Monday, July 2, 2007
Hampi, as I'm sure you all know, was the center of the Vijayanagara Empire (pronounced laughably close to a part of the female anatomy). It was sacked over the course of 7 years during the 1500s so these days it's basically a ton of ruins, but what a impressive ton it is. This weekend trip has been by far the highlight of this trip thus far. We saw some great architecture, did some out-doorsy sort of stuff, and had a good time hanging out with fun people.
I must immediately proceed to give shout outs to a rad group of astro-physicists; we met Natalie, Nick and Sonnett on the train ride there, as they had initially been planning to travel with our friend Christian (MIA). I had a fantastic time. Everything we did was great, but highlights include bike riding from ruin to ruin, seeing the Jain temples, watching my friends get "blessed" by an elephant (pictured) and taking one of the sketchy-est boat rides of my entire life.
The trip also ended up being somehow perfect for pictures. The light was perfect for portraits and my friends were more than willing to oblige me by hamming it up in front of the lens. You really should check out these pictures if you get the chance. I know there are a lot, but I couldn't help myself (and this is only like a third of them).