Bedbugs and saints

Trip Start Oct 27, 2004
Trip End Aug 17, 2005

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Monday, December 20, 2004

We finally managed to escape from Chapora (everywhere in Goa is so nice that it seems you have to escape rather than leave). Having found what we thought to be a reasonable hotel we unpacked and set out for the day. Within six yards of leaving our hotel we bumped into Bob and Hazel again, having said goodbye to them in Chapora 3 days earlier. Turns out they were staying in the hotel next-door to us, which worked out pretty well.

The first day was rather uneventful; the night, however, was anything but...

Lauren had been asleep for about an hour when I saw the first of them, a little, red, oblong insect about 4mm long crawling through the pages of my book. It was obvious that this was a bedbug, nothing abnormal for a cheap Indian hotel although I thought I better check under the sheet to see if there were a few of them. I pulled back the sheet in horror to see about 30 scurrying for cover, quickly awoke Lauren and pulled down the mosquito net to sleep on top of. The next morning our net was covered in blood-stainsfrom where we'd rolled over in our sleep and squashed a few of the little devils. We moved hotel the next day and had to fumigate all of our sleeping covers and our mosquito net. Unfortunately a few had made it through the net and had feasted upon Lauren's ankle, just look at the carnage!

Anyway, aside from that, Panjim was a lovely town. We ate and drank for pennies and the place had a real old-fashioned Portuguese vibe about it. Some of the streets resembled Lisbon or Havana more than the views we were accustomed to in India.

We also made the trip to Old Goa where we saw the somewhat dessicated body of St. Francis Xavier, who died over 300 years ago and who has failed, so far, to decompose. Old Goa itself was just a collection of cathedrals, churches and chapels. The place was beautiful though and extremely photogenic.
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