India Travel Stories, Page 11

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Map of Hampi ruins (printable):


Photo-tour of Hampi ruins and attractions - see page bottom link


"Lets now take a tour of Hampi..."


- Chris


This internet cafe in Hampi has Proxiy, stops on upload, download and all sorts of ways to record my keystrokes. This is why I normally go to Hospet, and Hospet is cheaper. But Happy New Year from a pain in the B... Internet Cafe in India.

About 1 in 20 A drives work in India

I can almost never find a CD Rom Drive

They exist


This is my friend I want to meet in India. He has put up information in South Africa.

RICKSHAW TRIP GOOD - Thursday Morning

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.


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


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.


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.


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.

HAMPI BIKE RIDE - Monday Morning

HAMPI BIKE RIDE - Monday Morning

I took off on my rented bike yesterday and quickly discovered that the direction I was traveling that bikes were not allowed. So the bike was of little use yesterday, but it was a nice ride anyway. I am sort of doing a North / South / East / West Tour of Hampi. I am going different directions and find all the possible places to visit. The small map sold to me by the boys in the street is very bad and the map is terrible. There is definitely a need for a better map with landmarks to help me know the road or turns. There is a small difference sometimes here between a path and a road.

I was lucky and ran into a guy that was selling books on Hampi. There were 4 very good books of reference and information. Mostly a somewhat ad hoc history of Hampi, but they had lots of photos and if I was going to the perfect job it would work to have these books. But they were being sold at USA price levels and I could live in India for a month on the money.

I did find out some information that may help me. I discovered that there is an archeology office or something with scaled down model of the Hampi site. The one book had a lot of photos of this model. If I could go take photos of this model it could really help to visit the locations.

I think the guides and rickshaw drivers interfere to stop travelers from knowing any good information so they must hire a guide. If I was here for 1 or 2 days only I think that would be the best way.

Note that someone has ripped the page on Hampi out of my Footprints guidebook so who know what it said on that page?

I do not drive myself crazy with this information and I am positive that 90 percent of the travelers see less than me. I am very good at researching and learning, and most just one the main attractions to say they was there. In the end it is important that a person do exactly what they do, and not worry, because the world is really big and the conversation at home about Hampi would probably be less than one minute. I do not hold to the belief that I must learn everything or there is value in learning trivial stuff. I learn for fun, and when it is not fun, I do not learn.

I do the same on books; I read for fun, if the book is not fun I will not read it. I am too old for reading books that are lots of work. I trade one of them intellectual books yesterday for a book that was recommended for me to read called,

“Are You Experienced?” by William Sutcliffe

This book is like a traveler inside view of the funny or maybe stupid things that happen in India. I have not read the book yet, so only the future will tell. I started a little and it looks go though.


Maybe some of you have looked that page made by the techie from Margoa and have some ideas, I have been thinking a lot about the page because I want improvements on to take place, but the more I think about it I have to remember why I started to talking to him. I wanted some filters on the submission in PHP and not a new design for the page.

But I need some help with and he is right on target for that site, plus I already have a 10 dollar donation for them and that would about pay for him to do the site or at least get a good start. I can see if I can convince him to coincide my goals with his goals… hehehe.

But what he designed is a perfect format of so I think I will focus him on that and see if he can place a forum, chat, and submission on that site, plus that is the site he already is using to test. I did not allow him access to Hobo. That is like committing suicide with most Techies. They just love to reinvent the wheel and forget that my page is already on the right path. I do not need new wheels; I just want some of them polished.

Radical changes in anything big can be dramatic. This is the essence of why the American Constitution works, it is impossible to change quickly. But like the constitution I do not like to fix what is working, but I do like some of his ideas.

I tend to copy the big boys. I love the pull-down links, but Yahoo and not of the big sites use them, so why would I until I know why…

Flash is for the silly boys as best I can tell. I am thinking that some map sites can use this, but for the most part a FLASH in the pan.

So maybe I can harvest some good work from him and get further toward some other goals, and maybe I can steer him back towards my primary goal of filters on Hobo.


I left the room and went to the toilet. Upon closing the door, dumping a bucket down the toilet and looking around I spotted a dog on the grass roof or palm frond roof of a large building. Here is this dog on the very peak of the building. I am in my beach towel and do not have a camera. My brain slowly connects as the dog walks over to a pole that came out of the roof, raises its leg and urinates. Now lets see…?

Where does urine go that performed on the roof a grass hut?

I had a cat come through my ceiling in Peru and I have been careful every since on animals and ceiling of grass.

Why is a dog on the roof a house? People put dogs on roof or allow dogs to roam on roofs of house for protection. There was an adjoining concrete roof and I think the dog just jumped over to roam around. The rooftops are like Mary Poppins and you could jump from roof to roof to roof. I would skip the grass roofs though.

I have walked by many a roof where suddenly the dog came running by and scare me to death. It comes over to the edge and start barking right above your head. There are lots of dogs in India and windows with bars. That means to me there is sufficient crime to warrant these types of protections. Note that in Europe they all have bars on the windows also, but they just have a problem with the feces of dogs there.

I was not able to get the photo of the dog fast enough, and there was a Monkey rooting around in the trashcan also, so I took a photo the Monkey.

BIKE TOURS TODAY - Sunday morning.

26 Square Kilometers of ruins is a lot. A direct bike ride to the edge of my world is probably about 6 kilometers, so today I take off I hope on a 12 kilometer round trip bike ride. I will try to log in this site with photos. I was reading in the English papers here in India that UNESCO was going to visit Hampi soon. I suppose they will make it a site and try to protect it. I vacillate on this place, because it is very beautiful with the water, rocks, and mix of ruins and building, and a great place for rest and relaxation, but the site is really from the 1400’s to the present and not old. But a lot of UNESCO sites are not old, so that is in line with them.

I do not try to take comprehensive photos of places like “Buckingham Palace” and all the extremely visited destinations, but Hampi is noteworthy and there does not appear to be many good photos out there on the net so I will give an abundance I hope. I say I hope, because the world change and some days I lose interest. Hard to want to document by photos a place. It takes a lot of time and is not fun. But it does help the traffic on my site, especially when I do the obscure place that the historians and archeologist are researching.

TOP 10 -- WORKING - Sunday Morning

I have been putting out a top 10 webpage for the year X for I think 3 years now and this is becoming both easier and more difficult. In some ways I am totally connected, and in other ways I am lost. I know a lot about what the actual traveler are saying, but the researchers or compilers of information know a lot that I do not know.

For instance they could sit around at home and research Hampi a lot better than I could here in Hampi. They would have the Internet, the library, and multiple reference sources available, like say the old newspapers and such. I have a lot of kids trying to sell brochure and postcards extremely available. (They ask me to buy every 10th step.)

I am slowly getting more reader participation and this is very helpful. It is just wonderful how often readers I giving me the heads up on great sites or places to visit. Chris in Idaho is an incredible help, but the casual emails keep me on track when I am off track on very specific issues.

So working on this Top 10 page today has been taxing. I try to get gut level honest and say what page I use, and not what would sound good. I am always popping in on and I put that in the top ten this year, as I had to be honest with myself. I still like newsletters a source of information, but they have become a pain as they constantly point me towards links or page and that is NOT in the letter. This is the reason my letters are large. I want the person to be able to download in some real expensive Internet country and have something to read besides links. How would you like a newspaper that sent you to the library? And did not give you the “News.”

This is a trend in Internet newsletter and is a bad assumption that the world has access 24/7. Only the USA, England, Australia, New Zealand and a very few others are that connected. The rest of the world is paying a lot. So downloading and reading offline is the best method. I have less and less newsletters to read because there is NO news in the letter and I unsubscribe. I have lots of people want me to go to HTML letter, but when I stop receiving scramble HTML letters in my downloaded Foxmail email client I will think about, but until then, I will stay with the text that works anywhere in the world.

I think my mirrors on are HTML and they come in scramble to me. What a drag… But the majority of my readers are on and this is better. I constantly try to answer to myself,

“Do I want to have the text wrapped?”

Not a big problem, and I have consistently ignored this checkbox in Yahoogroups for a year. They are asking me if I want them to wrap the text. I am not sure what they mean, so I just ignore. A default is always better than a stupid guess.

INDIA Techie Page


I have this guy in Margoa, India that is trying to help me update my Web Page. I am trying to put a lot of filters on submission. He wants to change the whole format. Here is an example of his work.

Happy and fun. This is good, and a big problem with Techies, they tend to make dreary. But the feel is good. Tell me thoughts if you wish. I am not saying I am changing my present home page




hoboontheroad DELETE at DELETE

All that to stop the harvesting of spammers.. hehehe

Thanks.. Happy New Year now!



SPITTLE AND MUCUS or maybe Mucous - Saturday Morning

I went on one of them curiosity journeys in the recess of my Computer Encyclopedia and found some interesting trivial or possible clues to the loud hacking I must listen to from various cultures of the world that can be extremely irritating.

I will quote directly from Encyclopedia Britannica.


“viscous fluid that moistens, lubricates, and protects many of the passages of the digestive and respiratory tracts in the body. Mucus is composed of water, epithelial (surface) cells, dead leukocytes, mucin, and inorganic salts. Mucus is produced by mucous cells, which are frequently clustered into small glands located on the mucous membrane that lines virtually the entire digestive tract. Large numbers of mucous cells occur in the mouth, where mucus is used both to moisten food and to keep the oral membranes moist while they are in direct contact with the air. Mucus in the nose helps to trap dust, bacteria, and other small inhaled particles. The stomach also has large numbers of mucous cells. Gastric mucus forms a layer about one millimetre thick that lines the stomach, protecting the organ from highly acidic gastric juice and preventing the juice from digesting the stomach itself.”

I am in a country that eats spicy food.

I am in a country that is full of DUST.

I am coughing and hacking also, and catch myself clearing my throat the same as the locals. I do this with a lot more manners and consideration for my fellow citizens of the planet though and take a better perspective on where to spit.

I can definitely say in the countries with very spicy food and dusty they spit, hack, and clear their throats. This would make sense if the mucus glands demand that it happen. Dust is a big pollution, and I remember reading that the first know deaths from pollution happened in London from the dust of carriages in the 1800’s.

Most countries with dirt roads or dirt floors for the inside of their homes spend lot of time watering in front of the home to make the ground hard, and to keep the dust down. In the morning though when they are using the semi-rake-broom made of stiff grass or broom fibers it makes a dust storm that can be very annoying.

I will go on a big bike ride today to clean my lungs. I am sure a good job around the park would make my lungs cleaners.

BIKE TOURS OF HAMPI - 30 Rupees per day.

I am becoming a big fan of the Bike Rental in India. It is a great way to travel. I

CALLED MY PARENTS - Saturday Morning

I called my parents to wish them Merry Christmas and hear the news on how they celebrated Christmas with the rest of the family. India is becoming one of my favorite countries to live and travel in because of the efficiency of their infrastructure.

I walked into a very small telephone center and called my parents. I paid 172 Rupees. I talked for 14.33 minutes. The cost was 12 Rupees per minute. I paid 3.82 U.S.A. Dollars for this telephone call and had a connection like I was in the other room. So I was very excited to it was just too easy, this made them and me very happy.


I sent a package from Margoa, in the State of Goa, India to Orland in the state of Indiana, of the USA on the 6th of January and it arrived I believe on the 24th of January.

I sent some special electrical devices that convert a light socket to a plug outlet and some very large fish hooks. I am not sure who was happier my parents or me. These 2 very strange cloth wrapped package from India arrives in a small rural town in Indiana and the postman, the neighbors, and the coffee clutch get to try to figure out what is inside and why I sent it to them. My father has already gave away 2 of the hooks to friends of his and that made me very happy. It was good to know that he knew I would not care and that this was good thing to do… give. Heaven forbid that my parents ever come to India they would spend their whole time giving out Rupees to the children and beggars asking for money.

No that is not true, they would learn like me that giving children money just makes them into to beggars and does not help them.

Well, I am very happy to know that is possible to send things I buy in India to the USA cheaply and pretty efficiently. I will soon have another 4-6 packages or parcels as they call them here to send. They do not understand the world package, but when I use the word parcel they do.

I made a page for labeling and inserted some advice and links from Chris of Idaho.

LIGHTS OUT - Saturday Morning.

I think the lights go out daily for a few minutes in the morning around 6 am. It is like clockwork in India. Everyday, and I have no clue why?

MAXIMUM WATTS - Friday Morning

I just blew another fuse or the wire inside the switch burnt through, I am not sure. I think I need to work on learning or making a guide to show what are the maximum wattages that can be used in the world. I know or think that maybe 3-5 one hundred watt light bulbs can be used for sure in most countries.

I hope this did not cause problems for some travelers. There is a noise, hustle-bustle outside from people talking. If by chance a person is up at 5 trying to prepare to leave and is on my same circuit, then this could be a problem for them.

What is the problem? Really the problem is that I never know how many people are on a circuit. The whole hotel could be on one circuit in places and in others maybe they have just one room. There is not rhyme or reason to know and extremely difficult to judge. I try to look over the electrical systems in hotels before I use the electricity, but often it may look great and be a problem. That is the situation here, I was betting that this new hotel the Shanti was better then the more scrubby Ganesh, and more family ran type. But this is often the opposite because the hotels are trying to add every possible outlet and light and the mom and pop places just are using normal amounts. So the Ganesh had a better electrical system… maybe.

I referenced the switch. There is a loose switch outside my room and it may have burned up. They have these switches that can turn off the whole room for the manager outside the rooms. This switch in the proper usage should be the breaker. But here it is just a normal switch. In Margao in the Greenview hotel they had it set up correctly.

I have found that they always run the plugs through a switch here. This can be a problem because when you connect the wires to the switch poles they often do them too loose and they burn when they arc across. I can often tell the switches are arcing inside the box. Not a big problem in India because the walls are concrete. In the USA they put them in plastic or steal boxes for protection. It is the same thing in the USA if you have a lazy electrician that does not make good connections. This is what happens when the cousin wires the house.

CHRIS on shower!

I have realized that the shower pipe and nozzle is of no accord. This is just a modern fixture that is convenient. I take lot of shower here in India with a large bucket and use a dipper to dump water on my head and body. There is no need to design a shower with a nozzle, only the bucket and a dipper is needed. It works a lot better also because you can put enough water on in strategic locations quickly and efficiently. The concept of shower is also a dip and dump over your head method and is easier when traveling.


This place has about 26 square kilometers of ruins. That is a lot of things to look at and I am realizing that nothing makes sense and the information I have is fragmented. I am leaning towards getting a guide to help, but have not met anyone that I trust so far, and the India people are prone to saying what they think is needed to be heard by the western people, so that sort of devalues a guide.

I went with Lorina to a few places yesterday, and now I am going to reassert myself to learn or understand. The biggest problem about this site is the need to understand the extensive maps, and the distance between ruins is enough that you lose momentum.

I get the feeling these sites are similar to France, and England lot of construction from the 1500’s on and not ancient ruins. I am trying to learn or conceptualize the use of wall around the ruins. It is very long, but strangely not obvious why there is a wall. I think it may be around the high spot of land, but the site is full of large rocks and this disrupts the way I visualize the land, and the road I think meanders different than the way they originally used the site. There is the why and where they constructed the site originally and the way the site is used currently is different, therefore the logic of the living patterns is difficult to discern.

I am good with maps and very mechanical or logistical so I think I can put it together with time. I will probably stay here until after new years for the insurance I do not spend some depressing day with a bunch of spitting and hacking India people in some nowhere city. I am hedging my bets on enjoyment.

Plus Shackle is still working on a few models of new products and is finishing up my first order. I am going to have 2 types of backpack organizers. A 19-inch wide and a 12-inch wide one, but the same design. I am hoping to make about 7 more prototypes so I can have them copied in another location.

I send some things to the USA on the 6th of December and they have not arrived yet, so I am waiting for confirmation that it is possible to securely send things from India to the USA by normal post.

But I must be careful because I will have to carry all the things I make until I am sure, and this is a lot of weight, or more correctly a lot of bulk. I am probably just worried. I think I have about 4 pounds or 2 kilos of material products, which is not much.

Backpack Cover

3 Versions of secret pockets

Shampoo and bath holder.

Small bags for holding loose items in bag

Book bag to protect the books.

Water bottle holder

Valuables holder pouch.

My end goal of these products is a complete system for managing the things I carry in my bag. I hopefully should be able to walk in a room and hang up everything in my bag on the wall in about 2 minutes. I still have a few loose items hanging around. I could put them all in my backpack organizer, but the shower things need plastic or easily washable bags. The books I put in my pail section of my backpack, so I guess I will make an organizer to manage the stuff I store in the bottom of my backpack and the stuff I store in the side pockets.

I am realizing that all the pockets on my backpack are just an annoyance. I suppose some people take everything out of their backpack at each stop; other may live out of the bag, taking and returning things to and from the bag.

I take everything out of m bag, because the bag is awkward. A suitcase would be much better for working out of, while a backpack is flimsy and falls down, slides, and moves too easily.

CHRISTMAS EVE - Thursday Morning

I went to dinner with the American girl Lorina; she is leaving on the 26th for Bangalore by train. I thought about going along but have realized she is very nice, but very different than me by that she travels very fast. But the dinner was nice and great to talk with a person that likes the USA and talks English. I was laughing to when we discussed this because she started to say she was an anti-USA person, and I think in a fashionable way she takes that stance, but there in absolutely nothing in her actions or words.

I will probably avoid her today because she is constantly talking about here prospective boyfriends and I am starting to suffer from the fact that these are not boyfriends, but guys she wished to date, but it appears to be problems she is discussing. When I step back it is obsessive and she needs some balance, but she is a great girl and full of energy, and this is only me no wanting to listen to her boy situation which at her age of 32 I am considering co-dependant and sort of childish. Better to keep my new friends in balance and not be overwhelmed with their present mental deliberations.

I do the same, so I cannot say much, or understand, when you are traveling alone for a long time you can start to repeat the same story line in your head. She needs a project and right now that project or mission is the 2 guys she want to see or cull away from their present girl friends.


I have been in India for maybe a month and one-half, but I am thinking I will start moving towards my jump point to Thailand of Calcutta or maybe Katmandu, Nepal. I must do this because I travel so slow and take my time or I will be in India longer than I wish.

I have made a resolution with myself that I will not stay in a country longer than I am happy. I think 3 months is about all I wish for this trip or any trip to India. It is sad too, because it is very easy to travel around this country and very cheap, but the people are socially at the lowest level I have encountered, except for maybe jungle people on the Amazon River. The normal citizen behaves closer to an animal than most countries.

To me there is some continuum between civilized like England and the USA with laws and rules to zero rules and closer to Animal behavior. For example an Animal will just stop and urinate or go for a tree anywhere.

MET AMERICAN GIRL - Wednesday Morning

There is an amazing American girl here in Hampi. I met her quite by obnoxious chance when I was making a joke if she wanted to buy some clothes from Shackle the lady that is sewing up some bags for me. I do this sometimes and sit with the local and touting at the western people. The western people are normally very much a pain in the butt and very rude. On the other hand the American culture has one of them Americanism that says we must comment or respond back. A European has no qualms about ignoring people.

But I met her and she has traveled to over 30 countries and is on her second trip. Her first trip was for one and one-half years and she will be gone that long this time. She would be classified for sure as a long-term traveler.

We were comparing note and we agree on a lot of things about travel. One very particular thing we both agree on is that we should be prepared and feel safe, she said,

“I do these things and when I leave my room I do not think about it!”

I am always earmarking or observing on the safety stuff, but I am always the safe one and the people that get robbed are the ones that will not admit they did something stupid. It is difficult in India to know who is robbed because the travelers are not a community that much. In Palolem beach they were a little, but most places they are not barely talking to each other. The community of Central and South America was 10 times more helpful and knowledgeable of things that happened to the travel community.

Note I just went outside and told the jerk that is clearing his throat that he is gross. He is too stupid to understand he is one of them religious guys walking around with a shave head and white skirt. He is also one of the people that were staking out my room to rob it.

I do not think he live here. It is obvious that the Vishnu and the Ganesh Hotels owned by the same family could care less if they provided western hospitality; they just have glossed it over to provide the first level, but are absolutely India after the fascia.


I am a very early riser and am often running around and empty world. That means that when I am in a hotel with a shared bathroom it is not problem for me because everyone else is sleeping. But I have gone to the toilet twice in the last 2 days as normal when I woke up at more or less 5:00 am. Today it was exactly 4:56 when I walked out of the toilet and back to my room.

This is small place and a person can hear about anything, so when I walked out of the toilet and a man is sitting there I am very suspicious. This is like an open toilet the door in an airport and there is no top to the entrance door. It would be same as being in an airport and someone comes in the toilet. You hear noises and just think to yourself that someone entered. But to not hear them is suspicious and makes me question why?

But I have walked out of the toilet when I was alone up stair now 3 times to catch a person twice walking down the step as I left the toilet and 1 time sitting. 2 times it was at 5 in the morning. Trust me the India people are not early risers other than to sit around and clear their throats and spit, that it dependable as a rooster.

So for me to walk out the toilet and see people 3 times is just beyond coincidence. They hear the door to the toilet locking and are running to see if they can rob my room. I have put the lock on the door and they cannot. But I will almost guarantee that they wait around in India for the western people to not lock their door when they go to the toilet

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2003 in Hampi India

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year

From Andy in Hampi, India

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