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Trip Start Oct 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 19, 2006

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

After 2000 km and 30 hours, I've finally made it to Goa (Calangute Beach, to be precise), albeit unwashed, unshaven & definitely uncouth. It's a relief to be here, and at long last I've made the transition from North India to the South, in essence almost a separate country.
Goa, so far, is wonderful, despite being plagued by hordes of pasty overweight whinging Poms (stereotypical it may be, but they here, and I'm starting to understand that I will forever avoid the Costa del Sol or Mallorca). The whole area is all palm trees and beaches. At first impressions, it actually reminds me a lot of Fiji, except the food is much better and if you start saying "Bula!", people here look at you funny.

Being here, it's like a lush Garden of Eden, after the arid landscape of Rajasthan - a Scouts-honour cornucopia of chlorophyll. And the best part is that almost for the first time in months, since Nha Trang in Vietnam really, I can see the ocean. And it's wonderful. I realise now how much I've missed the sea, always such a dominant feature back home, especially for me at this time of year. After endless vistas of desert and scrub and their palette of ochre, tan, & gold, the gentle blue and vibrant green of sea and jungle is akin to a soothing balm.
(In response to those who snidly commented on an earlier post, and will no doubt do so again, no, I have not been necking Robitussin. I am merely waxing lyrical. It's poetic karate; "wax on, wax off"...)

hehe :-)

See y'all, I'm off to the beach!
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