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Relaxing in Goa - this is paradise

Goa, India

This is the life, arrived in Goa on Saturday 10th January and got a taxi to Anjuna in North Goa. Its famous for the all night rave's held on the beaches there from about the 1960's onwards. Apparently when the police found out we we're planning to stop by they papped an amplified music ban on almost every venue and outdoor space after 10pm, so all thats long gone. We did however muster the courage to patronise some of the area's most jumping night club dance venues. The first of these was called Tito's, which was in Baga (th next resort along) which having read up on it is famous for hosting India's best parties!!!!!!! It was full of Russian goons in muscle tops and Indian guys trying to get a slow dance with Dan. Imagine the Garage with a sound track of The World's Best R&B Hits 2002, no women and an aroma of stale sweat and Old Spice that could floor a horse and you'll have some idea of what a laugh it was.

Next we went to a place called Paradiso, its an open air club that overlooks the sea. It was a good bit better than our first taste of Indian Super Clubdom, 1000 RPS per couple to get in (12 quid) which included free booze all night. Dan was one of only two guys in the place, the rest of the crowd was made up of this 67 year old guy from Dehli called Ram who was a yoga expert and a world class rave dancer and loads of Russian girls who couldn't speak a word of English that me and Dan spoke to all night.

We stayed in Anjuna for 10 days at a place called Peaceland which is run by a really nice Goan couple and there two wee girls and two dogs. It is really busy in Goa and we frequented all of the restaurants and beach shacks - our favourite was Dhum Biryani which done excellent tandoori chicken, fish and bread and was so cheap. It is pitch black here at night apart from the main road and the first night we got lost coming back from the beach and nearly got eaten by a pack of stray dogs but one of the beach shack owners gave us a lift back on his scooter.

We're currently in South Goa in a wee town called Benaulim... miles of white, powdery sand and crystal clear sea thats like a luke warm bath... how's work? Can't wait to figure out how to upload the photos - this is paradise!! Compared to Anjuna it is really quiet here and not much traffic. We're staying in beach huts called Blue Corner which are ideal.

We've been here for about 12 days (lost count), not been doing much. Sitting around on the beach, swimming and riding the bikes that we hired for 60p a day (need to do some form of exercise when all you do each day is sit around reading and eating). Its buy 1 get 1 free cocktails which works out at about a pound each so most days we've been getting up around midday. We went to the Dhudsegar Waterfall and a spice plantation and a dolphin boat trip, all of which were excellent. Dan went to the fish market the other day with the Co-Co's bar owner Sanjay and bought some Tiger Prawns and King Prawns and we had them for dinner (mmmmm delicious).

Three days left here in South Goa to top up the tan and then we're moving on to Bangalore on 5th Feb which is much more of a hectic big city...more soon. xx

permalink written by  Clarabella and Daniel on January 10, 2009 from Goa, India
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