Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 16, 2007

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

We spent 37 hours on the train to Goa in a 3AC sleeper carriage that was full to bursting!

We arrived at the train station at least an hour before (as is advised) bought goodies for journey and waited for The Goa Express!! India's version of express and mine are obviously two completely different meanings. We got talking to Rob a traveler from England who was on the last part of his travels and now alone due to his friend breaking a leg in China. We also met Nasseema and her husband who are from Manchester and spending 3 weeks in India and were on their way to stay with family in the south of Goa. The craziest people we met were the Indian Air Force guys who were drunk and got Ben drunk and nearly got us chucked of the train!! The food was terrible and we survived eating bananas, biscuits and crisps.

We finally stepped of the train at 7am and took a rikshaw (cheaper than a taxi) and headed for Calangute. Now I know this isn't a typical spot for travelers to visit in Goa. Most stay further down south where it is less touristy or in Bagga to party all night. However we had planned to meet up with some friends, well my ex boss Bill and his family from Barnsley, England so he could report back home that we had survived the first 2 weeks and were alive and well.

We found a small room which was 2 minutes walk from the beach and looked forward to 10 whole days of doing nothing but chillin out on the beach.

We go out for a walk around, get our bearings and then head off to the beach in search of the Rovers Return! It's a shack on the beach where we hope to catch up with bill and his family. We walk for what seems like miles but is probably more like half a mile and can not find it for love nor money. We ask locals and no one knows where it is. We give up and start walking back the way we came along the shore line as the waves lap against our feet. 10 minutes later who is walking towards us, Bill and his wife Lynn. We chat, they tell us where the Rovers is and we arrange to meet for Sunday lunch tomorrow. We find the Rovers Return and realize that we walked straight passed it - we were too busy looking at the huge pile of fish drying out on the beach about 20 feet in front of it! We stop and have a drink and chat to Joseph the owner for a little while, order fillet steak for tomorrow's dinner and walk back to our room.

At night we are told Mackies Saturday Night Market in Baga is where it is all happening, but there is also a carnival on which will last for 4 days; today is the first day. So we take a rikshaw to Baga and figure we will see the carnival tomorrow. The Saturday night market is busy. There are live bands, beer, a restaurant on the river and bargains to be had.

Pretty much every day was spent on the beach and in the Rovers Return with fantastics food and great company. The last night of the carnival was on the beach with fireworks and brilliant bands.

After 10 days of chillin we were ready to move on and take in some more sight seeing. We booked the over night bus to Hampi knowing we will one day return to Goa!

To be continued. . . . .
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AL on

You cant expect Euro Rail comfort paying less than $20.
Most Europeans complain about class without actually mentioning how much it cost.Try Palace on Wheel and you will get class(if u can pay)LOLZ

roseyben on

I wasn't complaining i am telling people what it is really like and what to expect. I had the time of my life in India becuase i took it for what it is.

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