Tuesday, September 29, 2009



What an amazing place Hampi is! The crew and I stayed on the main bazaar side of the river for a few days and checked out the town then crossed the river to the Hampi Island side where I promptly fell in love with the place and have decide3d not to leave at all and just stay here and boulder for 4 months. Being seperated from the rest of the holy city by the river that can only be crossed in 1 boat (if it is running at all) makes things a bit more relaxed over here. We moved into the Goan Corner which is open but only partially while they finish renovations for the busy season, so we have a nice newly renovated room with an amazing view but for the moment have to walk a mile or so to go get food, but its not so bad. I have managed to get out bouldering a few times and my shoulder is feeling good! I am bouldering one session every second day and still doing rehab work and other stuff in the interim and hopefully that will help build up the strength in it well so I can boulder hard in another month or so, just need to take care of it and not rush myself. But all signs are pointing to Hampi being great fun all round... between the bouldering, the amazing views, the great people, the swimming hole, the rafting with the crocodiles and the adventurous mid monsoon storm rickshaw racing, things are looking to be a blast here!!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

More Hampi Pics...

Some more Hampi photos for your viewing pleasure folks :)

Laura and Lois looking out over the Hanuman Temple

Laxmi the holy elephant

Will waiting for the river crossing

Waiting for the river crossing

Typical Hampi view

Lois walking to the boulders

Hampi bouldering

Will slacklining

A 24 hour what? Just what I needed!

Read the sign... we haven't seen crocodiles yet, but the locals reckon they dont bother you when your swimming... I hope they are right!

The swimming hole

Love this shot of Will haha

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Heading East


It's funny how your opinion of a place is entirely dependant on your experience. You can have a bad experience in an amazing place and form a bad opinion of it or have a good experience in a terrible place and have a high opinion of it. Goa was half half. It was a nice enough place and I had a good time with nice people. Day trips to different beaches, fun nights playing guitar and drinking Rum on my rooftop, general good times. But all good things must come to an end and with my friends Laura and Lois making a last minute extension to their time in India by changing flights we joined our other friends Dave and Will on a very last minute overnight bus to Hampi. Things started poorly.We all bused it with the locals from Anjuna to Mapusa then in some typical Indian style chaos Lois, Laura, Will and I ended up losing Dave and got herded onto a bus to Panjim where our overnight to Hampi would leave from. With all the bags aboard and no Dave in sight as the bus headed out of town Will lept from the bus as it slowed down at a round about to go find Dave and get him to Panjim while Laura, Lois and I were left with 5 peoples luggage to carry around then guard in the dark at the random back street bus station in Panjim. Finally the two boys turned up and reunited we all got aboard the sleeper bus to Hampi. Now I know I will be in Hampi bouldering for some months from November but this is just a fun 'tourist' stop with friends and a bit of a reconnosaince mission so I am familiar with the area when I come back. Today we have done sweet nothing apart from wander around town, register at the police station and buy the girls appropriate clothes... being a Holy City they cant really wear their skirts and singlet tops they wore in Goa without getting arrested haha.We will all hang out here for a week or so then I will head to the East coast to Chennai for a possible mission to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands! So much choice of destinations I dont know what to do!

Anjuna sunsets

Will on the sleeper bus

Dave getting cut throat shaved in Hampi

India, land of colour

The Hampi Bazaar

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Go to India!


Namaste (again) bitches!!!
Ah India... the land of colour and chaos. I had a fairly uneventful flight from London sitting next to a nice girl who was flying on the same connections as me to India and direct to Goa, the beachside party capital of India where her fiance picked us up from the Military airport (getting out of a plane infront of an Indian perched amoungst sandbags pointing a 20mm machine gun at you is an unsettling introduction to any airport...) at Goa and drove us on up to Calangute where I waited for buses to the beach of Anjuna, in the end I grabbed a taxi and was all checked into a little beachside room and relaxing with my feet up and a cold beer in hand as I watched a gorgeous sunset, the sun blazing orange and red as it slipped into the distant horizon of the India Ocean.
Anjuna Beach is interesting... if squalid is interesting. Its a 'sort of' pretty beach but the years of it being a party capital have obviously taken its toll with dilapidated building falling apart everywhere, trash (although thats not unusual seeing as this is India) and an all over run down look... and being low season there are few people around which is nice as the few people here have the place to ourselves. I don't think I will stay here long, just a few days to chill, maybe a week then probably head south to Palalem or maybe all the way to Ghorkana... we'll see... but for now it's nice enough to just relax a bit here first.


So despite it not being the prettiest beach in the world I am slowly becoming quite enamoured by Anjuna. It has been a fun couple of days. I met some nice people and we all got motorbikes and headed off up the coast for the day to Arambol, a pretty beach about a 40 minute ride from here. We dranks banana milshakes, ate fresh seafood, body surfed in the waves and generally had a great day. Today we are off to try and find the famous Anjuna Wednesday Markets to do a little shopping and general time wasting for a lazy day. I am still not going to stay long here I think, but probably till the end of the weekend then off to somewhere new... I'll keep you all posted!

Waiting for a bus to Anjuna from Calangute

Sunset from my room... jealous much?

Street cows

The restraunt at my place, sunset views and cheap Banana Rum Milkshakes :)

Ah, sunsets...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Leaving on a jet plane...


So not much is going on at the moment... been a lazy week in London hanging out at the Hostel I am staying at, lunch's with my friend Ruthie, Dinner one night with my cousin Jess as well as lazy time with my new guitar... yep, I bought a nice new guitar and a hard case for taking it on planes, so now I can be a total hippie on the beaches of Goa with my guitar... can't wait :)

I fly out of London tonight so I will be on the Inidan beaches tomorrow afternoon... hopefully with more interesting news and photos soon!

Sunday, September 6, 2009



So things went from bad to great to bad again.
After some amazing days bouldering in Fontainebleau my shoulder injury started playing up again and to top it off I have an injury in my other shoulder now too. So no more climbing for me for a while... back to the rehab action for me.
So Rob and I headed on up to Paris to help Sophie move into her new apartment and we hung out here for the weekend seeing some of the sights then for me its off to London this afternoon. I am sacking off Kalymnos seeing as I cant climb and instead I am going to go India and relax on the beaches of Goa and Ghorkana to rehab my injuries in the hope that I can boulder in Hampi later this year. Heres hoping!
So for now it is the end of the adventures of Rob and Duncan as I head to London and Rob is off to Kalymnos... but Im sure there will be more shenanigans together one day :)
Heres a few more Font photos and some from Paris...

Rod trying to fix the dent in our hire car

Rob at Bas Cuvier

More stereotypical Font slopers

Rob at Bas Cuvier

The Eiffel Tower

Outside the Louvre

The Arch de Triumph

Notre Dame

The Paris Underground

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More photos from Fontainebleau!

Cafe outside the old Palace in Fontainebleau

Mmmm... Cafe au Lait

Warming up at Franchard Isatis


Quintessential Font Sandstone

Slopey topouts are the name of the game

But there are also the slabs...

And the crimpy faces...

Rob in out little hotel room

Me with our "4 euro for 5 litres" plastic cask of wine and the Sangria we make from it :)