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Published: March 5th 2010
The last few days in Goa ahve been probably my best so far in India. Goa is just such a magical place and i love it here sooo much. It was well worth the day and a half spent on the sleeper train, leaving at 10:45pm on the 1st and arriving at 5.30am on the 3rd. It was quite comfortable on the beds and they bring good free food, better then you get on a plane. I had a tasty chicken Bryani which i have been eating quite a lot of recently. Its the only thing they have on the menus here which bares any resemblance to a curry house back home. In my opinion the naan breads are not as tasty as the Jalsha's but who am I to judge. They are just a lot thinner and blander here, probably because the spices in the sauce are a lot stronger.
I have also started drinking coffee and have at least one a day now. But its funny because all the other volunteers who drink coffee regulaly at home say this coffee is rubbish becaue it is too sweet and milky. I actually prefer hot sugary milk with a hint of coffee so it suits me perfectly. The ice coffees you can get are also fantastic, especially one i had where they put a big scoop of chocolate chip ice cream on the top.
The first day here we spent just switching between sunbathing and swimming on about a half-hourly basis. I can't think of a better beach i have been to, it was so beautiful and because its southern Goa away from the bulk of tourists reasonably deserted. I can't manage more then about 30mins sunbathing as you really feel like your roasting and need to cool off. But i have avoided sunburn successfully using my hybrid half factor 15 and half factor 30 sun cream which we mixed in desperation as i was packing and i didn't have anything to take. I am still way browner then I've ever been before though, also a little skinnier i think. We went for a walk in the afternoon and explored over some rocks to see a picturesque uninhabited island, then we sat for a while and watched the most amazing sunset i have ever seen.
We have a favourite restaurent already were we have gone for 4 out of 5 meals so far and it has seats at the front where you can lay down on matresses and cushions and look out over the beach.
Yesterday I left the girls in Palolem and did some adventuring on my own, I will meet up with them to catch the train to Jodhpur together. I managed a complicated bus route to Pranajim the capital of Goa which was a nice and relaxed city, a lot cleaner then the others i have seen as well. Because it was built by the portugese It just reminded me of southern spain or the mediterranien. I spent the night in a cheap hotel and then moved on to Baga today. This is baisically the tourist centre of Goa and the beaches are jam-packed. No room for frisbee but i have played more then enough of that recently. There are still just about more sunbeds then people though and i managed to get one cloe to the water. The sea is actually quite warm here but still so nice to swim in. I went for quite a long swim as i felt like i hadn't done any exercise in a while and swam about 1k along the beach, but itr was really choppy and i kepy drifting out without noticing, i could always make it back fine though. I am supposed to be meeting another english guy who i met before and shuold be here now but we havent been able to contact each other so i don't know if he will turn up. Still there are so many westerners i have seen already that I'm sure i will make some friends quickly. There are some clubs and hundreds of bars here as well so maybe i will head to some of them tonight.
Miss everyone back home and can't wait to here from you, don't forget to email or comment!
Lots of Love
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