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Apr 17, 2007 - GOA!!!

17th April 01:30 and a reminder from Mum to leave plenty of time for the internal flight check-in. Thanks Mum! However Ramesh ready and waiting for me at 05:30 to take me to the airport. Through check-in in no-time minus a bottle opener as i'd forgottent to check into the hold!?! Never mind, I hear it is easier to buy beer in Goa and apparently it is even cheaper - result! . An hour late taking off meant that I had less time to waste in Mumbai before my onward flight to Goa - (but many Pam Ann inferences, Luke... very funny!). . Once in Goa...

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Jul 5, 2006 - Calangute!

Okie Doke so now I'm in Calangute which is not actually on the map....so you can just look at the red dot. I ended up staying the whole next day in Panaji and Guntram and I rented scooters again and this time it was much more intense! We drove to Old Goa ....and basically all around the state for about 6 hours on some of the main highways! I felt like a true Indian driver.....no road rules, no speed limit or functioning speedometer, no turns signals, no helmets, no accidents, everyone just sharing the road and communicating by horn. It was...

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Apr 6, 2006 - Goa, Delhi and beyond!

All right first stop was GOA...yes of the infamous all night party & package tourist hot spot Goa. We were there for only a day and a half (too long if you ask either of us!) just long enough to check out the infamous Ajuna Wednesday Flea Market, get a massage, decide middle aged english people should not all congregate together in one spot and then catch our flight to Delhi. Yes flight...I know, I know, you think to yourself, "Wait, isn't Melanie a budget backpacker, who hasn't held a proper job in years?" Well yes, yes I am, but with the...

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Come Away With Me...

Mar 10, 2006 - The Goan Diet

Screw the Atkins diet, South Beach, grapefruit, cabbage soup or whatever weight loss miracle du jour Oprah's pushing this month, if you want to shed kilos in a hurry, come to India and drink the water. For that matter, skip the water and just be here...sooner or later Vishnu's Revenge will come calling and you'll have no choice but to answer. So it was that my return to the beach for some fun in the sun got waylaid and I spent the week tethered to my toilet. Goa really wasn't even on my radar as a place of interest given that I'd already...

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Nov 24, 2005 - Bollywood Boulevard

As we arrived in Panjim, the red carpets were rolled out and the van loads of camera crews pulled up. No we haven't made it big in Bollywood, it was the opening day of the International Film Festival of India. Keen to get involved we wandered over to the promenade to check out the action. Judging by the lineup of stalls, the growing crowd and the armed police in blue camouflage (not quite sure what they were camouflaging against), this was going to be big. Hours later of sitting in the baking sun we were none the wiser. We later discovered...

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Chris and Kim's Trip

Oct 24, 2005 - Arambol -Goa - India

Dom - I had my preconceptions about Goa, or specifically its beach towns. But based on Arambol, I couldn't have been more wrong. It is a little paradise here. Crystal - After consulting the trusty guidebook, it took us while to pick the first beach out of the dozens that line the coast of Goa - we couldn't of got it more right!! We were attracted to Arambol, the furthest North of Goas developed beaches, as it was described as slightly less crazy than the main party beaches but still with a good amount of bars and restaurants, a beautiful...

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Oct 7, 2005 - Goa (Anjuna)

I flew into Goa and was greeted by Jen, a fellow traveller I met In Laos. We had planned a post-tour/pre-leaving-India weekend together in Goa. Early October is the very beginning of the busy season in Goa, and it hadn't hit many (/any ?) of the areas we reached. After having a taxi drive us around the north of the state for quire a while, we settled on Anjuna Beach. In her true style, Jen attracted other locals and travellers, and we had a very social three days - a very cool way to end my time in India. Recommended 1. Villa Anjuna:...

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simon goes global

Feb 11, 2005 - Homesick and Really Sick in Arambol

After a full day of travelling on buses and trains, we finally arrived in Goa, a small state halfway up the west coast. Two hours after we arrived Kate started to feel sick and then proceeded to get worse and basically spent 5 days in our hotel room and lost about 10 pounds. She finally surfaced on Thursday and was able to venture out and enjoy the beach. Goa is full of beautiful, clean beaches, palm trees, and European tourists. Friday and Saturday and we lazed around on the beach enjoying the water (and Kate's first real food in a week)....

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India 2005

Nov 20, 2004 - Hey...I am still alive and OK in Arambol, Goa! ;-)

Hey Yall... I have decided to write after receiving several emails from yall wondering if I am OK or still alive. I wondered if the latter was not the case then how am I gonna write back and say, "No honey, I have left this world and have moved into another realm." Duh! But I know they meant well when asking that question. ;-) So here I am in one piece with a deep dark tan! Actually the real reason why I didn't update my journals was because the internet cafes around here in small coastal towns are sooooo slow! Yall know my patience level...

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Nov 12, 2004 - Northern Goa, India - Week #1

Nov 5-7 (Anjuna): After an uneventful 12 hour train ride we arrived at Thivim Station in Goa at sunset and got an autorickshaw to the town of Anjuna which was about 20 kms away. We checked into the Anjun Villa Guesthouse which is run by a friendly man named Godfrey with security provided by his German Shepard, Rex. According to Godfrey, Rex only barks at Indians so we shouldn't be scared of him despite the fact that he is huge and has big teeth. We had an early night as we were both a little tired and grumpy from the train ride. The next...

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Sep 26, 2004 - Baga Beach

Well, I've found paradise. Or at least some semblance of it. The beach here at Baga Beach is absolutely stunning. It's about 7 kilometers long with white sand and the ocean is at the perfect temperature. Warm, but still refreshing. It's not like jumping out of a bathtub when you're finished. I sat on the beach for my first day here and just tried to take a load off and relax after the chaos of travel, Bombay and Panjim. Reading and eating and sitting can really take up a lot more time than one would think! The day went by so fast...to think...

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Ari's India Tour



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