Published: October 27th 2008October 13th 2008
The bus from Mumbai to Goa arrived 1 hour too late (unless it starts in Mumbai) - then we drove 2 hours through Mumbai until we left the city (there doesn’t seem to be big high ways or tunnels to cross the city…) - that drove me crazy because I had a cold, the Air Conditioning worked 180 %, I couldn’t switch it off, lots of curves and bumps in the street but at least a deluxe bus so I could sleep a bit…. Until I finally arrived in Goa!
The landscape became more and more beautiful - I love it when everything is sooooooo fully green and tropical!
I found a great room in the house of a family and stayed there for one week - the toilet was 50 meters away from the house (shared within the neighborhood) and I had to get water out of the house from the tab in the street - back to the roots! I looooooove that!
The house was just 100 meters far away from the beach - I could hear the waves at night! Marion - thank you so much for borrowing me your mosquito net -
it was so important because the windows were holes in the wall and there was lots of space between the walls and the roof - I’m sure there’re living lots of animals…
On the first evening I met some lovely German sisters from Bremen in the village - we spent the whole week together: boat tour to some nice beaches - one of them we had to imagine because there was still flood :) We eat a lot of seafood and had great breakfasts directly on the beach in a great restaurant! I had an ayurvedic whole body massage - but I think it was not that professional... but anyway, relaxing!
The season in Palolem beach was about to start - so every day there opened another pub, restaurant or shop on the beach - everybody seems to help the others in building the shops - very nice and helpful people! The only bad thing were all the people that ask you the whole day long if you need a rickshaw/ taxi, jewels, food, massage, boat trip etc - so the last day I went to Agonda beach just next to Palolem - less tourists and no salesmen -
Palolem in Goa/ Southwest India
preparations for the Christian procession
The last day I saw a dead cobra sneak on the beach - at least I saw it on the last day (I was told they don’t live in the village and tried to believe that…).
Goa is the only area in India where you can go swimming in a bikini - Indians from outside of Goa are still starring the whole time, Indian women go swimming with their clothes on - but it’s accepted and just normal for Goa. It has a lot of Portuguese influence :) Goa used to be a Portuguese colony so lots of people are Christians.
It was so great to get up very early - the best time of the day because it’s not that hot yet, jump into the sea, go jogging on the beach, swim again and having breakfast just right next to the beach: fruit muesli with yoghurt, fresh pineapple juice and ginger-lemon tea for less than 2 Euros!
You can imagine it was not easy to leave that place...
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