Edge of the Seat Stuff!
Trip Start Sep 09, 2007
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Since we last wrote we left Colva where not only did the beggars put on an act for sympathy but so did the dogs - on our way home one night we were befriended by 'Kangaroo Dog', who would walk normally when we weren't looking but as soon as he felt he had an audience would hop on his two back legs to appear disabled! Colva also saw us afforded the luxury of a warm shower and Charlie took the opportunity to end her 6-day hair wash famine - I've seen cleaner animals in the jungle, honestly!
We didn't realise how popular I'd become until we travelled south in Goa from Colva - Kate and Darren spotted Tom's cowboy hat and sideburns (or sideboards as the locals have all been calling them) at Margao bus depot and it turned out we were getting the same bus down to Palolem. The journey was an interesting one as fruit sellers, beggars and gangs of schoolchildren all crammed in and we bounced our way along the smashed-up rocky road surface.
When we arrived in Palolem a spot of lunch was has down on the beach (by now I had a hankering for a banana milkshake!) and there we again bumped into some 'old faces', this time Jack and Karl from Baga. Kirsty and Becky joined up with us later to complete 'reunion day'!
The following night our festivities were cut short at midnight as Gandhi's Birthday was celebrated across India. A national 'dry day' is put in place and for 24 hours pubs, bars and shops aren't allowed to serve (or even display!) alcohol, making our last couple of nights in Goa a rather tame affair. Our final day saw a few hours on the beach eating papaya before dinner and a mad rush to make the 8pm night bus.
Stupidly, forgetting we were on 'Indian time' we expected it to be on time, and it didn't turn up until 9.30pm!
After the most terrifying coach journey to date where we all feared for our lives on more than one occasion we have arrived in Bangalore.
Our first impressions were not good and Charlie hated it! Tom was not as disgusted but not overly happy, whereas I on the other hand was pleased to see the many street vendors selling bananas!
After 4 hours the decision was taken to 'get the hell out' of Bangalore after Charlie was pushed and shouted at several times and someone tried to burn me with a cigarette burning a hole in the bag I call home just inches above my head! Tom was also turned away from every hostel/hotel claiming they were full when they clearly weren't. We bought ourselves train tickets to Chennai (monkeys go free!) and boarded the train, still cheesed off.
With the abundance of bananas on offer still in my mind I questioned this decision with Tom and a re-think was had. 5 minutes before departure we all decided that we wouldn't be beaten and we would give Bangalore another chance so we jumped (I swung from a luggage rack) off the train and got ourselves a refund.
A night on MG Road and a dodgy curry later, we are set to leave Bangalore tonight, possibly for Chennai but if we can get some cheap flights then Sri Lanka awaits....
We'll be in touch again soon, take care everybody.
P.S. Tom and Charlie send their love too! xx