Ben Around the World Diary – Day 69 – 19th January 2019

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 69 – 19th January 2019

– ODO- 8511-8596
– Location- Bangalore, Telangana, India
– Weather- 10- Thick smog

I left the hotel in the industrial district of Hosur at the usual 7 am. The hotel staff were all asleep on the sofas when I first came down the stairs. The smog was so thick that I could barely see the other side of the street from the hotel entrance. My last day on the bike for this leg and I was really looking forward to having an apartment again. The track led to a road which led to the highway. All I had to do was follow this road for 30km into the centre of town.

The fog cooled the air to 10 degrees. The coolest I’d been in India so far. A layer of water droplets built on the sleeves of my jacket and dripped from my helmet onto my phone screen making the map go haywire. Ahead of schedule, I stopped for Iddly and Vada at the first cafe I found. Pleased to find some real food not just sweet shops as I’d found in Tamil Nadu.

The highway became increasingly busy as I reached the centre around 10 am. Luckily it was a Saturday so the commuting traffic was slightly quieter than usual. I slipped into my Airbnb parking space and greeted the host. When I stop to work I like to have an apartment so I can get away from things in the evening. The apartment I’d chosen a few days before was suspicious in the photos for its lack of light. The host showed me to the “apartment”. It turned out to be just the reception area of a hotel like building. He showed me a flimsy screen which rolled over the kitchen area and separated the staff and other guests from the space. The windows were simply curtains over a solid wall. Oh, and they would be letting themselves into the apartment twice a day for puja. Not quite what I was after.

I said I was heading to breakfast and left the building. Through some searches, I came across Casa Cottage. There have been a few places in India that really stand out. In accommodation terms I mean. Casa Cottage is a grand converted house. In the centre of Bangalore while still seeming a quiet oasis thanks to being away from main roads in the centre of a block in Richmond town. I was instantly at home and quickly made arrangements to stay for the rest of the week. This place is on my favourites list.


Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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