Friday, January 1, 2016
For some reason I decided to go to Greece for two weeks just after Christmas. I stayed in Athens for a couple days and then took a ferry to the island of Santorini. I have been to Santorini in the summer when it is overflowing with tourists, during the winter months the island is almost entirely deserted other than some adventurous tourists and year round residents who keep the island alive. It was a peaceful and most interesting time to be here, which is precisely why I wanted to come in the middle of winter. It was a little windy, rainy and cold and I must admit I questioned myself more than once why I traded the sunny Indian beaches for cold Greek islands. After spending new years in Santorini I went to Naxos, the largest island in the Cyclades and then went back to Athens and made my way up north to the famous Meteora.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Hampi-Kerala-Goa. I took a night train from Hampi to Mysore without too much thought where I would go after Mysore, had a general plan to go further South to Kerala. When in Mysore I found out that if I wanted to take a train to Kerala I would have to backtrack and go to Bangalore first, then transfer to a train from there. That is what I decided to do. After 3 days in Mysore I got on a late morning commuter train to Bangalore to connect with a train to Kochi, a large port city in the state Kerala and spent a few days exploring.