i decided that i will fly back to austria to visit my friends and family for a bit. kai said he will join me so after the vipassana course and two nights were we did couchsurfing in the big and busy city mumbai it was time to make our way to the airport for our long journey to europe.
our visa expired on the 16th of december and our flight was in the morning of the 17th december so we thaught that it would be a good idea to go the night before to the airport and tell the airline our visa situation. Continue reading
my travels from hopset to GOA was by far the most fancy travel i had done in a long time. i booked an overnight sleeping-bus for tourists because it was the first time that i am travelling alone as a woman in india and a lot of people told me that i should always make sure that i am safe.
the bus left at 8 pm from hospet and arrived at 8 am in mapusa, GOA. i slept pretty much the whole time, i woke up a few times for a couple of minutes because of a speed bump or because i almost fall out off the bunk-bed when the bus was driving fast around a corner but thats it. i got a cold in the morning because there was aircon in the bus. i much prefer taking the local sleeping class in a train here in india but now i know better.
before i came to india i had two goals for my stay there:
i wanted to do a yoga training and i also wanted to attend another vipassana meditation course. i already did one in new zealand but unfortunately i hardly practiced the meditation anymore so i wanted to do another course to get back in a good routine. i chose india as country because its a meditation technique which started in india many years ago. before we came to india we applied for a vipassana course and we didn’t get an answer the next month so we thaught the course is already full. Continue reading
we catched the bus from KR nagar where we did a workaway-job to the next city called mysore. our train was leaving mysore in the evening so we had a view hours to kill.
there is a huge palace in the middle of the centre so we decided to have a walk around there. at the entrance there was a sign that we had to pay to get into the temple.
kai and i are both not the biggest fans of tourist attractions where you have to pay. the man at the counter told us that we can go in for free because he saw us discussing before. the palace is huge and very pretty.
we finally left the citylife after 5 days and caught a metro and a bus down south to our new workaway place which was close to mysor, in a place called KR nagar.
the metros in bangalore were really fancy and you even have to go through a security check to enter the metro-station. in the metros there are power-plugs and it looks like it could be somewhere in europe.
the bus down to mysor took us around 4 hours and the road was pretty terrible. speedbumps everywhere and the busdriver didnt really slow down before they came so we flew through the air all the time. Continue reading
this time we tried a new airline for our flight to india. the airline is called spiceyet and the flight number was SG2. it sounded like a fake-airline and we were both not sure if this airline really exists.
our flight was at 2 am in the morning from sri lanka and it took us only 2 hours until we arrived in chennai, india. i slept the whole flight luckily because normally i can never sleep in planes.
i tried to buy a sim card on the airport in india but everything was closed because it was 5 in the morning and it was diwali, which is a big festival of lights in india and the people celebrate it like we celebrate christmas back home. it is an important day here in india! Continue reading
when it comes to travelling, so many people think that you need a lot of money and you have to save up so much before you start to travel. that’s not true!
nowadays there are soo many ways to travel for almost no money.. it only depends on you – how much luxury, planning and structure you want to have.
it’s almost impossible to travel to another country for little money if you have high expectations and need someting fancy and luxurous all the time..
there are so many great ways which you should know about if you want to travel somewhere with a small budget:
after a couple of surfdays we took the localbus to a place called dondra, which is on the southcoast and not far away from matara. i found a workaway job for us where a local guy who bought an old house two years ago and wants to rennovate it to build a hostel which has a great location because it very close to the beach. Continue reading
we left the animal-shelter after four days and took a tuk-tuk to kandy because the owner there told us that there is no train going from her place which was in peradeniya.
we went to the counter and wanted to buy the tickets to a place called ella which is in the mountains but the men told me that there is no train from kandy today and we have to go to peradeniya. Continue reading
after we brought my mum and sister to the airport we made our way to a new workaway place in peradeniya.
the owner of the hotel where we stayed the night drove us to the bus-station in town to catch the bus to the new place. after four hours of driving
through beautiful landscapes we finally arrived in peradeniya. i asked a tuk-tuk driver to call the number of the german lady who we were going to work for where he should bring us. it was another 15 minutes tuk tuk ride into the middle of nowhere. she lives up on a steep hill so we had to get out and push the tuk-tuk. it was very exhausting to go up that hill but we arrived shortly after our “hike”.