I was nearly driving a bus in India. Yes, a bus in India.
December 26, 2016
I haven’t found a good accommodation so far in India…
I could find cheap, clean, and nice ones in Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and everywhere in Asia.
Not a single hostel was good enough for me to stay another night, so I always stay at a hostel for one night and next day I sleep on the train. And last two weeks has past like this.
Agra, where the famous Taj Mahal is, had a variety of choices of hostels and I could find a relatively good one. I could sleep on a “not-so-scary bed” for 350 rupees, but still the hostel was not as good as the ones in other Asian countries.
(When I have to sleep on a “scary bed”, I put my sleeping bag on the bed. I already got hundreds of insect bites on my back in the Philippines before coming to India, and I don’t want anymore.)
Well, I think trip in India is good only for a month and not any longer.
I will get stressed if I stay longer, I imagine. I can come back for a month again when I miss India, you know?
So I got on a bus from Goa to Hampi around 8:30 pm.
It was Sleeper Bus!! This is wonderful!! I actually wished we had this kind of bus in Japan.
I went to bathroom when we had a break, but I had to go back to the bus to pick up 10 rupees because I had to pay to use the bathroom.
Then, the bus driver told me we already ran out of time, so we had to go.
“We’ll stop somewhere soon for you so you can pee on the field. Sit here and wait,” he said.
So I sit next to him instead of my seat. The driver and I had some chat and I actually enjoyed the thrill of watching the bus goes over the speed limit (not sure if the speed limit exists in India, though)
Then finally, the bus stopped and I went to pee. When I came back to the bus, the driver asked me to sit next to him again.
I was not sleepy and he stopped the bus for me…so I decided to have another little chat with him for a bit, and I sat next to him.
Then the conductor, a young Indian guy, gave me a can of beer and said “Let’s drink!”
“He might make me drunk and do something bad…?” I suspected.
The can was not open so there must be no drug in it. I never get drunk for just one can of beer. And if something bad happens, I can scream and ask for help to tourists who are sitting right behind us.
I couldn’t hold my curiosity (and thirst for beer lol), and we said “Cheers!”
By the way, the driver was not drinking of course!
We sang Japanese songs and Indian songs, and we had a good time for a while.
Then bus driver asked me “hey, you drive!!”
I drive the bus???????
“It’s alright! I help you! You take the wheel!”
NO! IT IS NOT ALRIGHT!!!!
I kept refusing, but he was insisting.
So I decided to go back to my seat though the driver and the conductor tried to stop me.
Even after that, the conductor came to wake me up and said “hey, the driver is calling you.” And the driver came to me “hey, you and I talk again!”
It was so annoying…
Finally I lost my temper and refused them, and they never came back to me.
I am interested in knowing about their culture more, so I love interacting with locals. It’s always fun to talk with them. But…I found it very difficult to interact with Indians.
The bus driver tried to make me drive the bus.
I think I am not the only one to whom he offered this insane idea.
You have to risk your life when you travel in India by bus!
So, finally I made it to Hampi.
A community exists inside the ruins, which is registered as a World Heritage Site.
The bus terminal was right next to a temple, which reminded me of Prambanan Temple in Indonesia.
I found a place to stay and went out for breakfast.
OH MY GOD. THEY ARE SO CUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!
I think animals in India (cats, dogs, cows...) have beautiful look.
They are so adorable that I feel comforted after the tiring bus ride.
And this is the typical South Indian breakfast, Dosa!
The thin crepe-like dough has spicy potatoes and onions inside.
I was eating them every morning when I was in South India. They are so good!