Relaxing and recovering!
Trip Start Jun 16, 2006
22Trip End Aug 25, 2006
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After our monstrous journey we were just hoping for a few days of sun, relaxation, good food, cheap beer and some peace and quiet. Unfortunately we didn't get the sun, but everything else was pretty much spot on.
The island was a Portuguese colony until 1961 and still retains so much of the Portuguese style, architecture and culture that sometimes it was easy to forget we were in India. It is an independent Island, governed by Delhi (ie. it is not a part of a state) and so is able to set its own laws, and has a very 'free' and happy feel. There are very few foreign tourists here at all (I think there were about 6 faces that we kept seeing around everywhere) so the locals aren't trying to sell anything, and are really genuinely friendly
We hired a small moped on our first day, and spent some time weaving through the small streets in the town, admiring the crumbling Portuguese architechture, and bombing along the deserted main road between Nagoa Beach (where we were staying) and Diu Town. (well 'bombing' is a little exageration, seeing as the bike would only reach 50km an hour at it's very best!) It was really fun, and we felt so happy to be here; even though the rainfall came in hourly (heavy) showers and the sun that we were hoping for seemed like an impossibilty.
After a couple of days of being in Diu we decided that we were confident enough to exchange our bike for something a little more powerful. We gave back our trusty 50cc moped and went for a 75cc Scooter! Unfortunately, we only made it for about 20 minutes before I smashed it straight into a parked moped... a small kerfuffle and 2000 rupees later, and we had our original little moped back and our tails between our legs! Our troubles with the bike didn't end there though; after breaking down numerous times, the crappy little bike eventually gave up and succumbed to a flat tyre... leaving us hitching a lift back to the hotel!
The food on the island was pretty good
We did manage to visit the beach for an hour one day, but the gale-force wind and huge waves made for a not-so-relaxing sunbathing session!
The extremely cheap beer seemed to keep pulling Pete back into the bars, and on the day that we found out his exam results (distinction!) we celebrated with a few Vodkas and beers in a seedy beach bar full of Indian men getting too drunk for their own good!
We had one interesting experience..
We stayed in Diu for 6 days, and only on our last day did we see a few hours of sun. We quickly stripped off and ran to the pool-side with some French girls we met, and sun-worshipped for an hour before we had to catch our plane out.
Diu was just what we needed, and we left with our batteries fully recharged and the contents of our backpacks washed and ironed! Despite the weather, it was a lovely stay, and we hope we can return again one day, preferably when there's a little less rain!