My afternoon stroll up to Baga proved fruitful - Americans!!! Just up for the day from Panjim but had a drink, dinner and may meet them tomorrow in Panjim, what a coup.
The morning stoll down to Candolim was enjoyable but my hope that it was busier than where I am staying was crushed as it is in fact a ghost town, with few of the shops/hotels open for business.
For lunch I used the old trick of following the crowds - barely a table to be had in this indian restaurant. The extensive menu meant very little to me (as always), so went for another Thali and pineapple juice. The juices are really quite pleasant, and well worth the wait when they are freshly squeezed (although in the time they could well have planted, grown and harvested the fruit).
Then the aforemention stroll to Baga, really beautiful scenery with palm tree galore and I went passed the beach turning and headed to the creek, which was again rather picturesque. However, my predator eyes spotted 2 white girls and a chinese looking guy, but no, they are on the other side of the creek and the water is too deep! I was torn between wading up to my waist and letting the opportunity slip, and sadl felt the latter was the wisest option. But then in a twist of fate when I reached the beach thee they were, sitting on the sand in all their american glory!
So yes you get the point, very excited to converse with others, and dine in a group as is socially acceptable. We ate in a nice place on the beach, literally on the beach as in the floor was made of sand. Which was weird as we were inside/outside. Managed a beef Zecutti (memory of a sieve...) and a bottle of port between us. Yes port, don't ask me why but apparently it's a thing in Goa. Rather nice actually, and at 4 pounds a bottle can't really complain.
Oh did I mention someone drowned on the beach today? There was a lot of commotion as the story was that one guy had already been pulled from the water and another guy was missing. They had quite an impressive lifeguard team out, and searched til dark but to no avaible. Obviously terrible but no-one should have bee in the sea, let alone guy who can't swim :s should have seen the crowd though, was probably the most exciting thing in Baga in a good while...
Which brings me to tomorrow - checking out of good old Ticlos and heading to Panjim! I'm told the fare will be around 12 rupees, so will not expect too much for a 30 minute journey! I have a provisional meeting with the americans for lunch, but no idea if it will work out (they have no phone...). And the ultimate plan is to end up in Madagon, where I will catch the train back up to Mumbai, then fly on to Zanzibar :)
So back to the hotel, may have to raid the minibar for water as want to be on top for for the bus tomorrow! Thus, for now I wish you good night and good health!