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Sunset from our room at Shanti on the "party-side" of the river.

In the morning I awoke sick.  We ate at Blue Plane the previous night, and the vegetable curry was clearly not agreeing with me.  I vomited in the morning just before our 5:30 a.m. taxi.    The 10 hour train ride was awful, but fortunately, I only was sick once on the train.  I slipped in and out of delirium.  Then the three of us piled into a rickshaw and drove the 45 minutes to Hampi.  I sat in the front with the driver, trying to hold on for my life and to the bile in my stomach.  I was so relieve when we finally reached Shanti Guest house.  We reunited with Simon and Erin.  By morning I was feeling much better.

        

Hampi is a magical place.  Massive boulder strewn hills and plateaus extend everywhere between ruined cities and temples.

Sacred Vishnu pool across from the Shiva Temple.
  The river runs through the middle dividing the Bazaar from the many guesthouses on the other side.  The river feels like the heart of Hampi, flowing through it and around temples, abandoned Sadhu meditation caves.  We road a corical, which looks like ½ coconut shells, down the river past fisherman, to the Hanuman temple.  Like all the wonderful places in India, the children here waive, smile, and laugh at us. 

 

Melinda, Jen, and I did yoga a few times.  We watched a movie and hung out with Simon and Erin.  Over the days we spent there, I was feeling better and better, slowly regaining my strength.  We rented bikes and rode through the ruins to the breathtaking Shiva temple and Vishnu market. 

 

On the last day, Melinda and I went to the reservoir and took a quick swim by jumping from an 18 foot boulder.

  Then a dive, because I had to.  I also gifted Simon and Erin Shiva and Ganesh to guide them safely the rest of their travels.  I’m hoping they are watchful of each other.

 

As amazing as Hampi is, something happened to our 3-some.  I’m not sure exactly what happened or when.  But I started feeling some disconnection and we just weren’t clicking.  After I dropped them off in Alleppey for the home stay, I never met up with them again.  Jen left with her friends Ryan and Heather.  Melinda went off to Cochin.  And I continued south to Kovalam. 

 

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Sunset from our room at Shanti on …
Sunset from our room at Shanti on…
Sacred Vishnu pool across from the…
Sacred Vishnu pool across from th…
Sunset over Hampi.
Sunset over Hampi.
Crazy ricksaw ride back from the M…
Crazy ricksaw ride back from the …
It got bumpier.
It got bumpier.
Lunch with Jen, Me, Simon, and Eri…
Lunch with Jen, Me, Simon, and Er…
Cruising on a coracle to the Monke…
Cruising on a coracle to the Monk…
Blessed after yoga.
Blessed after yoga.
Can you see the statuettes in the …
Can you see the statuettes in the…
Headstand; I know ~ CRAZY.
Headstand; I know ~ CRAZY.
Awesome swing at the Mango Tree.
Awesome swing at the Mango Tree.
Jen made it look so good...
Jen made it look so good...
Sunset over Hampi from the Monkey …
Sunset over Hampi from the Monkey…
This monkey at the Monkey Temple s…
This monkey at the Monkey Temple …
What I like to... Chill.
What I like to... Chill.
Melinda blessed.
Melinda blessed.
Simon blessed.
Simon blessed.
Jen blessed.
Jen blessed.
You can take the cowboy out of Man…
You can take the cowboy out of Ma…
Vishnu pool
Vishnu pool
Not sure what to say.
Not sure what to say.
Its a baby crow.
Its a baby crow.
Hampi
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