The Indian toilet/Getting sick in India

All the advice online and in guide books for staying healthy in India says:

  • Don’t eat street food
  • Don’t eat anything that’s not steaming hot
  • Don’t drink tap water
  • Don’t consume drinks with ice
  • Don’t eat fruits and vegetables that you don’t peel yourself
  • Don’t brush your teeth with tap water
  • Wash your hand often
  • Only eat at busy restaurants
  • Avoid salads and fruit juices

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Mysore: City of Palaces

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Mysore is a small city of 800,000 people (well, small for India) in the far south of the state of Karnataka.  It is known as the City of Palaces and is also reported to be the 2nd cleanest city in India.

The highlights here have been:

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The Overnight Train

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The overnight train was like heaven compared to the overnight bus.  Again, we were assigned beds, each one about 6 feet long by 2.5 feet wide and we did NOT have to share a bed (yay! Team Train for the win!).  The ride was pretty smooth and everyone was quiet as a mouse. Lights were turned off, but each bed had a personal lamp if you wanted to use it.  Our coach also had AC and I was actually pretty cold, although we were provided with clean sheets, wool blankets, and little pillows.  It was a MAJOR step up from the sleeper bus.  Overall it was really easy, especially since my stop was the end of the line so there was no confusion about where to get off.

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A Night Out

A Night Out

We found out about some live music at a restaurant here in Hampi and decided to check it out.
The performers were both backpackers, traveling around with their instruments and putting on free shows in each town they visit.
He is from Spain.
She is from England.
He plays the guitar.
She plays the accordion, flute, and recorder.
They both sing in Spanish and English.
They played a salsa song and this Indian couple got up and just tore up the “dance floor”, looking like a professional salsa dance team.  Every eye was on them and the restaurant owner even turned on the lights and employees were video taping it on their phones.  At the end of the song, the whole place erupted into cheers and applause.
It was awesome.

Happy, Healthy, and HOT in Hampi

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Happy, Healthy, and HOT in Hampi

Hampi is famous for its ancient ruins and boulder-strewn landscape.  It was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century and was home to half a million inhabitants and 1500 elephants.  It’s currently population is less than 3000 and there’s only one elephant.  It is divided into a Royal Center, where the Vijayanagara King and Queen lived, and a Sacred Center, which is where most of the temples are located.  Most of it is free to explore, but you can also hire guides and do various types of tours.  Aside from being fascinating and gorgeous, it is also hotter than hell in Hampi.

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