so I am thinking about going up and connecting with him for reunion of two travelers. I met him in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador so we do run into each other along the path. I was going to go on the Siberian Railway with him, but he has decided to do that run in the winter and I decided to pass.
To travel to northern India is about the same as traveling by car all the way across the USA so this is not a light decision. It will only cost me about 14 dollars for the transportation, but I am not wanting to miss India. I went to the ticket vendor last night; he was smart and knowledgeable about India. He was telling me how I could go to Varanasi in the North and they can easily arrange a ticket to Katmandu, Nepal. This sounded really good, easy, and simple. I liked the idea a lot, and then he told me that he had book 3 French people on the same route. I remember that the Brazilian girl I met had just arrived from Varnasi. I was putting 2 and 2 together and realized this was a route, or tracking of the travelers. I came from Goa to Hampi and that is definitely a standard path of travelers, but I stopped in 4 cities on the way and did not take the sleeper. That is not the SOP. Standard Operating Procedure.
So I think and wonder what is best. Jeff is saying he will be in Rajastan for 3 weeks before he goes to Nepal. He enters on the 9th of January to Delhi and wanders around Rajastan for 3 weeks. That would give me about 3 weeks to get towards the border of Nepal.
I have met hundreds of people that have visited the USA. The go to New York, Miami, Chicago, Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, etc. and leave the country. They jump between the big locations in the country and say they have visited the USA. They have never said,
“I stopped in Indiana and went to Brown County National Park in the south. It is not on the world traveler’s radar. Too small, and who would want to go to nice, clean, and civilized India? They would rather see the fruits and nuts of New York and Los Angeles. This is the USA, but it is not the USA also, and they are going more for the bizarre and not the normal people.
Now, I tell them to get a car and roam around the small place of the USA. I do not think they take me up on my advice, and they would probably consider it boring. Normal people with normal lives are not what the world wants to see.
I have been complaining or commenting that the food in Hubli was better than the food in Hampi. I have also realized the food in Hospet is better than the food in Hampi. The normal city food of India is better than the Tourist food of Hampi. A city changes when it becomes a tourist center and it is not for the better. There is nothing normal about a tourist destination other than it is normally a very crazy and expensive place, that is normal.
So… The stupid trains need reservations. This is a real pain.
I am going to do the jump to go north right up the heart of India by small bus I am 90 percent sure. It will take 2-3 weeks to arrive in the north and I will see the most boring parts of the country, but I will see the heart of India.
The vendor was saying that full moon was coming and they would be people arriving or doing some religious whatever on the full moon in Varnasi. I am absolutely positive that religious events, temples, churches, shrines and any other crap are the biggest tourist attractions in the world. Hampi is full of Hindu temples and there are traveler walking around with RED dots in between their eyes. AAGH!
A bunch of atheist walking around pretending and being fashionable. The whole world is looking for God and no one will open his or her eyes.
IMMERSION HEATER FOR WATER
Chris from Idaho and me have been looking for a good dual voltage 220-110 immersion water heater for both making tea or coffee water and to heat water for washing clothes or sterilizing for drinking.
I have learned:
1. The immersions that sit on the edge do NOT heat the bottom of the water. I believe I need one that sits on bottom of glass or bucket. There is a depth problem also. If I do not have just exactly in the water they burn up.
2. WATTS - I would like a 100 or maybe a 200-300 Watt Maximum immersion heater. Anything more and I spend my time working on fuses and breaker boxes, plus the owners of hotels look at me with dirty looks.
I am not sure but the photo on the page of help Andy travel is still my best choice. I need to test the Watts, as I cannot remember what it was? I purchase that one in La Paz, Bolivia for about 1-dollar USA and it was made in China. It was a 220 one and could be used in110.
I was amazed that some of the people wanted 20-60 Dollars U.S. for these devices. I am having trouble with the tungsten ones and they burn up very easily, while the one from China is very durable. Plus the plastic around the heating coils protects from arcing inside the cup.