Goa North

Trip Start Sep 30, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Paradise Guest House
Coco Huts, Arambol

Flag of India  , Goa,
Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mike's Entry

Anjuna Beach & Arambol.

Full moon is out and after 3 months of almost everyday together and the lack of sleep in Mumbai Mo and I are getting on each others nerves. Took us a day to get it back together. 1 bad day every 3 months is a pretty good thing. Anyway going to the beach and doing some body surfing is good way to for me to get back to normal. The restaurants around Anjuna beach and town are varied and delicious. At Diego's cafe we had the most delicious fruit salad and it was put together like a piece of artwork; (it's hard to beat fresh tropical fruit). We also had our introduction to Goan curries and vindaloo both are deliciously spicy. They also had (in my opinion) the best tandoori dishes in India. And of course heaps of seafood including lobster and giant prawns. Then there is the beaches (tanning, reading, body surfing) and the markets and a concert in Vagator and before you know it 9 days have passed. Then off to Arambol with it's wide beaches that stretch for  a few kilometers into the next town of Mandrem. The more remote Mandrem side is where we ended up spending most of our time because you could claim a 50 meter area of beach for ourselves because that's how few people there was. We'd walk back in the late afternoon and on the Arambol side people were gathered on the beach doing yoga jugglers juggling, musicians playing, singers singing, people playing with devil sticks and frisbees. Soccer and volleyball games going on a happening place before the sun went down. Then in the evenings fish on the BBQ. Before you know it 5 days have passed. We returned to Anjuna to go to the Friday market in Mapusa with an Australian pair Nicole & Steve (affectionately known as Greedy) that we met earlier in Anjuna but I couldn't make it due to illness, (no I didn't fake it just to avoid another market). Maureen had to drive the scooter on the wrong side of the road through the busy streets alone. The next day I was feeling better and we made plans to go to a night market. The night market is a great party with beer gardens and live music acts and of course the shopping. Great concept! Somebody should start this in Canada a lot more men would accompany their wives shopping and less would fake ilnesses to get out going to the market. We became good friends with Steve in Nicole over the next week hanging out on the beach. Steve is an avid fisherman and when we showed him pictures of our coho salmon we caught in the summer, he is seriously considering making it to our neck of the woods.

Mo's Entry

Yes..it was pretty good...especially meeting the Aussies. 

I did have a few tough moments trying to ride a scooter....having no experience riding scooters I suddenly found myself on a scooter in the middle of a city...riding around the rings of death.  I should have known when I got on the scooter to give it a try and practically ran into a vendor across the road that it wasn't a good idea to ride it into town.

Nicole then told me to try riding it down the road and suddenly we were on our way to Mapusa for the Saturday market.  It all went well at first, though I cursed Mike for being sick and not being able to drive the scooter.  We had a great breakfast of Idli and Masala Dosa in a local joint and I bought some Pashmina before Nicole had us follow her to her dentist's office.  Suddenly I was in a round about with traffic on all sides of me, including buses and trucks.  We got to the dentists but my hands were trembling when I got off the scooter.  I didn't much feel like getting back on but we took the long way home and made it safley...don't worry mom!
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