Uttar Kannada

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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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  • Day66

    Von Madangeri nach Mumbai

    June 24, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Um zehn Uhr morgens haben wir uns wieder mit sack und pack auf den weg gemacht. da ich ja jetzt länger bleibe als geplant, sind wie heute noch zur post, paar Sachen nach hause schicken. vorher mussten wir mit all dem krimskrams zum Schneider der es in eine Schachtel gepackt und in ein weisses tuch eingenäht hat. das muss man mit allen Paketen machen damit falls es beim transport aufbricht (was anscheinend häufiger vorkommt) nicht alles herauskullert. nach einem kleinen Frühstück haben wir den rest des tages mit auf den bus warten und ja nicht zuviel essen oder trinken verbracht damit wir die 15 ständige fahrt auch durchhalten. nun sind wir gerade eingestiegen, mumbai wir kommen!Read more

  • Day51

    Om Beach Gokarna

    June 9, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    also eigentlich waren wir ja auf der flucht vorm monsun... endlich in gokarna angekommen schüttet es aus Eimern. nachdem wir unsre bleibe bezogen haben hört es ne Weile auf zu regnen, am om beach ist es wunderschön, von baden oder sonnen allerdings keine rede. nachdem Spaziergang schüttet es wieder, den ganzen tag... Gewitter, stockdunkel, kein strom, kein Internet und mein ladegerät musste auch dran glauben. boah hatte ich schlechte Laune...Read more

  • Day65

    Kudle Beach Gokarna

    June 23, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    heute ist die letzte nacht im white elephant am kudle beach. schweren herzens brechen wir morgen auf und lassen gokarna hinter uns. die letzten eineinhalb wochen hier waren wunderschön, ausblick von der hütte aus direkt aufs meer. tags mit den süssen babydoggies spielen, lesen, in der sonne liegen, abends immer in die stadt spazieren, und im besten Restaurant auf unserer bisherigen reise essen. gokarna hats mir angetan, eine Atmosphäre die sich schwer beschreiben lässt.

    morgen gehts nach mumbai!
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  • Day144

    Christmas at the seaside

    December 22, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Hampi was our first religious place within India. Gokarna followed next. To get there we took our first sleeping bus but this is India and smoothness is not an Indian particularity. Our bus broke in the middle of the night, we had to change to another bus where we had a dusty and bumpy bed at the back of the bus. Others weren't that lucky and had to sleep on the floor.

    Through Gokarna's streets you are likely to find men dressed in orange skirts singing some Hindu mantras going from one temple to the other, people bathing nearby the lake doing their rituals and some pilgrims praying to their Gods.

    Our days in Kudle Beach were very warm, sunny and relaxed. We hiked from beach to beach and worked on our tan. We experienced yoga, the real esence of yoga, that search of inner peace and self acceptance within us through smooth and controlled movements connected to our breathing.

    The dark side of this place? It used to be a hippie spot where people did yoga, meditation and enjoyed their time learning about Indian Ayurvedic medicine at the beach. Now it's a mix of middle class Indians ready to leave their cash on a three-day-vacation paying 3 times more than foreigners for a room and partying hard leaving all their rubbish on the sand. So Kudle beach's charm is slowly disappearing.

    Besides that we met many inspiring people who made their travels as their way of living, selling their art or their skills doing workshops.
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