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On Saturday night we got a sleeper coach to Hampi.  The sleeper compartments were very cosy and I was excited to be on the coach.  The air con was turned up so high that we were actually cold in the night.  We tried to relish this feeling though, aware that Hampi temperatures were 40°C and higher.  We stopped at around midnight for toilets, and food for people who wanted it (we avoided eating or drinking, no toilets on coach) then it was straight through until around seven am.  We took a Valium and slept for a few hours, waking up desperate for a pee, luckily the bus driver seemed okay with stopping at the side of the road for us.  Twice in the night (friendly) police came on to check for alcohol, as we had crossed from Goa into Karnataka which is a dry state.

Arriving at Hampi sleep deprived and with stomach cramps from having shut down our bodies for the trip, we were met with a big crowd offering us rickshaws to our guesthouse.  We declined and went off to find food; we met a local person who took us to his cafe and told us that we were staying on the other side of the river so would need to move back for the last night as the ferry doesn’t start early enough for us to catch our train out.  He showed us that we could walk to the ferry and walk from the other side to our guesthouse, plus he had rooms for the last night.

At the river the temple elephant was being given a ceremonial bath, this happens every morning.  It’s not just the temples in Hampi that are amazing, it’s also the river, the boulders, the landscape.  Our guesthouse is lovely, with a cool shaded veranda outside the rooms, complete with three cute kittens, and monkeys in the trees that come onto the patio and have to be shooed away.

Today we got up early and crossed over the river to look at the temples, the ruins and the huge boulders, and the many, many monkeys.  By about eleven it was almost too hot to walk on the stone floors barefoot.

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Warning:  Shameless self promotion section

During my flurry of activity before I left, I emailed Hay House (publishers) and asked if they might be interested in my story.  A few days ago I got an email back.  A real, personal email.  They are closed to submissions right now whilst they review the ones they have.  The person who wrote me the email suggested I submit a proposal when submissions reopen on 4th June.  They provided a link to their guidelines and some specific things for me to consider.

One of them dear reader, is my ‘author platform’, which is why I need to start making an effort to build this.  This is why I have been messaging my friends and asking them to follow the blog.  Thank you so much those of you who have done this!  If you follow me, it means you can ‘like’ posts, make comments and most of all, I will know you are reading, or at least might be reading, whereas if you don’t follow the blog I will have no idea.  (This also helps for not repeating myself in messages/emails!)

It is very nice to get new followers, to have people ‘like’ my posts and to see that my posts have been read.  It’s also great to engage with people in the comments section.  I hope that friends will get to know me better, and that I will continue to make new connections with people I don’t know already.

Up until now, its really just been about expressing myself and making connections.  That still stands, of course, but Hay House will look at how many followers I have, views and engagement, or so I imagine.  So if you read the blog regularly and enjoy it, please consider following me.  If there’s anyone you know that you think may like it, please tell them or share on social media!

How to follow me:  On WordPress, in the bottom right hand corner will be a little follow button, it tends to fade in and out or appear and disappear, but when it appears, click on it.  You will then be prompted to enter your email address, you’ll get an email that you’ll need to confirm and then all new posts will go straight to your inbox.

Thank you for reading!

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