Ah, holidays… the best days there are. Especially when I get to spend them in India (without an upset stomach, that is.)!
This vacation I decided to bring Sephora by OPI Ocean Love Potion with me, and of course, Cover Band Sticks’n'Stones. I took Sticks’n'Stones to Paris with me, and I realized that it is better than cement on your nails – it makes manicures last for days! That’s why it is now my travel polish. It may go whereever I go! (Let’s not forget the obvious fact that I like this polish and find it to match almost everything)
Anyhow. This time around, we decided to visit Hampi. Hampi is a small village, in earlier times it was the capital of a whole kingdom, housing 100x more inhabitants than today. The temple area is huge, with temples spread out all over the hills, which are plastered with round granite rocks.
We stayed in Hampi for two nights, so we’d have enough time to visit all the sights. In effect, one day of sightseeing is sufficient, if you stay on one side of the river. If you want to visit the temples on the other side of the river, you might want to add a day to your stay.
About the polish: Sephora by OPI Ocean Love Potion is a darker turquoise creme, which looks just a little bit dusty. I applied two coats, it went on smoothly, and I didn’t have any application issues.
Unfortunately, in the course of Hampi being declared a UNESCO world heritage site, the Indian Authorities decided to tear down the bazar in front of the temple - while that may be a good idea (provided all the laws were followed and the people were given compensation, both of which I have reason to doubt), it would have been a great idea to clean up the area. Instead, they just installed a provisional fence around the rubble (as if anyone would care that there is a fence!), and left if be for almost two years now. One’s gotta love good organisation.
The temples are beautiful nevertheless. I love the form of those mughal archways, and the scenery is amazing. The whole area is a hilly valley, with temples and a broad riverbed. The second day we were there, we went to see the Hanuman (Monkeygod) temple, which is all the way on top of a hill overlooking the valley.
The temple and view were wonderful, but let me tell you, climing the stairs up to the temple at noon is a horrible idea. I had literally turned into a water fountain when I reached the top. It was yucky. Also, there are too many monkeys on this hill! They steal the shop vendor’s bananas and run after the tourists. I don’t want to get rabies, so I’m crazy scared of the monkeys and scream while running away if they come to close.
When I went to the temple, I had put on sticks’n'stones over Ocean Love Potion. Isn’t the view amazing? We climbed up all that way, and we were completely finished when we were on top; imagine having to climb this up all the way every other day!