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Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 08, 2012

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Thursday, February 2, 2012

We finally arrived at the final destination on our trip, eager for some relaxation time on the beach. The weather can't be faulted in Goa but it doesn't feel like the other places that we have visited. It's like a Spanish coastal resort, which is fine although the beach is a little bit disappointing and you do feel a bit "on show". In the end the lifeguards resorted to segregating us from the local people to avoid any problems. A bit of a shame really, that this is necessary.

We enjoyed our time on the beach. The girls were all tempted as some point by the looky looky men into buying a variety of items of tat. I was strict with myself, I didn't need a massage, pedicure, manicure, sarong, elephant carving, beaded necklace (shoot me if I come home with one). Still I'm glad that the girls did their bit to keep the local economy going. I restricted my spending to food!

On our first night out in Goa the bar shut abruptly at 11 and Ruby announced that due to state elections everything must close early- GREAT!! I was not best pleased about the situation as I was really looking forward to a proper night out. Thankfully there was a backup plan and the following night we get invited by the owner of one of the bars in town to go to his farmhouse for a private party. I was in two minds about whether to go and in the end decide that I might as well- afterall, I'd never get the opportunity again.

In the end I definitely made the right decision- we had a great time. Everyone decided to take a late night swim, then we found the hot tubs and chocolate! A really funny night to cap off a really memorable trip, with great people. I was already feeling sad about saying goodbye to everyone in the morning, but at least most people were hanging around for a couple of days longer.

The following day we said goodbye to Ruby at breakfast and went off to our next hotel. Kate had found a place that we could all stay in. 8 girls in one apartment, it had the potential for disaster but in the end it worked out really well, and as it was only 7 I definitely couldn't grumble!! We had a final meal at Cafe del Mar and one last group picture (x15) then the next day, most people headed to South Goa to see Palolem. I stayed in North Goa with Stine and Marte as it wasn't worth switching locations for a day. I was sad to say goodbye to everyone but I also felt that I had had enough of Goa. I was also really looking forward to seeing Triney in a couple of days in Sri Lanka!! Woooooo hoooo!!
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Libby on

Hot tubs and chocolate sound good to me, sounds like great way to end your Indian leg of the journey x

Walker, Ian on

Sounds like Goa is commercially oriented - but very reasonable accomodation and food - pleased to hear that you resisted the snake charmers and the looky looky men selling all and sundry.

Good Morning Vietnam ahead !

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