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Mar 1, 2005 - Anjuna: Back in Goa, Chilling

We arrived back in Goa on Sunday after a lot of stress at the airport after a travel agent sold us tickets we were told were confirmed but actually only got us on a waiting list. Sods law we didn't make it on to the flight, so had to travel for 6 hours overland in a taxi driven my a man who kept falling a sleep or phlegming up - nice! Anyway, it is very funny here - good to be back in a heat that is bearable (it's just as hot as Kerala but not humid). We are in a place called Anjuna - taken over by hippies in the 60's and a bit spoilt...

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Feb 16, 2005 - India - Goa - Panaji & Old Goa

Namaste!!! We took another local bus to Hospet and a 'sleeper bus' from there to Panaji, the capital of Goa. This whole new concept of actually booking a double bed in a night-bus turned out to be quite an experience. Not only was it comfortable, but it was also very beautiful to sleep watching the stars and the moon and wake up with sunrise and realize that you are somewhere completely different. Goa is so different from the rest of India. To start with, there is all the Portuguese colonial architecture, but it isn't only that, the...

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RTW 2005

Feb 16, 2005 - Goa

Another train journey, this time to the south of India - Goa to be more precise! The desert landscape was replaced by palm trees, lakes and sweltering heat. Getting off the train with every intention of going on to Panaji to participate in the apparently amazing Easter festival there, the thought of another 2 hour bus ride put us off, so we got a taxi to Anjuna instead. Culture or slobbing around on a beach, it was no contest really! Anjuna is a strange mixture of Europeans on their two week holidays, those who came to Goa years ago and...

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Jan 30, 2005 - Goa

I managed to get a direct train to Goa with a reserved seat on a 3 tier sleeper leaving 4.20pm saturday and arriving 7.30am sunday morning, a good 16 hours in total. Soon as I was left alone to get the train, a barrage of young children and beggars decended on me through out the 1 1/2 hours + that I waited for the train which was running late. A bit scary to start off with, but I guess you've got to get on with it and be firm with them - as hard as it is. Eventually we were off, my seat was next to an indian family who were friendly...

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Jan 12, 2005 - Goa Sunsets

Been roughing it on a Goa beach for the past week. Beautiful spot that you can really get stuck in. I think there are hippies here that missed there flight back home in the 70's and never got around to rescheduling them. There are thousands of travelers in all of these little beach towns in Goa. Most of them are Israeli, for some reason, and then there are a lot of other Europeans. Only have run into one or two other Americans. Goa, apparently, is a world famous party place, and the beach town 20 mile north of here, Anjuna, is rave...

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Dec 30, 2004 - Day on the beach

Hello all We're on the beach again and the weather, like 365 days a year in Goa, is beautiful. However, I'm still grieving over what happend on the East coast. I just can't get my mind around it all. The humm... is all over here. The papers in India are extremley graphic. That doesn't help matters, you can be thankful for scenorship. I just keep picturing the beaches we were at 2 weeks ago, the little villages that we visited and people we met. Now, if alive, I'm sure are devastated and their homes are destroyed. The last I checked the...

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Dec 29, 2004 - Goa

Andate a vedere Udaipur, ci sono le foto del nostro primoa Natale da sposati. Ebbene si siamo a Goa. Non e' un'incongruenza rispetto a quello che vi abbiamo scritto a Bombay dall'aereoporto, il fatto e' che allora non potevamo sapere che il nostro volo per Bangalore avrebbe avuto sette ore e mezza di ritardo causa nebbia e che quindi pur di non rimanere bloccati, avremmo deciso di andare a Goa appunto. Oltretutto Federico cominciava a dare segni di febbre anche lui ed un paio di persone vedendoci bardati come degli alpini ci sono venuti a...

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Dec 29, 2004 - Goa

I was stuck in Delhi with no ticket out of it. If I got a train I wouldn't have got there in time for New Years Eve, so the only option I had was to fly. Being a holiday there weren't many flights but I did find one agent who had a flight. However, even though the flight costs US$200 (which is what would be on the ticket) I would have to pay US$280. This means the man in the agency would get a nice bit of commission. He was very honest and said it was the only available flight. I had already tried the airlines direct and they said there...

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Gemma's RTW trip

Dec 19, 2004 - Goa

Well Folks, We have arrived in Goa which is a world apart from the rest of India. We are at a small hotel about 100 yards from the beach. Kendall and Connor arrived yesterday only 8 hours late from a flight from Delhi. Delhi suffers from thick dense (think Tule) fog which stops all comercial flights and trains. Goa is totally unlike any other part of India. It was a Portugese Colony until the 1950s. It is a vacation meca for tourists from England and the continent. Consequently is has many overweight bright red Europeans on the beach. The...

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Dec 19, 2004 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year greetings from the sun, sand, and sea of Goa, India. Goa and India - what an oxymoron! Goa feels more like Bermuda than India. It's clean, beautiful, tourist-friendly, and...catholic. If it weren't for the random cow walking the beach, or the group of wild pigs who play under the bamboo huts, I'd surely forget I'm in India. Here, the beaches are clean, the air pure, the sunsets dazzling, and the ocean refreshing. During the days I walk, read, eat fresh grilled fish (or indian cuisine) and swim. The...

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The Journey

Dec 7, 2004 - Fun in the sun!!

Hello all We are in a small sleepy beach town called Benaulim and loving it. Finally after so much moving around, oneday here the next day there, we can relax for a while. Our accomadation is right on the beach and between lounging in the sun, eating some great sea food and talking with some new friends, our days are full. There are some very interesting travels that other people are doing, places I would not dream of going. It was a lot out of our budget but we decided to fly to Goa and avoid a 40 hour train ride. The flights here are...

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Dec 6, 2004 - Goa

Written by Sarah 6th December We arrived in Panaji, the capital of Goa, at 9am. Hords of taxi drivers swarmed at us shouting 'Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Anjuna, Baja' (referring to all the popular beach resorts in Goa). Very disoriantated and tired, a couple of Aussies and a couple of Candians who had been on our bus came to the rescue. Brian and Darren (the Candians) and Matt and Mark (the Aussies) were keen to stay as a group and suggested we spend one night in the capital to chill out and get ourselves together then head off to a beach....

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