Hampi and a Fantastic Fu Manchu

Hampi and a Fantastic Fu Manchu

When we left the states in January, we had little idea of where we would end up. We planned the first month of travel, but flexibility and last minute decision making has rendered us our most cherished experiences.

India was just one of those experiences.

We ended up in India after clicking with a wonderful couple whom we dove with on the Great Barrier Reef in February. Four days out at sea can really solidify new friendships and by the end of the excursion we had an open invitation to stay with them in India.

Seeing that Chris and I haven’t passed up an invite yet, we quickly started reworking the schedule to fit India into our plans.

Jackie and Aron are from the United States but currently living and working in Bangalore. Jackie started a social enterprise called Essmart about 3 years ago (they help get renewable energy-type products to rural areas) and the two of them have been living there full-time for 2 of them. Since their move Aron, a mechanical engineering (and master tinkerer – he rebuilt both of Chris and I’s broken watches), has also started his own company, a consulting group called Psych Design (their website is pretty awesome…).

Outside of the badassery of running companies in a foreign country, the two of them have quite the travel resume. Shortly after meeting they rode motorcycles from Denmark down through Europe and into Western Africa on a several thousand kilometer journey which was at one point interrupted by a crash and eventual knee surgery (they resumed the trip 3 months later).

They’ve also done a bit of solo travel – Jackie hitchhiked through Africa for two years (!) and Aron became fluent in Spanish by some combination of travel between Central America and Spain. They’re the type of people that make you feel like you still have a lot of work to do…

Being with Aron and Jackie during our time in India allowed us to see beautiful places we may have otherwise missed.

Hampi is just one of those places.

Located about eight hours north of Bangalore, Hampi is home to hundreds of ancient temples strewn across the rocky hills of the region.

We peddled from from one temple to the next the first day and stopped to take a few (way more than a few) amazing shots.

**Cue pictures**

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Joy riding with my crew

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Parking it at one of the first temples of the day

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Goats… everywhere.

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Never uncommon in India to pass cows anywhere and everywhere

Oh and did I happen to mention that Chris was trying out a Fu Manchu look??

And it was awesome.

 

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Yup thats a Fu Manchu… who knew that Fu Manchu was an actual dude? Aron is not impressed.

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Posing in front of the main temple

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Chris, Aron and Jackie on Shoeless Saturday

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Dark clouds make for epic pictures

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Epic elephant stables.

And we had some fun with the pano app on the iphone… it’s worth clicking on the pictures below to see the whole photo.

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Beautiful house near the elephant stables

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Exploring with our wonderful hosts

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Crossing a steep rock face… not made for biking

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Chris loving life with his sweet hat and mustache

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Just missing Toto in the basket

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Overlooking laundry day atop a small temple

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Posing with my manchu

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Strolling through the temples, just another day for goat herders in the area

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Green parrots chilling in the tower

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Our fearless leader, Jackie, atop some ruins

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Aron and I just kickin’ it

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Just a couple of foreigners in India

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Chris’ favorite picture from the weekend

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Breathtaking sunset on the first day

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Squad.

But peddling gets tired of course and so our second day we picked up some motors and hit the town!

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This shot pretty much sums up the day.

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Everyday life.

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These two are awesome.

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Monkeys everywhere! Cute little baby on board though.

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Cleaning the tractor… how else would you do it?

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Biker gang.

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Riding along the lake.

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Athlete.

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Beautiful Indian sky.

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Love this picture and these people.

Posted by on August 21, 2015

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