Relaxing in South Goa

Trip Start Nov 16, 2004
Trip End Nov 15, 2005

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Thursday, December 2, 2004

Spent most of the day on Tuesday on the train. I like the Indian Railways - although they go very slowly at least they go! We have been travelling in 2nd class carriages so get the benefit of a guaranteed seat and air conditioning. If you have the stomach, you can open the carriage door and enjoy some fresh air and great scenery - I still have a phobia that someone is going to push me out though. I figure if this happens it wouldn't be so bad. As the train is only crawling along I could do a dramatic roll like they do on good Western movies.

We arrived in Palolem a 8 in the evening after leaving Kannur at 10am. We found a pleasant guest house called the Palolem Hotel and wondered out to find a beer. Although Palolem is relatively quiet we still came across more western tourists than we are used too. After going from 2 weeks of being looked at as if we had just landed from Pluto (no gags please) it was like we had entered a mini San Antonio. It was nothing like San Antonio but the contrast felt like if it was.

Wednesday morning (1 December) was spent walking along Palolem beach. Hopefully photo's will be uploaded soon as I realise they will be more interesting than my verbal diarrhoea - luckily this is the only variety of diarrhoea I have after 16 days in India!
We haven't really spent any time on a beach yet so this was quite relaxing, especially when a glance at my watch suggested it was 8am back at home and I thought what I would normally be doing at work, haha!

The walk along the beach made us all decide that another night around here was required so we could treat ourselves to a 'beach day'. We made our way about 15km's up the cost to Agonda beach. This had been recommended has being very quiet (by a German motor biker!?). Glad we took the advice as the beach was fantastic. For as far as I could see on the beach I could only see a few people along the beach. It is the quietest beach I have been to when the temperature has been 30c. We found a few coco-huts along the beach and although it was basic was the best location that you could ever imagine (again, I will upload some photo's soon for you to appreciate it!). With the beach to ourselves (apart from the odd dog, pig and herd of cows) we attacked some vicious waves in the sea. This was followed by some football and frisbee.....ahh this is the life! The perfect day was continued with a few drinks (25p for a bottle of beer) and some cards. Finally heading off to sleep with the sound of crashing waves about 100 yards away.
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