Goa, India: Part 2
Trip Start Mar 04, 2010
7Trip End Jun 01, 2010
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Spending a lot of time poolside topping up tans, reading (Gill: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ray: The Raj), swimming and general chilling, shaking off that winter feeling.
Most evenings have been spent down at the beach, (which is as gorgeous as everyone says), white sand stretching for miles, lined with palms and all that good stuff. Most evenings spent at a brilliant little place called, The Venus Beach Shack. We've been eating our way through whatever happens to be the catch-of the-day (lobster grilled with garlic butter, tandoori Pomfret, Sea Bass and Tiger Prawns).
We've made a couple of friends that work at the beach shack that have made it really special, Joy & Farook. Whatever we need, Joy's your man – a night out in Margao? – done; bespoke jewellery? – absolutely; fishing trips out to surrounding islands? – no problem; surprise firework for Gill? – consider it done (more to follow in my b'day entry!)
We have noticed that Russia seems to have annexed Goa... with the general tourist population being about 90% Russian... they are everywhere and particularly like spending time at the waterfalls posing on rocks... Shame I didn't pay more attention in Russian class at sixth form...
Despite what you may be thinking, we have actually left the resort and surrounding beach on several occasions. First to the local spice plantation, which was amazing getting to see how peppercorns, vanilla, cardamom and cashews are grown. We also ventured out to Margoa to do some shopping at 'The Big G'...followed by a funny but disastrous meal at 'Nostaligia'. Here, despite our best attempts to try the local foods, after asking for them to cook us up some local specials, we ended up with four platters of deep fried frozen treats, including 'Cheesy fluffs' & “beef” croquettes..
We've also done some very cultured things, including visiting the Church of St. Frances Assisi, the patron Saint of Animals, where his body is suspended from the ceiling in a part glass tomb... the fact that his body has been kept in such good condition, with no preservation is considered a true miracle by the locals (although Ray suspects preservatives may have in fact of been used ;-)
Photos & details from my birthday celebrations which included elephant showers, waterfalls and fireworks, will follow very soon!
x Gill & Ray