GOA had been officially done. It was a lovely place, very green, chilled and laid back but also very dam wet. We arrived in the evening after a 12 hour train journey from Mumbai, it was of course pouring down with rain at this point. We shared a taxi with a couple we met on the train, Christine and Daniel, a nice couple over from Irealnd doing a few months in India. We arrived at the guest house and got our room sorted, it was a bit smelly (damp) and not completely decorated. To top the night off, the electricity decided to go on us, so, no fan, no breeze, raining like hell, as you can imagine it was a very uncomortable nights sleep.
The next day we headed to Anjuna beach. It wasnt what we had expected (paradise), instead the sea was very rough and brown and the beach wasnt the cleanest to be honest, still, we knew that we were haeding into a Monsoon so what more could we have expected right? After this we headed into Mapusa and did the whole look around thing, apart from Shenel who was getting a Pedicure, haha. Mapusa is a small town mainly filled with market folk selling you everything from flip flops to fruit, like most of the markets here really.
The next day was more eventful. We hired a driver to take us into old GOA and Panjim fro 1500Rs for the whole day (20 quid). Old GOA was nice, it was as the title says OLD, but nice. We headed into this grand looking church, the detail on some of the work was amazing. It also (as we found out) had St Francis of Xaviers actual body in there in a gold/glass coffin type thing, not something you see everyday huh? After our holy bit we headed to a spice plantation for a tour and some lunch, guess what? it rained, rained rained rained for the whole tour, what a place to be when it lashes it down, in a bloody plantation. If we are honest, the tour was pretty lame, it was like a "been here done that" situation as we had done a really good tour while we were in Zanzibar so this would have had to have been a good one to beat it. The after tour lunch was great though, very nice indeed followed by some local 45% brew made from cashew nuts, lets just say upon smelling, you had no nose hairs left, it definately put some on your chest though whether you were male or female, haha. After aquiring the new chest hair from the drinking of the brew we headed to our final destination, Panjim.
Panjim is a very westernised looking place, La Coste, Adidas, reebok shops around every corner and to top it all off a bloody Man U shop, what the hell? We stayed here for about an hour or so then headed back to Anjuna for our final night in town, sad to leave? yes a little as we really wanted to head further south but because of our time here in india and the fact you have to book trains far in advance we got a flight up to Delhi.....bring on the smog.
D & S