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Dec 27, 2006 - The Pilgrimage to Mecca

India can be all too much sometimes! From Hampi I took a very bumpy overnight bus to Goa and emerged bleary eyed and bruised in Panjji at dawn. This was not my final destination but we were suddenly told that the bus was now stopping here and the two remaining passengers, a guy from Denmark and I were to take a minibus for the last part. The "minibus" was a beaten up old coach with most of the seats missing and replaced with eight overflowing oil drums full of diesel, the contents of which were swimming around the floor and filling the...

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If not now, when?

Dec 26, 2006 - Goa.........................

So, he arrives at Goa airport, grabs his bag and is met by a gorgeous lady from the Marriott who's waiting with an ice cold coke on a silver tray. A porter grabs the luggage and takes it to the waiting car, idling away to keep the AC running. It's like pop star treatment, everyone is watching - probably very jealous - wondering who this guy is. Little do they know it's just an Aussie backpacker splashing out for xmas, but I keep that bit of info tucked away. And so began my week in Goa.... Although I was only spending one night at the...

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The Wanderer

Dec 23, 2006 - Palolem - Goa

After flying out of Rajasthan, we arrived in Palolem Goa to find a tropical beach paradise complete with white sands, warms seas, palm trees and a lady who sells fresh pineapple from a bowl on her head for $1/50p for a whole one!! She even cuts it up for you! It's also the one place we found in India where beer is dirt cheap. Lots more tourists and so lots more Christmas fanfare as well which was nice. We went on a short boat cruise and saw some dolphins in the bay, but the lazy buggers wouldn't jump right out of the water for us like we'd...

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Begbies on Tour

Dec 19, 2006 - Goa - Panjim

Goa has been a complete surprise, the climate is almost perfect, hot sunny days with hardly any humidity, the evenings are cool. We were really fortunate to have picked Panjim as our base in Goa as it was just so beautiful, quiant and full of historic charm. Narrow streets winding round brightly coloured homes and shops, you could stroll amongst the lanes all day discovering hidden-away cafes, restaurants and some wonderful run-down old buildings of Portuguess influence, taty but still full of charm. Panjim can only be discribe in...

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Dec 10, 2006 - Goa, Betalbatim Beach- Thanks to Mo and Ryan!

Our friends Mo and Ryan got a villa in Goa for a week through a silent auction at Tuck, where Ryan is attending business school. Little did they know at the time, they wouldn't be alone. Upon hearing of the villa, we immediately added India to our itinerary. So did others. The 4 bedroom house was constantly full with overflow onto the couch in the living room. Betalbatim Beach in Goa is a relaxed and uncrowded ocean retreat. This beach tends to draw mostly Russian visitors, who come to escape the harsh Russian winters, drink bottles of Old...

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Dec 4, 2006 - The rest of Kochin and Goa

As promised some photos of Goa and the rest of Kochin...although there are dolphins in Goa there are no whales so the big white whale you see is just me getting out of the beach. And thanks to Raj who explained that to ring the mobile number you just put +91 and then the mobile number 9920122910...enjoy all We head to Ahmadabad in Gujurat at 1.30, apparently we're heading to the snow in rajasthan and Punjab! what a contrast R and B xxx

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Get It INDIA!

Nov 11, 2006 - Palolem, Goa

Goa is without a doubt one of the nicest places we have been all trip. We are at a sleepy little beach called Palolem and we are loving it. Prices are almost identical to Delhi, with only a slight mark up which means we get all the benefits of paradise with none of the BS. The country side is stunning here. Water is murky so snorkeling is lacking but the pristine untouched beaches are fantastic. We are staying in a little beach hut right on the beach and basically just eating, drinking, swimming, and lazing. Its everything I hoped for. A...

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Oct 25, 2006 - Life's a beach

Hi All So here we are in Goa. We have reached a small fishing village called Benaulim and last night we tucked into some fresh tiger prawns and shark. It was absolutely delicious and so nice to finally eat something other than vegetables. I also managed to find some rather lovely white wine - although I didn't realise that it was much stronger than the pinot, so Jamie had to 'guide' me back to our guest house after just 3 glasses!! Lying on the beach all day has given me some time to reflect on our little tour of North India and i thought...

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Oct 23, 2006 - Goa

Its goa'n off....with the local Indian pervert!! Its absolutely hilarious (yet at the same time frustrating) to watch these guys wander around the beach in there long pants, long shirt, office shoes and 1970's porno moustache thinking they are invisible to western women. They will blatently stand either right in front of a sunbaking tourist or stand next to her and get their friend to take a photo. But saying that, Goa has been the highlight of the trip so far. Every day we pulled up a couple of sunloungers and an umbrella and got our...

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Oct 16, 2006 - The Amazing Flea Circus

"Roll up. Roll up. And see a sight more astounding than the sham marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Yes for the price of one cheap, double room in Palolem you too can witness the magnificent spectacle of the Amazing Flea Circus! Watch as the little critters feast upon the pale white skin of Chelsea. Marvel at the 30-40 bites that adorn the body of Miss Edwards. Never before have the fleas feasted so well!" Yes that's right we really have stayed in a flea pit...But only Chelsea was affected. I have come off scott free. But Chels is...

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Oct 14, 2006 - Chilled out in Goa!

Well, we've survived our flight to Goa...The airline didn't catch fire even though it was Friday 13th! And, just as importantly, our bowels have survived another couple of days in India...From now on this site shall have regular "Shit-site" Updates...where you'll all be able to get regular updates on the state of Jon and Chels' large intestines - cos that's what most of you seem to ask about! Thanks for all the birthday messages yesterday - it was a quiet one. After arriving in Goa we managed a meal, a couple of 'Gin Fizz' and a fairly...

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Sep 3, 2006 - A week in India...

Well it has now been a week since my tearful goodbye to England! I don't think my cats quite understood as I sobbed into their fur last Sunday morning!! As you can imagine the airports were stressful, well actually Heathrow was stressful, Mumbai and Goa were a breeze! We are still adjusting to Indian life, well I am, Simon seems to have slipped into it very easily, well not too hard when beers cost 50p and you can buy amazing curry everywhere! I am still getting used to the dogs, chickens, cows, no toilet roll (don't ask!!) and bugs the...

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