Goodbye ChiangMai, Hello Pai

So yeah, i spend 40 days in Chiang Mai!
Meditating, Massaging, Bone-cracking, Visa-Waiting, Face-rubbing and TokSen-ing (i have no idea how to describe this! Its like hammering a wooden stick on the muscle. Despite the sound of this, it is so relaxing everybody i treated fell asleep πŸ™‚ )

But now its enough, i moved on – to Pai!
And it is very beautiful! The first 2h here i was in awe, moving around with an open mouth and unable to concentrate on finding a place to eat,
then i stopped, but only because it was dark
Pictures:

The road from Chiang Mai to Pai has 762 curves, and i actually got a little sick …maybe it was the food i ate before
So i just drank a lot of water, to get rid of the feeling.
So much that i had to go to the toilet very bad for the second half of the drive πŸ˜€ at least i did not think about the curves anymore.

Now i am staying in a really nice place, that has cool bungalows, a pool, free breakfast and a circus school, so maybe i will start learning some firestuff πŸ™‚

Yeah so i am looking forward to bathing in the hot springs, because it gets really cold at night, i am freezing right now…what is this, i cannot wear shorts and tshirt at 10pm? 20degrees? COLD!!

I really like the vegetarian food here, i hope to pick up some nice recipes…maybe if you want i can make a recipe special πŸ™‚

Tipps for visa extension:
Chiang Mai immigration opens at 8am ( be there at 7.00-7.30 because you will wait very long.) and has a lunch break.
I was there at 8.30, and got to the counter at 15.30 :/
so bring time
There is a copyshop w/ picture possibility so don’t worry you just need your passport.

 

So long Ole
p.s. Answers to the postcard quiz
1)All of the Ladys were boys
2)The pictures showed an Escalator in chinatown…i think it has not been in use for the last 20 years πŸ˜€
3) Every Answer was right πŸ˜›

p.p.s. I figured something outΒ :

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coolest guy in Hampi; the paradise Gokarna

Second Post in a row…[ i hope this doesn’t become a habit to bombard you with a huge amount of input and the be silent for a long time πŸ™‚ ]

I forgot to tell you about one of the great persons in Hampi!!
His name is Gali, and he is an amazing musician.
I traded my melodica for the selfbuilt travel didgeridoo, which sounds amazing.
IMG_0900At sunset we made music together, and everybody was invited to play along and use the instruments he brought.

Gokarna:
I took the bus from Hospet to Ankola and saw this popcon seller with 6 fingers:IMG_0902

and arrived there at 00:30 in the night.
The bus to Gokarna would go at 5:30… :/
So what should i do?
A Tuktuk driver asked me if i needed a riksha for 700-600rup. but i said it was to much, so he handed me a card of a guesthouse he wanted me to stay.
I assumed it was his guesthouse, so i asked him, if he would take me there for free, if i took a room.
After 60km of driving we reached the guesthouse and i noticed, that this surely wasn’t his guesthouse, because it was way to big and fancy.
And indeed, he asked me for 600 rupees, he simply did not understand what i said. So after 10 minutes of diskussion i gave him a 500 note, we agreed on 300 rupees, but he charged 350…because of tips! Well, ok…what for?
When i asked him to repeat the words: “I don’t understand” he didn’t understand, and the security guard who was “translating” the argument didn’t either…so if you meet a riksha driver who offers you a free ride, be careful that he actually understands what you are asking from him πŸ™‚

I slept in the guest house…things happen and it is no need to worry afterwards, and when i woke up i got rewarded!
Om Beach – Gokarna:
IMG_0903This was worth it!
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In Hampi i heard from some people, that there is paradise beach, where you can camp on the beach and apparently there was a nice atmosphere.
so i walked from Om beach…
You pass beaches before reaching Paradise with great names.
Halfmoon and petit paradis.

I did not reach paradise for 2 further days, untis i swam there, but this is a different story πŸ˜€
I met some guys sitting around a fire making coffee

IMG_0907The two standing french guys were leaving the day i arrived, so i overtook their camp in petit paradis. (actually we made up this name but don’t tell anybody, eventually it will get established πŸ˜‰ )
It was Awesome!!! I will go there again for a longer time period, and i can recommend it to anybody!
IMG_0911the first setup (the little water is freshwater, which i filtered with the pump, my mother kindly gave me πŸ™‚ )IMG_0909the hammock, i moved it later on, because, if you want to sleep in a hammock, put it as streched as possible or you will strain your back and not find any sleep!

IMG_0908and if you don’t have one of these…you won’t either πŸ˜‰IMG_0913the camp ( the hammock was moved under the washing line)IMG_0914view from the beachIMG_0915the beach.
it was really cool, the stones were only in the front, in the water, there was smooth sand.
Also the freshwater well poured in the sea and formed small little streams, which were fun to play with!!IMG_0912when you are living in the jungle, you become very creative!
i also started to make coconut bowls (when you come to gokarna, buy some rough sand paper…you wont regret it)

Of course there are very touristic, yet relaxed beaches Halfmoon, Om or Kudli become more and more touristic, the closer you come to Gokarna.
A lot of small guesthouses with restaurants.
Because not everybody wants to stay in the jungle.
In fact i wondered why people call it the jungle…it is just a forest, isn’t it?

IMG_0905Giant butterfly’s in all different colorsIMG_0917praying mantises IMG_0918IMG_0922IMG_0919bullfrogs the size of a small catIMG_092310 different kinds of ants, from 5mm to 4cm

Snakes, mungos, monkeys….
IMG_0927This was Lior, my good neighbor from Israel.
Me and him one day were sunken in thought watching the fire, boiling coffee, not moving.
When all of the sudden he jumped, and i jumped too…the snake jumped too..everybody got a shock, the snake just as well as us two πŸ˜€
1,20 m and 5cm diameter, the biggest wild living snake i have seen so far…i still don’t know if it was poisonous or not, but it was an intense experience to have a wild snake (which might be poisonous) 50cm away from you.
On the picture it was on the wall next to Lior.

We had different visitors, drinking tea and coffee, cooking having fun.
One polish guy convinced me to swim with him to paradise, i had not been there as i said before.
It is only 10 minutes swim and very cool.

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A small history of paradise:
Adam and Eve tasted of the apple tree, because the snake asked them to, god threw them out, because he wanted to have all the apples for himself.
So they went to gokarna, because coconuts, ananas, bananas and mangoes are better anyways πŸ˜›

I stayed there the last night for full moon having a very nice jam session with a group of russians, who brought all kinds of cool instruments.

go there and stay at least one night at the beach! bring some food, and share it with somebody, they will have pots and everything so don’t worry about it.
If you don’t have or don’t want to buy a mosquito net, buy some mosquito coils and some Odomos, and you will not have a problem!

So long Ole
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