We got on the train, and found our seats. Other people around us were having debates about their seats, but we wanted to sleep, so we got our beds down and let them sort it out while we tried to sleep. After 2 hours, and the ticket conductor using jack's bed as a desk to write stuff on, everyone got into their seats. So it was nearly 1am and we hadn't got any sleep yet. Then the snoring started... We were surrounded by 8 Indian men, and everyone of them snored, it was like a snoring symphony! One guy was in the lead, because it was so loud, i'm surprised he slept through it himself! It wasn't too bad when the train was moving because the noise of the track drowned it out a little, but the train stopped often and the snoring seemed to be louder than ever! I actually had to leave the carriage a few times, because if i kept hearing the noise, i was going to go insane! So i didn't get any sleep, but was surprisingly ok the next morning when we got to hampi. We actually got the train into Hospet, and then took a rickshaw to Hampi.
We found a nice little guesthouse, dumped our stuff and got some breakfast. We then took a walk around Hampi. It's a really nice place, it has lots of temples, and the surrounding area is littered with massive eroded boulders. The river is really nice too - it looks clean, but i doubt it is! We just wandered around the town that day and did a bit of shopping as the shops were really nice. On one of our walks we saw something really gross! A little kid, maybe about 3 years old, took off his shorts and was running around waving them about his head. Then, he squatted down right there in the street at the side of the road where everyone walks and pushed out what looked exactly like a chocolate Mr Whippy ice cream! Then, along came a puppy, sniffed around his bum, and started to eat the mr whippy poo!! It was so gross!!
Later that day we bumped into Louise and Dave who we had met in Mysore, and went to watch the sunset with them that evening, and then went out for dinner. Alcohol is illegal in Hampi, and so is meat, as it is such a sacred place. So we had a quiet one!
The next day we met with Louise and Dave and hired bicycles to see the surrounding temples. Having done no exercise for a very long time, it was a shock to the system trying to cycle up hills on bikes with no gears! But we only had to get off and push the bike up the hill once..!! the temples were impressive, and an added bonus was that it was World Heritage Week, so we didn't have to pay the 250 rupees to get in, it was all free for the whole week! After a day of cycling and sightseeing, we went to a restaurant which is called the Mango Tree, and it has a really nice view over the river and really relaxing so we spent the rest of the afternoon in there.
We had one more day in Hampi, and just wandered, there's nothing much more to do there once you've seen all the sights! The next day we had the early morning train back to Goa - see Palolem blog!