Still in Goa

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

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Friday, February 1, 2013

I know its been some time since I last updated this blog but I am sorry to say I have become very lazy. Goa has this magical effect that you are just very happy to lay on the beach and do nothing. Time goes at twice the speed and and you get tired doing nothing. Christmas and New year passed in a blur and a flash and some good parties.

I have met some really great people from all over the world. A lot of people come to Benaulim every year to escape the winter months of Europe. Some of them have been coming for over 25 years and will spend up to six months here. Friends from previous years meet up and it is a continuous series of reunion and then a few weeks/ months later a farewell party. 

A group of us caught the bus up to the Saturday Night Market a few weeks ago. Another 2 hour bum numbing journey. A really great market with Hundreds of stalls selling just about anything you want. There was a central area where bands performed anything from Rajastani music to rock. Band just kept swopping so there was great entertainment. The food stalls were amazing with huge areas laid out for eating and cooking. Anything from Indian, Belarus, Israeli, seafood, burgers, chicken was available. Each stall has plates laid out of what each dish is and size and cost. I really wish I could eat more as the choice was brilliant.

My mate Paul came out for 2 weeks to sample my lifestyle. It took him a few days to settle in and I think he was a bit stressed to start with but just as he found the Goan Groove it was time to go home. He hired a scooter to get around on but found the traffic and pedestrians a bit of a nightmare. So fortunately I had the use of the scooter for a week which was great fun.

Paul, Rachel and I visited a spice farm which was very interesting. Had a great guide who explained it all to us. It was amazing that most of the spice plants are grafted onto palm trees and then grow up the trees. so not only is the coconut are betel nuts  harvested but so are the spices (pepper, vanilla etc) 'climbing' the trees. After the tour of the plants we had a great Indian style buffet and a glass of Feny. Feny is the local brew made from the cashew apple. First the nut is removed and the the apple is crushed and passed through a still. The resulting brew is about 60% proof and tastes like paraffin mixed with battery acid!!! They also make a fey out of coconuts. Very much an acquired taste but drunk in great quantities by the locals.

My friend Mike who stays every year has  found an old bicycle that belonged to his friend which I now use. It was half hidden in the back of a shed behind a big pile of coconuts. Once we had dragged it out, broken the lock, cleaned it and pumped the tyres I was good to go. Its a one speed 'sit up and beg' style bike but all the roads are flat so it is easy and fun to get around. Once we cleaned off the dirt I read the name - it is a Hero, model 'EDS' the EDS stands for Extra Durability and Shining!!!!

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GabonPhil on

Thanks for the update Gus. Good to know you are enjoying yourself and so relaxed. Keep it going! Phil.

Lu on

If it's not broken, don't fix it ... but remember your dreams.
Great pictures!
Think of you often. xx

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