Sheets and thongs....

Trip Start Oct 04, 2005
Trip End Mar 13, 2006

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Thursday, January 19, 2006


Welcome to Goa!! After arriving in the small town of Pernim Ant, Linds, Nick and I had a shit fight trying to get a taxi to Arambol, after arguing with a guy for about 10 minutes we finally came to an agreement and were on our way. We hadn't ventured more than a kilometre when the taxi stopped and in jumped the drivers 'dad and brothers'... at first we were a bit freaked - being 8.00pm at night, but there was nothing to worry about, he dropped them off 20 minutes into the journey.

We asked to be dropped at a certain guesthouse and told him that we'd already had a booking - though we hadn't. Trying his luck, after dropping us off he kept following us (another mug trying to get commission)... we tried to loose him, but 20 minutes later we were still walking around in circles and he was attached to us like bee to honey. A local hotel owner ended up coming out and told him to go away... finally we could get ourselves into a room.

As we were to soon find out, Arambol is a popular place. The only room the 4 of us could get was a 'hut', a kind of bamboo wall thing. With one bed, we were given a couple of mattresses for the floor... it was a cosy couple of days.

There's not much to really say about Arambol, as there's not a lot to do but relax and eat! I've been filling in my days with 2 hours of yoga, yummy salads for lunch, swimming, sunbathing, more eating, beer, more eating and most importantly RELAXING. The beach isn't the greatest I've been to, but you can swim and that's all that matters. We've been told that there is another beach and a lake somewhere around here, but we've to venture out so far - the only place we've been is the Anjuna markets.

Each Wednesday there's a market in the neighbouring village of Anjuna. It took us about 2 hours by bus to get there, a taxi would take around 40 minutes. These markets were huge, though most of the stuff on sale was repetitive. We spent 6 hours at the markets, and came away with a huge quilted blanket thing (all different shades of blue), some jingly anklets, Ant bought 5 tops (Ripcurl, Billabong etc.)... and that's about it. Most things were over-priced - thanks to the package tour Brits and the like!

We've been here now for 7 days, and plan to leave in 3 days time. Nick and Linds have gone off to Hampi, and we'll meet them down the line in a week or so.

Well this has to be the shortest blog I've done in ages, but when you've been doing a lot of R&R's there's not much else that you can report!

Soon enough though we'll be back into the swing of things and will be travelling once again in the real India - it's nice to have a bit of a break though.
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