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  • Day37

    It's Christmas!!

    December 25, 2018 in India ⋅ ☁️ 32 °C

    Well the day has come. This time last year we were in England attempting to plan our what we thought would be a 3 month trip travelling in SEA. In fact this time last year we hadn't even booked our flight even though we left on the 11th. Its just crazy to think about it.

    In the morning we went for a Christmas day swim, got ready and then went to meet Charlotte. When we met her she was paralysed in her hammock haha!! So we just sat, read our books and chilled. We met someone called Ady who got on like a house on fire with Will. While chilling Ady spotted dolphins!! They were super close!! It was very exciting.

    After a while Charlotte joined and we were able to encourage her to come and grab some lunch with us. We spent the afternoon just chilling, chatting and reading. By dinner she was feeling much better and we ventured further down the beach for dinner ate amazing aubergine, paneer and cashew potato cream with tandoor chapattis. It was sooo good.

    For 10 days the police have put a 10 day ban on alcohol at the beaches in this area because supposedly young Indian men go crazy wild and so its to prevent them. For foreign tourists this is obviously crazy especially for this time of year, so obviously there has started a black market for it instead. And I must admit we did join in. We bought cartons of old Monk Rum and coke and had sneaky drinks in the local restaurants to celebrate. Haha I felt like the teenager I'd never been able to live! We then found out about a local pool party so after a couple of sneaky rums we were up for a boogy. I had my reservations but actually it was good fun. Not many people actually went into the pool and to be honest it was a pretty chilled out party.

    It was a Christmas with an emotional and surreal roller-coaster but it was certainly different and fun!

    I honestly don't have much to add about the next day. We juzf sat in Hanumans Cafe and chilled out reading books, chatting and eating lots. 😊❤️
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  • Day39

    Exploring Om Beach and Gokarna Town

    December 27, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After two days of chilling we decided it's time to see more of Gokarna than Kudle beach, so Will Charlotte and I met up and headed over towards Om Beach to do some exploring, bird watching, reading and swimming. We saw Green Bee Eaters and Brahminy Kites along the way. When at Om Beach we met Grace who we had originally met on Kudle Beach when we arrived and we decided to hang out there until late.

    The next day Grace, Will and I went to explore the town. The day was full packed with exploring, getting out day pack fixed, looking at trinkets and clothes, having a laugh with the locals, finally eating affordable food, finally catching up on my blog and most of all getting our Airtel Sim card fixed. Since buying it in Mumbai it hasn't worked so Will has been contacting them through every means possible to get the problem rectified. Guess how he got it sorted in the end? He contacted a random Mall in Mumbai, not where we bought it, who happened to have the direct contact number of the Manager of the Mall that we bought it from. She then conference called everyone together and eventually was able to get us in touch directly with the same airtel store we bought the SIM card in!! Honestly the whole thing was ridiculous!!! Anyway we got it sorted just in time for our old Sim expiration. Phew!

    I think my highlight of the day was when we went to the hammock shop. He was making a blue and purple hammock as we approached and I fell in love so we got one! Well you can't say no when it's only £2! Can't wait to put it up in our flat 😂

    After picking up a few beers from the wine shop we sat at the beach and enjoyed some peace and quiet from the town.

    In the evening we went for dinner at a rooftop near the beach which had a beautiful view of sunset. The main dishes were really yummy but the naans and breads were super disappointing! When we finished we wandered back in the dark which was actually quite fun! For the first time we could see the stars quite clearly and it was so romantic hearing the crashing of the waves with the stars above.
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  • Day41

    Willy P and Shahna On A Beach Adventure

    December 29, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today we were determined to conquer the beaches of Gokarna! So starting from Kudle beach we wandered over to Om Beach and went to meet Grace. We had a little dip in the sea but felt our skin prickle so quickly got out and sat chatting with Grace for a bit.

    Next we wandered to Half Moon Beach where we stopped for lunch. I had fruit, muesli and yoghurt with a yummy coconut shake and Will had an amazing and huge Thali with a banana shake.

    It was now the hottest part of the day and we decided to carry on our wander along to the next beach, paradise beach. I was instantly dripping with sweat and very much looking forward to getting to the next one so I could jump in the sea. We soon arrived and quickly got in. Initially it was very refreshing until a boat came into the Bay and the water very quickly stank and tasted of diesel, so we had to get out. It was far to hot to sit and chill so we just kept hiking.

    We finally got to the end of the hike at Belekan Beach where we spotted tiny fiddler crabs. They were amazing!! They have one huge claw and a small one and they were battling! It was hilarious to watch. We waited for about an hour for the local bus. The bus was actually really fun because it took us through the small villages and was full of really friendly smiley locals.

    We got dropped off in Gokarna Town centre had a sneaky ice cream and then we had our last 30 mins of hiking to get home. As we'd had a full on day we had a cheeky aubergine pizza, chips and salad for dinner 😂 Yum!!
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  • Day42

    R & R, New Years Eve and more R&R

    December 30, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Today is our calm before the storm of New Years Eve.

    It was our day of catching up on reading, swimming, chatting, eating and just chilling out and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

    For breakfast we had the nicest Idli of our trip so far and for lunch Charlotte, Will and I shared a huge paneer salad, falafel and pasta.

    The highlight of the day was when we sat and ate Gobi Manchurian, Paneer Dry Chilli and Chips for dinner haha Its been a simple day 😊

    But... Then life got real and we had to sit down and plan our final country and... Dare I say it... Our flight home 😭 it's all booked and we will be back mid Feb up North and probably early March in Laandan so watch this space!!

    It's New Years Eve! Today is a day of getting stuff done. We took a scenic coastal walk to town and it was so peaceful. We sat for a bit watching the sea and even spotted 2 gorgeous blue kingfishers.

    On the way we spotted a library. I'm not sure why but 70% of the books were French! Upon leaving we had another Will moment... We'd heard quite a few stories from the expats about cops and them doing drug searches and sometimes demanding money even if you don't have anything. When they came towards us my guard was on and they stopped Will and said "empty your pockets". To which I replied we aren't going to give you money so we are leaving. Now... Will somehow interpreted my mention of money as "Run, they are going to Rob you". And so he suddenly started running! The cops grabbed him and the situation soon escalated. Luckily I kept my cool and yelled "hands off he's scared". They quickly released him and explained they are doing a drug search and didn't want our money, but only wanted to search Will. I allowed the search to happen but I explained they have stopped probably the only 3 people on this beach that have never done drugs in their lives and they soon realised they weren't getting anything from us and resumed pleasantries and let us on our way. Charlotte was with us and she just froze at the whole situation. Sometimes I do wonder how these situations might end if I wasn't here!

    After that craziness we were in desperate need of food and a calm down. We went to Perma Restaurant and ate the biggest Thali I've ever had! I must admit I was pretty uncomfortably full by the end and I didn't even eat half!In town we loaded up on Old Monk, snacks, sorted our route to Hampi (our next destination). We finally rolled into a tuk tuk and got a lift back where we had to just sit and attempt to digest our food, before we went for our swim. Then it was time to refresh and get ready for the partaay!

    First we sat in Hanumans enjoying a few Old Monks before heading over to Uma Garden where they were playing Tribal music. It was really good fun and we made sure that we always drank out of sealed coke bottles so that people couldn't put anything in our drinks this time. It's always a shame not to see any Indian women at thee parties but I guess it's just the way it is and so instead the men go a bit nuts. It was good fun though!!

    Reflecting on 2018 I realised it was a year of not a single day of work, I was living my dream of travelling, I'd visited 12 countries, I'd seen two of our older friends get married, I'd lived out of the same 10kg bag for a whole year and I lived a simple life with my best friend. What an incredible year.

    The next day was obviously a bit of a right off and we just chilled out, savouring and enjoying the incredible beach life before our big move to Hampi tomorrow.
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  • Day1

    Relax in Gokarna

    November 27, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Well this is it. Last morning in Goa with the group, the relax on the beach was amazing but it's time to go! I have to admit, get up from sofa is really difficult when there's amazing food and cold beer.
    The first stop - bus station. After few minutes it seems not so easy to get to Gokharna (final stop). But some bus is coming so gooo! The bus stopped and it's time to change, surprisingly, another bus but after this one there should be bus to Gokharna! For sure! Ok, so when you asked people on the next bus stop for a bus and answer is clear and simple - No bus, something is wrong. Well it tooks only 10 minutes and I discovered bus with Gokarna sign hidden around the corner! Nice!
    So after 3,5 hours, 3 buses, finally, beach, Sun and samosas!
    Well let's find accommodation. After few conversations the advices are simply, to the beach and right! First stop and I have a bed for 200Rs, well it's only a couple of bricks and plank with mattress but... it's enough.
    In the end of the village the small hill begins and sunset is coming, let's go! Nice walk during the evening, the views are amazing...
    For dinner fish curry and beer, everything what is needed! And with beer it's easier to find a friends...evening with guys from Australia and Ireland was really good. Beers, rum and in the end also merunkovice ended up with practice of German language.
    Nice evening...
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  • Day1

    Gokarna - time to leave

    November 27, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Wow the night was disaster... the guy next to me has horrible cough and when the cottage has only leafy walls... But when I left a bed stepped onto beach everything was forgotten. Well what next so, two eggs, aloo parrota, masala tea on the beach mmm...
    After breakfast there was a time for last walk and bath. The beach here is endless, after one hour I had to turn back. The part of the trip I spent with some Indian guy. Most of our conversations were quite odd because his biggest questions were about marriage with foreign wife and sex in Europe. When he asked me if he can simply change a girl when he'll get bored by his wife I was quite worried what they're thinking about us. But I hope I somehow described how things work...
    Last hour I spent in the bar with fresh papaya juice and just writing notes, amazing...
    Well time to go, train is waiting. At first I visited local temple with fresh nature water and refill my bottles. Maybe I'm getting old. I thought that I'll just stop someone to take me to the train station for free. Riksas are for 150Rs... But in the end I was coward I took a bus nd I had to pay but 15Rs...
    And on the train station... what you can do? Take a nap because train has 2 hours delay!
    But at least I met Austrian/Italian couple and they have tips for cheap accommodation!
    Time to say goodbye to Gokarna. Finally on the road. Again.
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  • Day8

    Gokarna

    February 10, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Da die Fahrt von Badami nach Gokarna nur gut 6 Stunden dauerte, bin ich dort schon gegen 3 Uhr morgens an der Haltestelle Gokarna Cross ausgesetzt worden. Noch circa 10Km von Gokarna entfernt bietet diese eher spartanische Haltestelle an der Autobahn eine gute Gelegenheit für den einen oder anderen Autorickshaw-Fahrer sich in der Nacht etwas dazuverdienen zu können. Ein Service, den ich allein im Dunkeln und in fremder Umgebung natürlich gern angenommen habe (400 Rupees, 5€), um nicht laufen zu müssen.
    Im eigentlich online gebuchten Hostel angekommen galt es dann erstmal den Rezeptionisten aus dem Bett zu klopfen, damit er ein Bett für mich beziehen kann, welches natürlich auch schon hätte vorbereitet sein können. Gegen 5 Uhr morgens kam ich dann immerhin zum Schlafen.

    Das Örtchen Gokarna beherbergt meiner Meinung nach hauptsächlich französische und russische Touristen. Warum das so ist, weiß ich nicht. Daneben gibt es noch gut 5 Strände, welche die kleine Halbinsel auf dem der Ort gelegen ist, umgeben. Während an diese unzählige Cafés und Hotels in gutem indischen Standard angrenzen, scheint mir das Hinterland fast unberührt. Das dies nicht so ist, da vermutlich jeder versucht dort an Touristen zu verdienen, zeigen die vielen Schilder und Hinweise auf Gasthäuser. Dennoch habe ich durch die vielen Gärten und bewirtschafteten Äcker einen sehr gemütlichen und ländlichen Eindruck gewonnen.

    Zur groben Erkundung der Gegend hat mir ein Tag gereicht. Somit habe ich mich nach der zweiten Nacht dann am Sonntag zusammen mit ein paar indischen Studenten aus Chennai auf dem Weg nach Goa (nördlich) gemacht. Die Jungs hatten zufällig die gleiche Zugfahrt vor sich und haben mir auch direkt bei der Buchung des Tickets geholfen. Ich bin allerdings, um es ganz genau zu sagen, in das Örtchen Panjim weiter gefahren, ohne die Jungs.
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  • Day59

    Gokarna

    December 10, 2016 in India ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Leider ist unsre letzte Woche hier in Indien angebrochen. Da es am 15. wieder ins kalte Deutschland geht werden wir die letzten Tage noch damit verbringen, genug Sonne für die Wintermonate zu tanken;)))

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