Goa, Goa Gone!

We have just spent a very relaxing 9 days in Goa…. doing not very much really!

but unfortunately the time has come for us to move on………lets recap a little on the last few days and say a little about what Goa has to offer………

A perfect Arambol Sunset

Arambol is where we stayed, a quiet little resort in the north of Goa. The beach had lovely sand that was nice and clean with beautiful views up and down the beach. The sun was shinning almost every day and the sunsets were always worth waiting for. The coast is covered with lots of little fishing boats that  need to be manually pulled out of the water in the evening. Fishing seems to be a large part of the culture here in Arambol……

There are lots and lots of bar/ restaurants on the water front. Some of these were friendly and others too over friendly bordering on creepy, however the food was a big improvement from the previous locations. We found a cool place right at the end where it was a little quiet. 2 for 1 cocktails and tasty veg pakoras, and the man always saved us his best sun loungers………..the preferd drink of choice was a large bottle of Kingfisher, only costing 70 rupees (1 pound approx). Something told to me to make the most of it while it’s cheap…….. There are lots of scooter/bike hire shops all competing with each other for business along with sunglasses and towels and t-shirts. That appears to be the same for almost every shop in India. Not one of the stalls seem to be able to give you an actual price…….unless it is completely ridicules.

No questions asked about hiring a bike, we managed to get a 200cc Baja avenger without signing any paperwork……. Rachel was a little scared about it as he kept her passport as insurance………in the end it all worked out.

The room we managed to bag as soon as we arrived was ok. It was cheap and had bathroom and hot water. The only downside was it stank……..a small price to pay for such beauty. There are loads of huts on the beach that are cheaper too. accommodation is plentiful as are the cows!

Beach Life

The transport around Goa maybe a little thin on the ground but I’m sure if you’ve got plenty of time to spare, it is possible to get from one place to another. The best and easiest way is on bike or scooter. The traffic isn’t as crazy as the big cities but there are still pot holes a plenty. Watch out for the cops, they like to tax the tourists.

The 9 days have been really good fun, we both have enjoyed the lazy beaches and the booze, also meeting some pretty cool people, but I think that if we don’t move on we could find ourselves trapped here for a long time……..I’m almost starting to become part of the furniture in the Lockie cafe. That’s where Tommy’s jam night is held………Rock on Tommy.

Got a sweet 12 hour bus ride later………….in the coffin box.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachie
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 07:03:09

    Haha…. gotta love that coffin box…. hope the bus stops for toilet breaks this time! xx

    Reply

  2. tonton
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 20:33:42

    Goa,goa,gone!Yes,but where?Get your asses out of the lazy beach resorts & back to some “serious” back-packing;the tougher it gets, the more you will appreciate it afterwards.Good to skype with you on Sunday night.Fifty days already & still enthusiastic,in spite of the occasional pain in the ****,nespa?
    Ouch,Tonton.

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  3. tonton
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 10:50:03

    Sent a comment “goa,goa,gone…”2 days ago and your blog replied “your
    comment is awaiting moderation”;whatever that means. Am I still
    getting thru? Where are you ar present?

    Reply

    • bannisto
      Nov 06, 2010 @ 13:09:39

      Yes – but we have to approve your comments so you have to wait until we are online!

      We are in Hampi in Karnataka…. exploring the ancient ruins!

      xxx

      Reply

  4. tonton
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 10:58:05

    having problems sending comments cos I changed email address for last
    two messages & it didn’t forward.Hope it’s working again. where are you
    now?

    Reply

  5. tonton
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 11:04:13

    Good,we seem to be connected again;will be in touch again soon.Hope all’s
    well & that the old enthousiasm has returned. Bisoux,Tonton

    Reply

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