Anton, a motorcycle connoisseur, was itching to hop back onto his rented Royal Enfield (he actually drove the bike, in one day, from Goa to Hampi) so I was able to convince Xiker to rent a motorbike for the day. It was more like a scooter than a motorcycle, really, but no less thrilling to me.
The worldly Harm (born in Singapore to Dutch folks, carries a Canadian passport and lives in Australia) joined us and brought the total to an even number of 6.
The village of Hampi is smack dab in the middle of an area that was once the Vijayanagara Empire, a great civilization that was at its peak around the 13th century. The ruins we saw cover about 26 sq km, and it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Harm, a geologist, supplemented those history lessons with a detailed explanation of how the rock hills came to be, millions of years ago. He was also able to tell us which kind of rocks were used to form the temples and buildings.
All in all it was a day of shutterbugging and learning (and ok, forgetting, on my part). We hit up more temples and ruins than I could keep track of, so here.