Rajasthani Night Fever and Goan Pick me ups!

Have been off the radar for a while due to a rather unpleasant viral infection which I picked up on the tour of Rajasthan. The desert was hot and expensive and I spent half of our trip feeling like death warmed up! But after a trip to the hospital which included tests for typhoid and malaria… I was rehydrated through an I.V drip and almost back to normal for a 16 hour bus ride to Mumbai and then a 12 hour train ride to Goa…. covering some serious distance!

The bus was an absolute nightmare…. we had purchased reclining seats but after an hour in them feeling like we were in a washing machine… we ‘upgraded’ to a sleeper coffin…. which was a bit quieter and also allowed us to wee in a bottle and throw it out the window…. ah yes…. the glamour of backpacking continues! We were dreading Mumbai as yes another big city but it was actually ok… we only spent a day there and ate some very cheap and yummy street food!

At Mumbai's city beach

Our train to Goa was leaving at 5am (why all these trains are always so antisocial I will never know!) but we thought we might get some sleep on it! No such luck…. this was our first day train and we were in the cheap seats…. every 3 minutes there was a Eunuch asking for money or a woman selling coconuts or a man selling chai…. walking up and down the carriage shouting chai chai chai at the top of his voice…. we started to go a little mad after 12 hours! The view from the train was stunning though… beautiful green fields and rivers running alongside the train.

So when we arrived in Goa we were more than a little frazzled! our taxi took us to Arambol… a little town we had identified as potentially less touristy…. another scary breakneck speed journey through dark streets… but we made it in one piece. Headed to the beach and we were greeted by twinkly little fairy lights and tables all over the beach…. magical!

Our resort is lovely and chilled out and the beach is clean and offers loads of shade from the hot sun…. it’s definitely a place to do nothing and we arrived just before the mad season starts so all the hotels are dead cheap. The way to get around here is by motorbike, so we hired a Bajaj 200cc bike for 3 days to explore the coast…. discovering that our resort is one of the better and less manic than the others. We explored up and down the coast looking at beaches and drinking cold drinks in the shade…. then we made the big mistake of heading on the highway to the capital of the state “Panajim” where we were stopped and fined by the police…. in true Indian style… they pocketed 80% of the fine and wrote a smaller figure on our ticket….. trust us…. Other people come to Goa every year and never get stung!

So we are just relaxing here at the beach and recharging batteries… Andy has made a name for himself at the local music bar where he has been performing various covers and even some of his own songs…. its all good practice for Pleasantfest!

New photos are online at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=564113&id=526920001&l=43398fcfd9


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anna petch
    Oct 30, 2010 @ 13:46:26

    Hey my lovely travellers,
    Hope you are all better now and suitably chillaxed, sounds like you’ve had a bit of a time of it. Enjoy the sunshine and relaxation time.
    We love you lots.
    Take Care
    Anna and Ollie xx


  2. big sis
    Oct 30, 2010 @ 16:07:17

    hey guys , glad your both ok and re-hydradedand got rid of the manky eye flu….. love the photos it looks so chilled… enjoy lots of lovexxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


  3. Jayne, Matt and Florence
    Oct 30, 2010 @ 20:42:12

    Hello from us! We have been catching up on your blog and are very impressed with your travel writing – Micheal Palin watch out!

    Hope you’re both feeling better now after your virus, Rach. Sounds horrible.

    We’ve just been to Florence’s first Halloween party – she definitely had the best outfit. Matt’s put some pics on facebook so check them out! Moonpig has also started singing this week which is very cute. She’ll be doing a duet with Matt at next year’s Pleasant Fest.

    Sending you both lots of love
    Take care
    Jayne, Matt & Floss pots


  4. Shell
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 21:25:33

    Hope you are recovered from hospital lady and fighting fit again! You had me worried! xxxx


  5. beste potenzmittel
    Nov 09, 2010 @ 23:12:52

    Man, talk about a fantastic post! I?ve stumbled across your blog a few times within the past, but I usually forgot to bookmark it. But not again! Thanks for posting the way you do, I genuinely appreciate seeing someone who actually has a viewpoint and isn?t really just bringing back up crap like nearly all other writers today. Keep it up!


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