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Hampi is a place that should be described visually, not with words. Or with music:

Press play. And then start reading. 

 

I brought you something close to me,
Left for something you see though your here.
You haunt my dreams
There's nothing to do but believe,
Just Believe.
Just Breathe.

To get to the restaurant last night, I had to walk through a banana plantation

A nice ambiance at the Mango Tree restaurant

 

I woke up the next morning to see Lakshmi the elephant take a bath by the river:

 

Then we explored a bit of Hampi before reuniting for an alfresco dinner at the Mango Tree.

Vittala Temple

A dog guards the ruins

Vittala Temple just got served

Hello!

Crossing Hampi’s river

Lotus Mahal

Queen’s Baths

Elephant Stables

An ACTUAL banana leaf! with baby bananas.

Friends I’ve made at Hampi (from l to r): Fiona, Natasha, Holly and Claire

The view from our dinner table

The view at night

Celebrating Fiona’s birthday

Hampi by night

 

Tomorrow morning I’m catching a 6am train to Goa with 2 friends I made earlier this morning. Both are 30-something teachers, one from Scotland and the other from Ireland. 

When we realized we were all heading to Goa at the same time, we decided to get train tickets together. Let’s see how this all plays out…

– At time of posting in Hampi, India, it was 86 °F
Humidity: 66% | Wind Speed: 24km/hr | Cloud Cover: Haze