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Mar 16, 2007 - Goa - Palolem Beach

It was strange to fly again after so many weeks of travelling by road but before we knew it we were descending into the Dabolim airport. The government tourism desk in the arrivals area arranged a taxi to take us to Palolem Beach in South Goa. We walked out into the sunshine and found a driver holding up a sign with "Kapoor" in bold letters. All so efficient and easy. Everyone we spoke to before coming to Goa had told us that the quietest and most relaxing beaches are at the south end of Goa, so we were prepared for the hour and a half ride...

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Feb 16, 2007 - Goa, Arambol... holy mother of god!

Arambol... what to say about this place? It's been getting close to two months here and i so easily see how so many foreigner's make it their home for four to six months of the year, every year. Maybe some examples will help me here. Walking down the beach at sunset... i come across backpackers spinning poi, sticks, juggling and sharing techniques... this is all practice for the evening fire shows. Further down there will no doubt be various people doing yoga, i know of one jam session every night with guitars and singing, drums of course....

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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

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