HEADING DOWN SOUTH
SOOOO after breaky (22nd April) we left our hostel at 7.50am ready for the EPIC journey ahead...boarded what was meant to be a 4 1/2 hour bus to Ahmedabad (wrong spelling) and set off...full of white people which is a first, the bus was average and arrived 6 hours later...headed in possibly the craziest auto rickshaw AKA indian helicopter with some very hairy driving, but made it alive to the train station at 2pm ready for our 4pm train....had some food, and then found our names on the side of the train and hopped in...this is where it gets bad so new paragraph....!
We had booked RAC tickets , tickets that basically meant that we had definitely reserved one bedbut then once on the train we would have to find the ticket man 'tee tee' and he would give us a cancellation sleeper....all fine and dandy....until it appears that i am sharing my bed with 'Mr Patel' and Rose is sharing hers with 'Prabhav....and it turns out that we hadn't actually confirmed our seat on the train, and so had no seat, let alone bed for the EPIC 22 hour journey....Thank goodness a man understanding our pain gave us his bed SO KIND....and he and his wife shared....but it was a side upper berth (ask anyone who has been to India....IT IS SMALL!!!) It was like a puzzle for us both to sleep on it, my oh my! 7am after more sleep than we expected we tucked in to some good old chai and a type of carbolicious potatoe sandwich!
Train delayed and eventually arerives at 3.30pm (not 2pm) and then being budget we walked miles to a bus stop and got on a local bus to Madgaon bus station....there we queued up to get a shuttle bus to Panjim, there we queued up to get a bus to Mapusa, there we queued up and got a bus to ANJUNA....FINAL DESTINATION at 6pm....36 hours travel, but we made it!!!! We are in GOA!!!
We walked the street to find the cheapest hostel and managed to find a place not too far from DA BEACH!! For 150RS, just over 2 pounds. Fantabydousy. Found out that the night market was on, but ti was 3KM away and alot on manoey in a tuk tuk....so we walked! half way a Nigerian man picked us up on his bike...3 on a scooter, and huess who had to sit at the back...me Rose....so uncomfortable!! But got a lift for free. The market was awesome, just loads of hippies! Had to hang out with mr Nigria, who said he was an basket ball player for his country and he was headed to the olypics in 2012...LIARER....he was drinkingh and smoking all night. His mate joined for drinks and then we got scared as Obe (b ball man) asked meg is they could do some kissing...so we ran!!
Had a wonder around, everyting very expensive....found a wite lady to give us some food....baked potatoes, yummy!! With MAYO....GARLIC MAYO eat your heart out! Sat and watch a band, which was fun, then headed home at 11.30ish....pursuaded a tuk tuk to take us 100rs worth, as that was all we had, then walked the rest home! But on route we bought a 5RS chocy bar as it was 12.02....EASTER....so ate oiur chocy bar yum yum!! Happy Easter all.
Next day....beach time baby....in other words....let get burnt!! It is sunny and hot, and the humidity is 68%....mental! So we fried all day, silly us! My friends are here o trying to meet tonight at a place called V bar....so after sups, were the man gave us a whole plte of chips and a beer each FREE OF CHARGE....its love I tell you!! We went to V bar, didnt find my friends by my oh my we had a great dance! Meg was sweating from her forearms again....its hot hot hot!! Walked home at 2am....silly us, 3 men followed us, but luckily one was nice and he was a loical and sent the other 2 running....a bit scary! So wont do that again!
Next day....in the shade and we are burnt!! Good girls! At breakie our man gave us a whole extra plate of food and invited us to his brother party at the restaurant tonight....wicked!! So went there at 7ish for some food, the place was turned to a dance floor, so we ate....then got free beer, love him!! then got free RUM...finally met the birthday boy who is 20, and we all had a boogy woogie!! Then got free beer....LOVE!! Then we had to sing happy birthday, including may god bless you, and of course WE strted the singing as we are his be st mates, hehehe!! THEN he walked around everyone with cake in his hands and fed it to us all....weird! Meg was polite and had a small bite, me a ate all that was left in his hand, and it was gooooood!!
So we attended an indian boys birthday party, we had a great dance and a great time! Meg made fwends with 4 english boys and i became buddies with Mr free beers, obviously...he also owns 25% of the bar, who would want to be HIS friend!! SO great evening! AND we didnt pay for our meal, they gave it free.....there was a buffet, but strangly we didnt eat any....we've changed!!!
Usual day today, just a bit sick feeling, and stayed out the sun, as it is strong and we are cooking like a chicken sizzler!! Off to Palomin or osmething like that tomorrow! SO yar....thats all!!