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Feb 9, 2007 - Patnem Paradise

I wasn't too sure as to where I was heading when I boarded the train south of Bombay. I paid up till Gokarana, Karnataka, but as the Train travelled into the south of Goa, I had the sudden urge to get off and go check out Palolem beach where I had visited 10 years previous. I jumped off the train, met a couple of Israelis who told me to head to Patnem beach not Palolem, jumped into a rickshaw with a very white, English boy called Fraser and with 5 minutes we arrived at a beautiful beach lined with cheap huts and chilled restaurants. Of...

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The final chapter?

Jan 26, 2007 - Goa

Ahhhhhhh! Beach hut on the Arabian sea. Coconut palm trees. Kind of like the Corona commercials but in India and holding a Kingfisher beer instead. We arrived Patnem beach just in time. Adam and I had reached our TM, our tout maximum. Past the TM, we'd have exploded. Time to decompress. Patnem beach is a chill, low key area just south of Palolem. It's quaint, quiet and exactly what we had in mind. Even better, we found a wonderful restaurant, Home, which serves...SALAD! And not only fresh salad, but with real feta or blue cheese. Crunchy...

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Jan 26, 2007 - India - Goa

We spent the last 4-5 days of our trip in Goa. Western coastal town. If any of you have seen the "Bourne Supremacy", they filmed the opening scenes there. (No Matt Damon though). It was a nice way to unwind. We planned on doing a whole lot of nothing, but It never pans out that way. We shopped ourselves weary, visited a spice plantation, did a city tour of Punaji (Goa's Capital) and only spent a total of 5 hours "laying" on the beach the entire time. We got to visit the Famous Anjuna "Wednesday Fea market". Started in the late 60's by a...

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Jan 24, 2007 - Horror to Heaven in One Week

Note: I know I've left out photos, but I'm having trouble accessing them on the computer I'm on, so it will have to wait until next time, as I have already been in this internet cafe for 3 hours and need to find some delicious Indian food to fill my belly with! Where to start... Nothing could have prepared me for my midnight arrival in Delhi. The shock after the long flight left me feeling absolutely terrified as I walked through the airport past the hundreds—yes, hundreds—of signs with passenger's names and their respective hotels on them....

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Mel's India Trip

Jan 8, 2007 - Goa

Hello, Our time in Goa relaxing, drinking and dancing is nearly over. And to be honest that is all there really is to do in Goa. I can see how backpackers, or Hippies as the locals call us, can get stuck in Goa sitting on the beach smoking and listening to the chilled out music with no real challenges. But we are looking for something a bit more exciting and are keen to move on to Rajasthan. That's certainly not to say I haven't enjoyed my time in Goa. We've followed the parties round from Anjuna to Vagator. I'm certainly not going to...

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Jan 6, 2007 - Lotus Eating In Palolem

Happy New Year to everyone! I'm feeling a little bereft today as two new friends went home this morning. When I was in Hampi a few weeks ago I met a lovely couple from Yorkshire called Harriet and Adrian. On an excursion to Arambol from Anjuna just before New Year I fortuitously bumped into Harriet again in a hostelry. "Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." We spent a somewhat traumatic New Year together and subsequently came down to Palolem in S. Goa where I am now. New Year is my least favorite...

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If not now, when?

Jan 3, 2007 - Happy New Year!

Hello, I hope you all had a great NYE and 2007 has started well.I have had a fantastic start to 2007 and now think every new year should be celebrated in the sun. We had origionally planned on spending NYE in a place called Disco Valley in Vagator about 25 min from where we were staying in Candolim. However when we went to get a taxi we were told it would take 1-2hrs with all the traffic and cost about 12 pounds and god knows how much to get back. So we made the decision to stay where we were and ended up having a fantastic time with all...

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Dec 30, 2006 - Goodbye Mumbai - Our first mini adventure

Hello again, Lucy had a few issues with her website yesterday and lost everything she wrote so we are back in an internet cafe again today. However that does give me a chance to tell you about all the fun we were having last night. (The letters have worn off the keys on the computer i'm using so apologies if some of the words are wrong). After I emailed last night we managed to find all the westoners in a restaurant. Where we bravely tried the local curry. Lucy ordered Chicken Tika, mushroom rice and garlic naan, the waiter thought I was...

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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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