Goa, Goa, Goa ......... I'm Goa-in nowhere

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2014

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Richi Guest Lodge

Flag of India  , Goa,
Monday, November 26, 2012

Reason why I love Goa..........
There is no government tax on alcohol!!!!! This means that normally a beer would cost you anything up to R40.00 per quart now costs R12.00. All prices are quoted in South African Rand
Accommodation in a guest house, lovely clean double room, en suite bathroom and private balcony R56.00. 
 Breakfast either big bowl of fruit salad and banana smoothie or cheese and tomato omellette toast and tea R12.00 
Lunch on the beach in a beach shack R10 to R15
Dinner Prawns R32.00, curry or grilled fish R20.00
Bottle water R4.00 per litre
Whiskey per tot R4.60

Bicycle hire R16.00 per day or scooter for R55 to R60.00 per day

I arrived in Benaulim in Goa after a 35 hour train trip. the only way to pass the time was to sleep and eat. arrived at the main station at about 8.30 pm and expected to find the usual Tuk Tuk to take me to a hotel. Not here..... they have government controlled motorbikes as taxis. It was quite exhilarating buzzing around clearing all the cobwebs from the train for about 20 minutes until we found a suitable guest lodge. The lodge is about a 10 minute stroll to the beach and about 2 minutes walk to the shops and restaurants. It is a family run guest house and really nice people.

I hadn't planned on coming to Goa as I heard that it was very touristy. I guess it is but where I am it is very laid back and relaxed. Apparently further north is the big rave and party scene. As you can see the the beaches are brilliant and the water is warm. None of this scrotum shrinking nonsense. The palm fringed beach stretches in both directions as far as you can and there are hundreds of beach shacks which are bars and restaurants. 

So my day consists of something like this: Wake up at about 8.30 or 9 am. Sit on balcony and watch the squirrels and parrots playing in the palm trees.Walk to cafe and have breakfast. Walk back to Lodge sit on balcony and read for a while. Wander off to the beach enjoying the 35 degree temperature ( No humidity) have a swim, read my book and then stroll up to one of the beach shacks for a leisurely lunch and a couple of beers. Watch the spectacular sunset and then amble back to lodge. Have an awesome shower and then decide where to go for dinner. Last night I had a steak and was told that it was beef but methinks it was water Buffalo. Very tender but had a strong 'gamey ' taste. 

I have been here for 4 days now and I will probably spend at least 3 weeks here.After all the running around and exploring forts and palaces in Rajastan and having been ill I think I need some R&R. The other nice thing about Benaulim is that there are proper little Mini markets where you can buy just about anything you need. so I have stocked up on cornflakes, and peanut butter and can buy cheese and fruit which makes it even cheaper to live. I love Goa.

Now Goa is a major tourist destination for the Russians. So much so that most menus are in Russian and English. All ready in the few days that I have been here I am hearing more and more Russian. There are all shapes and sizes on the beach and most of the old men wear tiny speedos. These should be banned from public. On Saturday night one of the pubs advertised a "Rusky Girl DJ Tanya" . Popped along and fun . Most of the music was 60's soft rock but the Vodka tasted good. I am reliable informed that the main crowd arrives in the next 2 weeks and most of them stay till the new year. Maybe I can find me a Russian Bride???

On the subject of speedos I was given the following tip from a very well traveled and one of the top surgeons from Johannesburg. He will remain nameless to protect his reputation and credibility. He advised me that instead of taking numerous pairs of underpants that I only needed one speedo. Day 1 wear it normally. Day 2 wear it back to front. Day 3 turn it inside out and wear normally and Day 4 inside out and back to front. Day 5 wash and repeat

I forget to mention a funny story from a few weeks ago when I was waiting for the bus from Ajmer to Pushkar. An old man probably in his 80's wearing the traditional white sheet wrapped around his body and carrying a long staff walks up to and just stares at me with a big toothless grin. He then indicates while speaking Hindi that he would like my watch. When I refuse he then asks me for the chain around my neck. Again I refuse so he asks for the bracelets on my wrist. When I tell him no he just walks off chuckling to him self. Anyway the bus arrived shortly thereafter and as usual was packed. I walked to the rear and eventually 3 young teenagers squashed up so that I could perch on the edge of the seat. All of a sudden I feel these bony finger prodding me and I turn around only to see the ancient toothless wonder behind me with a big grin on his face. He greats me like a long lost friend. The 3 teenagers are now competing to see whose music I will listen to on their phones. Next minute another prod from behind "Where you going?'
"Pushkar" I reply. The old fossil seems happy at this. The 3 teenagers and I are now discussing cricket when I poked in the neck from behind. "Where's you wife?. I tell him that I dont have wife and he looks rather sad and confused. Back to the cricket discussion but a few minutes later another prod. The Loon has a big smile on his face and proudly tells me has had 3 wives and outlived them all! I tell him well done and he says he is now looking for his fourth wife. I am dragged back by the boys and the discussion about cricket. All seems quiet from behind for about 5 minutes and yes- another prod. The ancient toothless one asks if I want him to find me a wife. I politely thank him but refuse his generous offer and he breaks out into a wild cackle of laughter that goes on for about 30 seconds. All is quiet for the rest of trip and when i get off about 30 minutes I glance back and the old man is fast asleep but still has a big grin on his face. I love meeting strange people on my travels.
Well I think this blog will be quiet for a week or two. I will only update it if anything important happens so if you would like to know what I am doing please refer back to paragraph 4.
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Lu on

It sounds wonderful! It might be hard to leave! Do I need a visa? Your photos are beautiful - I specially like the one of the shells.

Sara on

I am now officially jealous!! Sounds like the perfect place to relax and recover. Not too sure about the Russian bride though - she might restrict your travels :)
I am loving your blogs - so informative and interesting - feel like I am right there with you (thankfully without the dirt and smells!)
lots of love

Rhod on

It sounds like you are having a wonderful time, you're doing what the rest of us are too timid to do. Have fun.

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