We’re in Goa and it actually feels like being on holiday. We’ve been the only white faces, or at least one of only a few, and now everything is geared up for us and our western ways. I haven’t seen an indian toilet and we’ve been here 3 days. There are even 2 air conditioned supermarkets selling everything from wine to toilet rolls, shampoo, bread and ice cream. It could almost be any European holiday destination. We have sunbathed, walked the strip (where all the men keep calling me ‘taxi’, still better than bike!) and we started our stay in a lovely hotel with fluffy towels, crisp white linen sheets, air con (of course) and a swimming pool. We did only stay 2 days as this was way over budget but it was great to get a comfy bed and restful nights sleep. We have now swapped to a little guest house on the beach road which is still a/c, has hot water, fairly comfy beds and a fridge….but half the price. We have filled our fridge with water, indian wine (not yet sampled but I’ll report on that) and peanuts from one of the supermarkets. We even have a balcony that looks out on the beach road and all of the activity there. It’s not really the season yet, that doesn’t start for a couple of weeks so there’s frantic building activity. Beach shacks being hastily erected out of bamboo and palm leaves, walls being plastered and everything being painted. It’s been difficult to find internet connections and more especially wifi. I think that may be because this is more touristy and still out of season so they are not connected yet.
Not really much else to report except I have to say that the reason we picked the rather grandly named ‘Alexandras Tourist Centre’ to stay for our last 2 nights is because Mrs Alexandra looks like an older Indian Pam! She is so sweet but still a tough one to haggle with even charging us 10 rupees for a photo copy that she needs to send to the police!! So Ron and Pam, if you get to Candolim you have to come and say hello. She’s a bit camera shy but I will try and get her photo and post it on the gallery.
Another golden sunset at the end of another golden day