I think I'm turning into a slug

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

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cant believe that I am still in Goa. Everyday is sunshine with temperatures in the mid 35 degrees. I am totally relaxed and have never felt better since my operation. Eating 3 big meals every day, walking, swimming and lying on the beach. 

Let me tell you a little bit about Goa. It consists mostly of beaches that range from North Goa down to south Goa. The north is very busy and mostly young people who go for the techno rave scene. As you move further south , the quieter it becomes. The beach/village I am staying at is called Benaulim. It consists of two main roads. One runs from the town centre or 'crossroads' for about 1.5km to the beach. The other from the crossroads is about 1km long. Both these streets are lined with restaurants, guest houses, hotels and shops. Then along the beach for a few kilometers there are Beach Shacks which are bars/restaurants.

All the restaurants have pretty much identical menus and these range from breakfasts, milkshakes, pancakes, Indian, Tibetan, Goan , Chinese, Italian, Israeli,Continental as well as a wide range of seafood. Prices and quality vary so once you have found ones that you like you just rotate on a daily basis. The same with the shops/stalls. They either sell jewelry, clothing or shoes. All stock the exact same items. There is no different items in any of the shops. These stalls open at about 7.30 in the morning and close at about 10 pm. There are very few tourists so the stall holders sit the whole day and sometimes don't sell anything. It must very depressing. At the end of the day they have to pack up everything and then set up again the next morning.

The beaches are slowly filling up with mostly Russian and British tourists. The Russians just like to spend the day on the beach and consume as much alcohol as possibly. It doesn't matter what size or sex they are they still wear the tiniest costumes available. On the big old Russian grandmothers this is rather disturbing but some of the young nubile girls wear costumes that look as if they were made from a pirates eye patch. It is all very entertaining.

I have meet some great people here and a few nights ago I was invited to dinner by 2 guys from Jaipur. They also invited a Swiss guyI have meet and a couple of Germans. When we got to their apartment a feast had been laid out. They had arranged 2 chefs to cook Fried King fish, Chicken Breyani and a fish curry. All this was done on a one plate stove. They also supplied 3 bottles of rum, one of whiskey and beers. We feasted and drank till we couldn't move. We laughed a lot even though with all the different languages we couldn't really understand each other and each conversation had to be translated into 4 different languages.

On Wednesday A few of us took a two hour bum numbing bus journey to Anjuna which is about 2 hours up the coast. They have a flea market every week which was originally started by the hippies in the 60's and 70's. It is a huge market but very few of the hippies remain and it is mostly the same stalls selling the same crap that is available in the main street at Benaulim. But still had fun as the tourists were more entertaining and fun to watch.

I will probably being staying here until the New Year as travel and accommodation is a nightmare being that it is the holiday season. So I guess it is another few weeks or so of beach, eating and generally do sweet bugger all. If I dont get back on line before than I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a great 2013.

Those of you who do read this blog please leave a comment now and then. It's nice to know who is reading the blog.

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Hi Bud - read all your blogs very interesting and entertaining hopefully you will turn them all into a book - good for alternative tourism :) Have a great Xmas too and a fantastic new year

GabonPhil on

Goa sounds marvelous Gus, I'm envious.

Keep up the entertaining blog entries please. Most enjoyable and interesting.

We are planning an India trip in 2013 ourselves. Keep an eye out for Phil friendly destinations.

Karen & Bruce on

Thanks for the update! Very interesting and makes me envious. Glad that you are so well. Take care & a peaceful, healthy & happy Xmas & New Year before the Mayans get us. Lol. Bruce & Karen

Peter Badcock on

Hey Angus. Loving your blog and completely convinced you are doing the right thing! I had some reservations about India but realize my experience of it date back to the mid-nineties. Things have obviously moved on and Goa sounds fantastic. The only disappointment is that you keep photographing shops and stalls but none of the nubile Russian chicks you mention! Looking forward to more. Best from Clarens. Pete and Toni.






Adele on

Hi Gus,
Glad you are having a FAB time - enjoy & think of us poor buggers still working every day to earn money :) Hope you had a good Christmas & have a really great New Year.
Love Adele

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