We have relaxed into the laid back pace of life here on South Goa. We have made our little bungalow a home, even buying practical things like crockery, cooking utensils and even our own bedding. We can hear the waves on the beach as we are just behind one of the beach restaurants and only 10 steps away from Beach Road which has the shops - selling clothes, jewellery, gifts and snacks. The beach is lovely and we try and get at least 1 swim in a day as well as a yoga class (even Vanda is hooked!). That and eating very cheaply at one of the beach restaurants, and sunset cocktails, and our days are complete! Most visitors here are long term visitors, staying for several months (to avoid European winters? Can't blame them! ) We have ventured to the next beach-Palolem, but found it a bit busy and touristy. We've also been to an even quieter beach to the south where you have to get a fisherman to take you across a river, which was really quiet and we enjoyed a day there with Pete and Ali, playing in the surf. We find the locals all very laid back and friendly-they are keen for you to go into their shop but aren't pushy. Not sure that we are getting a real Indian experience yet! But we're having a great time all the same and can see why everyone who has been to this part of the world returns. We have even adopted a 'holiday' dog. She's very timid (gets chased away by the locals) and makes a little whinnying sound as she wags her tail so we've called her Whinny. She's waiting for us in the morning for her morning breakfast of a couple of biscuits and curls up outside our bungalow when we're at home. We are trying to plan the rest of our time in India as booking bus/trains is fraught with bureaucracy and it would be easy to stay here, but we must be brave and experience some more of what India had to offer (when we can drag ourselves off thebeach).