So after a long hiatus (got cancelled kinda like Futurama, but then Comedy Central brought us back on the air!) were back! A couple of weeks ago I left on a nine day tour of Karnataka, the state I’ve been living in for the last two moths. So for your reading pleasure I will recount the tales of awe and delight, terror and misfortune, and lastly something dramatic and something even MOAR dramatic!
On our first night we took an hour long bus ride from Manipal (our tiny university town) to Mangalore (one of the largest sea ports in the region). An hour long bus ride in India can be REALLY draining if you’re not used to it, so by the time I got to the airport in Mangalore a comfy airplane seat was most requited. After a short plane ride (and my knife getting taken away by security :/), TADAH! We had arrived in Bangalore (Bengaluru)! Heres a pic of one of my friends as we go through the Bangalore Gate.
That night we crashed in random guest hostel (the name of which totally slips my mind), then the next morning we got to drive through Bangalore and finally I got to see some remnant of graffiti in India with this delightful addition to this sun.
After getting breakfast we went to the Legislative Assembly and got to see most of the building. The Legislative Assembly is the state government of Karnataka and its HUGE! We got to see all the different Ministerial offices and finally got to go into the Assembly Room. It was gigantic, room for more than 225 Members of the Legislative Assembly to preside. It was amazing going through and watching as the age old technique of binding stacks of paper together with string was used to keep track of the enormous bureaucracy of a government agency.
I got to make a friend with a trashcan! These were all over the place at the Legislative Assembly building, so for once there was a place without piles of litter! Hurrah!
Later that night we got to unload all of our stuff at the famous and ritzy Bangalore Club. This club has been the center of high-life in Bangalore for over a century. Even Winston Churchill spent some time at the club and left with a debt of 13 rupees! Heres a picture of me pointing to his name with my nose. The place was really nice and well furnished and it was great getting a hot shower for once!
For dinner that evening the whole Study Abroad Program (SAP) group went out to dinner at this restaurant near the 13th Floor (Bangalore’s best bar). We had a table that looked out from the 13th floor across the beautiful night sky of Bangalore, a city of outstanding nightlife. This was the first time that I had the chance to get a beef steak my whole time in India, so while I have been tending towards a vegetarian cuisine, but this was a delicious and delightful meal! Beef and I had a long separation, but that just made our reunion so sweet!
The next day we went around town and got coffee at Cafe Coffee Day (Starbucks equivalent-ish) then went to the Botanical Gardens of Bangalore. There were some really awesome gardens and a beautiful pond, but here we have the SAP crew gathered together under a HUGE tree that we came to just before happening upon a massive undulating crowd of pigeons.
The trees grew so tall and in clusters so close they would blot out the sun, heres one of my favorite pictures of the day.
Later on we went to Tipu Sultan’s summer palace where he would hold court. Tipu Sultan would sit over his court to the left and oversee the whole spectacle. There used to be tigers and other wild animals chained up on the lawn and Tipu Sultan was an avid fan of tiger hunting, you know REAL MAN stuff (beeteedubs there’ll be some sick pics from Tipu Sultans other palace later on in our story).
And from there we got on the train off to Hampi. Thus concluded our time in Bangalore! It was crazy being in the city after staying in Manipal for so long, but geez was that needed!
Next time on Tales From Travel Week! Episode 2 Hampi at 3/5 of a Kilometer in 10 Seconds