I found a great flight on Emirates, a fantastic airlines that treats even economy as in the good old days of pre-low-cost flying. Thanks Emirates for renewing my faith in airplanes!
|How kind of them!|
2. ARRIVE IN BANGALORE
My hotel, the Goldfinch on Crescent Road, is a 4-star hotel that cost me 4999 rupees, I think. That's about 65 euros. It was really very nice. They upgraded me to a superior executive room which had a bathroom as big as Ohio.
|Room at the Goldfinch Hotel, Bangalore|
Once settled in, I what sapped my virtual biker friend Rudra Raaven Mahanti, who came over to meet up with me on Bholu, his trusty Royal Enfield. We ended up having lunch there, and a good lunch it was, too. He taught me how to eat biriyani with my fingers!
I chose an Indian breakfast at the hotel: idles and sambar and stuff. Very nice indeed.
But first, a bit of lunch at the 24hr Tiffin Restaurant. They served me this fantastic thali for 300 rupees. Very yum!
+saif nalband , at a place called Mickey's. So I wandered up the beach and asked some guys and they took me to it, where Saif came and rescued me from too much beer ;-)
The cooks were just starting to make the flatbread in the coal oven.
|The one on the left is a cool dude. The bald guy, where did he come from? hehehe|
It was cool to see the beautiful old Portuguese colonial villas still there, some lovingly fixed up, some a bit down on their luck. But all showed a quality of life that is hard to beat in India.
|I think I'll stay here next time. It looked nice. The Skylark Resort, Colva Beach.|
I then had some breakfast and my driver showed up to take me to Vagator Beach, in North Goa, where Javier was zonked out at our bungalow (he had just arrived at 3am from Qatar).
3. VAGATOR BEACH, GOA. Rider Mania 2014
First things first. A Kingfisher.
As you can see, a light snack.
So on we walked, about 3 blocks, to the event.
|A golden bullet!|
|Hardship at the hotel|
|Goa. My kinda place!|
|G&T's before bed|
After breakfast we went for a swim on the beach. Very nice!
|Pomfret, my favorite fish!|
Next part: Kolhapur and Pune and back to Bangalore. Coming soon!