Indian Summer Sky

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Goa was purely on the itinerary for some R&R; it's been hard work travelling through Japan, China and India and this is the first time since mid-March that we’ve taken some downtime, so the break was very welcome. We’re quite good at R&R and quickly settled into a very relaxed routine.

Having a resort with lots of facilities meant that the day could start in the gym or the pool followed by a late breakfast from which we’d waddle to the pool and laze on the loungers until mid-afternoon. In the heat of the day we’d retire to the air-conditioning for a while to watch a movie or read before returning to the pool for another swim. We learnt to set the schedule up around the free-bar timing and were quite happy to sit in the pool or at the poolside before heading to various local restaurants. We discovered some wonderful local restaurants and our return to The Fisherman’s Cove yielded a far better dinner when the Tandoor was running (amazing garlic naan bread).

This is Indian summertime and the monsoons are just a few weeks away. The ocean is already so rough that it’s been red-flagged so swimming is a no-no. But, the temperature and humidity are much more bearable than we thought, though the humidity levels fluctuate greatly. It seems that the heat of the sun is enough to keep the humidity at bay, but once the sun goes down it builds rapidly. We’re enjoying basking beneath an almost cloudless Indian Summer Sky.

The resort itself proved to be exactly what we’d been hoping to find, though the clientele may not have been quite what we expected. We met some wonderful people and the kids managed to make some new friends (they’re learning to make friends fast and not get too upset when they leave). What was not quite expected came from the more "local" guests. It was quite astounding to watch just how rude and unpleasant they were to the resort staff….seems that once you’ve made some money in India it’s OK to look down on the rest of society. Or maybe it’s a caste thing? Apparently one of the more arrogant groups had some Bollywood stars in its midst, not that that’s an excuse for poor behaviour, but maybe they’re trying to mimic their rich Western counterparts? Truth be told, you can find this kind of behaviour anywhere there's money.

We finished our time as we’d started with a visit to the gym and a rather large breakfast, but maybe the breakfast wasn’t as good, or maybe it’s just time to move on…. We checked out and strolled up the street where we found a tattoo parlour for Lauren – relax grandparents, it was just a henna tattoo, not a real one! Sarah left the others to it and went shopping a little further afield, but by the time she returned (only 15 minutes later) she discovered Derek giving the owners some of his consulting advice and the owners refusing payment for the tattoo…..we gave them a nice tip instead.

Footnote: While we were in Goa the terrible Air India flight tragedy occurred just 100 miles down the coast at the next major airport, Mangalore. Lot's of interest, but surprisingly little empathy to be found at the resort. For regular readers, you'll note that this is not the first time that disaster strikes in the Moody vicinity on this trip. Let's just hope we can keep slipping by without getting too close to the flame.

Our onward journey will be lengthy one (taxi to airport, flight from Goa to Mumbai, 9 hour layover in Mumbai, flight from Mumbai to Nairobi), but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that all goes to plan and we don’t have anymore delays…. Roll on Africa!
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