Hello my darlings!
Woo... I have a lot of places to write about, in not a lot of time as I am going to have a delicious sea food dinner on the beach in about half an hour! Here we go!
Chris left us about to go to Mount Abu. I'm going to be brutally honest and say it was not worth visiting. On the bus there a guy in front of me kept putting his seat back and squashing my legs. This only seems to happen to me on these journeys, so needless to say I was an annoying brat and kept on kicking his chair- this didn't work. What also made this situation worse was that it was a VERY hot bus, and this guy was wearing a full suit and hadn't washed for a while, so needless to say he was very wiffy, and we were downstream. Also had one of the most annoying ringtones we have ever heard. Imagine the highest noise you've heard, times it by ten in loudness and repeat continuously until the guy decides that actually he does want to answer his phone after staring at it for 20 seconds. Brilliant journey for me.
Anyway, we arrived in mount abu where there is a lake which we hired pedlos on. There was myself and Chris, and another two from the group; Heather and Jessica. We were happily peddling along, taking in the sites of Mount Abu, when we got stuck on a rock- in the middle of the lake. We then had to shout at another pedlo to peddle full speed at us to push us off the rock. This was quite funny, and was empahsised when they got stuck on the rock after us! After the pedlo incident we took a walk up to sunset point. I think you will be able to work out what we did here and I'll be honest, it was beautiful. We also visited the highest point in Rajhastan and visit some other temples here, one of which a class of children were following Chris around. Another one was particularly interesting; 'the peace park'. Which seemed to me to be a bizarre cult, who were insistent that we meditated with them. Very strange. To add to this strange day in Mount Abu we were asked by a film crew to walk into a temple, so they could film it. We felt like such celebrities this day! Our clip was meant to be shown on a channel here yesterday. but we never got to see it!
From Mount Abu we took a night train to Mumbai. And I bet you're all thinking, wow how lucky are they to take two night trains in India! I hate them, and have been a massive brat and made Chris and me take a plane back to Mumbai after our stint in Goa. Anyway, the night train was long to say the least. Our trip wasn't anywhere near as bad as another girl on our trip, who had a stranger try to tickle her hand in the night. Ooo Err!
After the fifteen hour night train we arrived in Mumbai. Which is incredibly muggy compared to the rest of India. Because we were only here for one day we had to fit all the sightseeing into a few hours. So in three hours we saw the following: the gardens, the washing ghats, Ghandi's house, Chowpati beach and a few guys went to go and see the slums, but I opted out of this one. We were four in an old school taxi (I will try and upload photos of these, because I love these cars) and our driver Barbar took us around Mumbai. It was really fun, the washing ghats were insane, they went on for as far as the eye can see.
For dinner we went to Leopold's which was made famous in the book Shantaram, which Chris is currently reading. It is also famous because it was bombed in the Mumbai attacks a couple of years ago. It was great and what made the place even better was their serving of beef- YAY!! A beef burger and a couple of pints of beer later, and I was a very happy lady again and had forgotten why I had become an anti-Indian tourist previously! Mumbai, even though we only spent a small while there was actually quite nice! Very European and not many people crowding you, constantly asking you for "Chapati, Chapti, miiiiiss, miiiiss"
So, after Mumbai we flew to Goa. Once again I was sat next to an annoying man. Who kept on getting up and down and squeezing past me. He also was using his mobile as we were about to fly off. However, this was the only downside to the journey, which was only 40 mins in the air. We landed in the b-e-a-utiful Goa and headed straight to our resort in Calangute.
Now, ladies and gents you have to imagine Calangute. Imagine costa del sol, with a lot of Brits with HUGE beer bellies, lobster red from the lack of sun protection and shouting at the locals to get their best price.It was a treat to the eye (especially the two larger gents we saw on the beach in very short shorts). After we finished our tour we headed to Colva, which is where we are now. Use your imaginations again for this one: white sands, beautiful sea, empty beaches and some of the best seafood I have ever had.
We also took a boat trip to an island today which was ok. I felt very sea sick half way through, but the cool thing was they caught the fish whilst we were there and we barbeques them on the beach.
I don't really want to leave Goa, but alas, on the 25th we jet off again to Mumbai and then finally Singapore.
But, time is pressing on and Mr Armstrong is looking at me with king prawns in lemon garlic sauce on his mind, so I had best love you and leave.
I miss you all, lots of love,
Tally and Chris