Well we have finally arrived in Goa after 20 hours of travelling. It was like join the dots but using planes instead of pens.
1st leg Perth to Singapore with the least amount of legroom I have ever had on a plane (including Ryanair) so I only got about ½ hour sleep. Arrived in Singapore at 3 am and what an airport, free wifi, free phone lockers where you put your phone into charge (they provide the chargers) then you lock it and take the key (ingenious) and finally a free electronic foot massage.
2nd leg Singapore to Chennai (with the same airline so were expecting no legroom) they again accepted our overweight bags and gave us seats with extra legroom! Arrived in Chennai with 2 hours to spare before our next flight. When we saw the queue for immigration realization dawned that this connection may not be made. Finally got through with about 45 minutes to lift off. Nick did comment though that "well at least won't have to wait for our bags" (oh! how wrong he was despite the 1 hour 15 minute delay our bags were still not through). Finally got the bags with 35 minutes to lift off and raced to the check in. We must have looked harassed as one of the airline staff rushed to meet us and kindly took us to the front of the queue and sorted us out.
3rd leg Chennai to Bangalore on a lovely plane with plenty of seats and legroom, unfortunately the flight was only 20 minutes so didn't get a chance to sleep.
4th and final leg Bangalore to Goa with the same airline (both flights only cost £58 each). Arrived ahead of schedule and were met by Ali to take us to the apartment in his Suzuki Swift. We jumped in and he said "Welcome to Goa" whilst holding his hand on the horn and cutting up two people carriers just as we expected.
Sara and Joey were waiting for us at the apartment and we spent the afternoon in the pool catching up on gossip (Nick and Joey were worse than the girls!) I was a bit apprehensive about what Sara had booked and hoped it wouldn't be touristy and to be fair she has come up trumps as it is a townhouse in a local town where all the other houses are lived in by locals. The lack of sleep was finally catching up with me; Nick resorted to drinking lager to combat his tiredness! We went for an early dinner which was superb and only cost £20 for the 4 of us including lots of drinks before heading back for an early night.