12/2/15 - 15/3/15 7 °C
Well that didn't last long, did it? I'm now back in Bath having had to return home after the bag containing my passport, money, bank cards, phone, camera, tablet and other belongings was stolen while I was in a restaurant in Hospet, Karnataka, waiting to get the night bus to Bangalore. Yes, I know, all my eggs in one basket. Really stupid of me, but lesson learnt, I hope.
That happened on Thursday 12 March. The next few days were an absolute nightmare and only thanks to the generosity of a few people I met did I manage to get through it with my sanity intact - I think. As it was I went three days without a morsel of food as all the money I had needed to be spent on hotels. Eventually, my brother, bless him, managed to get some cash wired to me in Bangalore and the long process of returning to Mumbai, arranging an emergency travel passport, an exit permit and a flight home began. I arrived home on the morning of Wednesday 4th March and have since been trying to put my life back together again. Now, in the middle of March, I am getting there. I am able to laugh about what happened and am planning to get back on the road as soon as I can. This time I'll skip the Indian leg of my journey and fly to Bangkok and then Burma. Other than a few minor changes I hope to pick up my itinerary and carry on, this time taking more care and just a hint of paranoia. Possibly, I'll pick up the Indian leg after Japan or maybe leave it for another day. Whatever happens, I definitely want to go back.