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Apr 6, 2018 - Marnagao Goa India

History: The state of Goa was the cultural center of Portuguese India for 450 years. This was the first region in India colonized by Europe. About a third of Goans are catholic and the Basilica of Born Jesus, holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Can’t quite get my arms around a cultural that lives in filth, allow cows to rule the country and don’t understand personal space. Heading to the markets of Mumbai if I find my water buffalo sandals I will be happier with India.

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Apr 6, 2018 - Goa – Land of Portuguese Catholic Churches

The island of Goa is the next stop in India. It was Portuguese ruled for 500 years until 1961 so has a Latin feel to it. The band (Trumpet, Saxophone, 2 drums) on the pier is playing a latin sounding polka as we come down the gangway. There is a Queen and King you can get your picture with the looks like she has a Spanish dress on. The pier is surrounded by green hills and rusting boats. Not at all what we were expecting. Immigration is easier today. The guys just look at your picture and add another stamp to the landing permit. Today we...

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Feb 2, 2018 - Amazing Things You Can Do in Goa for Free

“The best things in life are free”, whoever said this must have been to Goa. India’s most popular beach destination, Goa is a paradise for both domestic and international tourists. Whether you are on a tight budget or on a luxury trip, Goa offers endless opportunities to everyone. From enjoying free sunshine to free surfing, here are top 10 things you can do in Goa for free -- Church Hopping Goa is home to some of the oldest churches in the country, including the famous UNESCO world Heritage sites. Some famous churches include St....

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Jan 2, 2018 - Beach huts and public buses

Jess’ mum and dad went home yesterday so traveller lifestyle starts now! 𯘬 Decided we’d go with the cheap option to get to Palolem in south Goa. This involved taking 3 public buses over 3/4 hours in 30+Degree heat with backpacks and bags all in tow. There’s no such thing as personal space in India and your squished next to everyone with sweat just dripping off you! But...it only cost us a pound for the whole journey Compared to £30 for a taxi! We arrived and went straight for food so we could get wi-if and find somewhere to stay, decided...

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Dec 2, 2017 - Varanasi

We are sitting on the roof of our hotel, the Sita Guest House, in Varanasi, overlooking the Ganges, which has been turned into a rooftop restaurant. We've just attempted to catch an hour or so of sleep, which eluded me, after our overnight flight from Goa. I had booked us for a mid day flight, but the airline discontinued that one, and put us on one that left at midnight from Goa to Delhi, for 3 1/2 hours, with a 5 1/2 hour layover until 8 am this morning, then another 1 1/2 hours to Varanasi. Thank goodness I had arranged for a car to pick...

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Dec 1, 2017 - Good-bye Goa

We haven't heard from Sheeja in a couple of days, and then got word from Sharon and Babu that flooding was occurring around his home near Neyyar Dam, 25 minutes from her place. Today's newspaper says a cyclone is hitting southern Kerala where we were, and in Kannyakumari people are being evacuated by the army, navy, and Air Force. 3,000 power poles have been toppled and 500 trees uprooted. 8 people killed, 4 in Kerala, and 4 in Kannyakumari which is in Tamil Nadu state. I sure hope the house we bought holds up for Sheeja, who has her...

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Nov 29, 2017 - Anjuna Hippy Market

Jud went out carousing in Baga until 5:30 a.m. So happy he has his own space so we didn't know enough to worry about him. He had a great time checking out clubs and bars, meeting people, and getting free drinks at some, as the bouncers thought he was with a group, and had paid a cover fee (which was not the case). Two guys gave him a ride back to the hotel on the back of their scooter. He said it was one of the weirdest experiences in his life, as he'd never ridden with two guys before, but they said, "Not to worry sir, this is everyday...

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Nov 28, 2017 - Baga, Goa

Another hot 30degree day, that feels like 38 according to the weather network. After breakfast we decided to walk the 20 minutes to the town of Baga and check out the beach, shops, and exchange some money for Rupees. Cool drinks, some haggling over t-shirts and jewelry, and we took a taxi back with 10 foil packets of port (Goa was settled by the Portuguese, hence the port) and some local cashew feni (moonshine made from cashews). After lunch some cooling off time by the pool, reading, writing, and playing pool on the small lobby table....

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Nov 27, 2017 - Royal Goan Resort Monterio

We're staying in a condo RCI timeshare complex, near Calungate, north of Arpura, south of Baga. Older worn furniture, Indian style, but a great bed that allowed us our best sleep in two weeks. They apparently upgraded us to an imperial suite, which in fact means that we have an enhanced sound system for the TV. Too bad we have to climb 8 sets of stairs to reach our room. Refreshed, but ravenous, after a disastrous room service experience last night (cold chicken burgers, limp fries, and shrimp drowned in sandwich spread sauce), we decided...

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Nov 26, 2017 - Goa

Up at 5:30 this am and served a 7 course breakfast from Sheeja. Some tears amid the good-byes. Arrived at 6 pm in Goa, after all day travel, leaving at 7:10 am from Sheeja's house. Drive for an hour to the Trivandrum airport, wait an hour, a 2 1/2 hour flight on Indigo Airlines to Mumbai, a 3 1/2 hour layover to pick up luggage and go through security to Spice Jet airlines, a 1 1/4 hour flight to Goa. Then a 1 1/4 hour car ride to our hotel/condo in northern Goa near Baga and Arpura. Will check out the area tomorrow, and indulging in...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Tranquillity in South Goa, Agonda Beach.

Tranquillity in South Goa, Agonda Beach. Agonda is a small village in Canacona, South Goa. Agonda Beach is a great spot for relaxing, swimming and sunbathing with still relatively few tourists. Its is a nice long pristine 2km stretch of beach. It is definitely the best for people who want to be in a calm environment away from the hustle of the North Goa Beaches like Baga and Calangute. Theres no Loud Music and No Clubs and few tourists as compared to other beaches which makes it a perfect travellers spot. A Perfect Getaway The Beautiful...

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Apr 30, 2017 - leaving goa

I'm writing from a cab with a/c. Friggin amazing. Yesterday a couple of us ventured to the end of the beach to try to get to monkey island and butterfly beach... There's no monkey or butterflies there . There are people selling boat rides over there but we were able to walk across the river part between the two and just held our bags over our heads. It was cool over there.. it was pretty rocky.. I cut my foot on a rock :(. I've been keeping it super clean and with polysporin and then a dressing and a tensor wrap over top, and then a sock...

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