If some one challenges me about passing my transcripts, I will bypass him in the route. Thats what I did. I went to Belgaum last weekend to get my transcripts. Took lots of pictures of the university, just to show to people who graduated from there, and managed to never see the campus. Good place, VTU!
Next day i was traveling.
Started at 9 and went to Hubli via Dharwad. This place Dharwad has so many colleges, engineering, medical etc etc... all on the one road that I traveled through.
From Hubli, I got into a bus to Kumta, the nearest point to Gokarna. This crappy bus crawled and crawled. I felt like I was traveling in Bangalore during peak hour traffic. huh! finally got off the crawler and got into another bus to Kumta. From Kumta, another bus to Gokarna.
It was 7 pm and already dark. I asked directions to walk to OM beach, the famous one. People including firangs who live there advised me to take a rickshaw. Everybody knows all the rates at this small town. I got charged 120 rupees for a ride to another side of a hill, which would have been a 40 rupees ride in Bangalore. By walk the beach is 4km away, ie if you walk up the cliff from the beach.
anyway I just checked into the shack. The tourist season begins mid-october. Remember! thats why I was charged 400 rupees for a shack-with-a-bathroom. "Namaste" has other shacks for 150 rupees, but with common bathrooms shared with 10 other people.
Omlette at the beach resturant and a walk on the beach... too good!!!!
Woke up next morning and went to the beach resturant. Thats a walk down the cliff. There were already firangs, lazing around. I took a walk on the beach, all the way to the other end of OM beach, sat at another shack cafe and had lime tea. Walked back and had Museli with fruits for breakfast. I started feeling like a lazy firang hippie myself. No bathing, just eating and lying on the beach. Too peaceful. :D
Then I start walking up the cliff to Kudle beach. Felt more peaceful there. More hippes, more good food, more G
Thats like the end-of-day. Walked back to the town on the "sharp stones" path that firangs warned us against, last night. It was slightly slippery since it had rained a bit in the after noon. But the rainbow that came out was just too much. It made my day!
Bus ride back from Gokarna via Honnavar, Shimoga sucks. I have never been thrown around and bumped and jostled like that, ever. Dont ever take Rajhamsa. Came to office with a half broken back today, more peaceful than ever.