Goa

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Apr 05, 2009


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Monday, June 23, 2008

EN:
Goa! Finally the sea after 1 week in the dry hot Rajastan. We were supposed to fly direct from Jaipur to Goa, but our flight got cancelled and we were rerouted through Delhi, but eventually we arrived, although it took 4 times longer.

In Goa we stayed at our friend Micaela's place - thanks Micaela! - which is an old colonial house in the coastal village of Majorda in the southern part of Goa. Even if we ended up not meeting her, Micaela's sister Ana and her family took a good care of us and did everything to make us feel at home.



Goa was indeed a nice change, so different from the India we had seen so far. Much more clean and relaxed, lush and green with coconut trees and rice fields, and of course the beaches. Even if we came here during the monsoon and it did rain every day, we still got quite a nice weather now and then and managed to do some beaching (occasionally running from the rain which normally came really suddenly). The sea was quite rough though, and at the Calanguete beach we even saw some poor guy being dragged by the sea, eventually they pulled him out, but we don't know if he made it or not.

We felt confident we could handle the Indian traffic here, so we rented a scooter for most of our stay, which allowed us to explore quite a bit of Goa and several different beaches, our favourite beach was still Majorda though. We had no issues while riding around, only were checked once by the police, and got caught under heavy rain on another time, so we had to use the ponchos for the first time. We must have looked like 2 batmen on a scooter (they only had the XL size when we bought them).

Throughout Goa the Portuguese influence is impossible to miss, in the architecture, also in the people. One great part of the legacy of Portugal must be the local aptitude for drinking. Unlike in other parts of India, alcoholic beverages are widely available in Goa, and with some people starting to drink before 12am, by 5pm there are plenty of drunks by the roadside wine shops. After being almost totally dry for the previous 2 weeks, we were also happy to be able to taste some wine and beer again! :-)



We also indulged in the local cuisine, especially seafood. Our most interesting dinning experience was at Martin's Corner, on the Karaoke night. The place was packed with locals, mainly families, and we can tell you there are some serious karaoke artists in Goa! The food was good too...

There were also some Indian tourists around, so again we were a bit of a tourist atraction, especially at the beach, with people walking from far just to stare at us, and Indian can stare! If you ever have been to India, you know what we mean, you can't outstare an Indian!

After 5 nice relaxing days we left Goa on the night train to Cochin (Kochi) in India's southern Kerala state.


PT:
Goa! Finalmente o mar, depois de 1 semana no seco e quente Rajastao. Era suposto voarmos directamente de Jaipur para Goa, mas o nosso voo foi cancelado e tivemos que fazer escala em Deli, a viagem demorou 4 vezes mais, mas chegamos.

Em Goa ficamos em casa da nossa amiga Micaela - Obrigado Micaela! - que e uma antiga casa colonial na vila costeira de Majorda, na parte sul de Goa. Apesar de nao nos termos chegado a encontrar, a Ana, irma da Micaela, e a sua familia tomaram be conta de nos e fizeram tudo para nos sentirmos em casa.



Goa foi sem duvida uma boa mudanca de ares, pois e muito diferente da India que tinhamos visto ate entao. Muito mais limpa e relaxada, verde de coqueiros e campos de arroz, e e claro as praias. Ainda que esta seja a epoca da moncao e chova todos os dias, no geral o tempo esteve bom e conseguimos ir a praia bastantes vezes. O mar estava bastante bravio, e em Calanguete vimos um tipo ser arrastado pelas ondas, conseguiram sacal- passado um bocado mas nao sabemos se se safou.

Aqui sentimo-nos confiantes de que conseguiriamos lidar com o transito, por isso alugamos uma scooter que nos permitiu explorar uma boa parte de Goa e varias praias diferentes, no entanto a nossa praia favorita ainda e Majorda. Nao tivemos problemas alguns com a scooter, apenas fomos parados uma vez pela bofia, e apanhamos uma chuvada de proporcoes biblicas que nos forcou a usar os ponchos pela primeira vez. Devemos ter parecido 2 Batman numa scooter, mas ficamos razoavelmente secos.

Por toda Goa a influencia Portuguesa esta sempre presente, na arquitectura e tambem nas gentes. Um dos grandes legados Portugueses deve ser o gost pelos copos! Ao contrario de outras partes da India, aqui e facil comprar bebidas alcoolicas, e muitos comecam a beber logo de manha... pelas 5 da tarde ja ha bastantes bebados junto as lojas de bebida a beira da estrada. Depois de estarmos quase completamente secos durante as 2 semanas anteriores, tambem ficamos contentes de podermos tomar umas cervejas e uns copos de vinho! :-)



Tambem gostamos da cozinha local, especialmente peixe e marisco. O nosso jantar mais interessante foi no Martin's Corner na noite Karaoke. Estava cheio de gente da zona, sobretudo familias, e acreditem que ha em Goa grandes artistas do Karaoke!... A comida tambem era bastante boa...

Tambem haviam bastantes turistas Indianos, pelo que novamente fomos uma atraccao turistica, especialmente na praia, e as pessoas vinham de longe so para se porem a olhar para nos.

Depois de 5 dias bastante agradaveis, apanhamos o comboio da noite para Cochin, em Kerala.


CZ:
Cesta do Goy se nam trochu protahla, protoze nas primy let z Jaipuru byl zrusen a my museli nejdriv do Delhi a tam 5 hodin cekat na spoj do Dabolinu v Goe. Z letiste jsme potom vyrazili do vesnice Majorda v jizni casti Goy, kde nam pujcila svuj dum kamaradka Micaela. Je to stara kolonialni stavba a leta uz tam nikdo nebydli, takze nebyl nejcistsi a bydlela s nami ruzna havet (brouci, komari, svabi, mouchy, gekoni, mysi atd.), ale nam to nevadilo, na spani mame moskytieru a pres den jsme stejne byli pryc.



Mistni ryzova pole a kokosove plantaze byly prijemnou zmenou oproti vyprahlemu Rajastanu. V Majorde je take docela hezka plaz, kam jsme chodili, i kdyz kazdy den nekolikrat zaprselo, vzdycky ve stejnou hodinu. Pujcili jsme si skutr a projeli i ostatni mesta a plaze a vsude je znat silny vliv Portugalcu, jejichz kolonii Goa byla az do 60. let. Projevuje se to hlavne v architekture a chovani a oblekani lidi. Damske sortky a tilko jsou tu normalni vec (coz jsem v tom vedru docela uvitala) a ani alkohol jim neni cizi. Na kazdem rohu je nejaky kramek s chlastem a u nej se potaci nekolik mistnich nasosek, a to v kteroukoli denni ci nocni hodinu.

More je tu v tuhle rocni dobu docela divoke a neni radno chodit moc daleko od brehu, dokonce jsme na plazi v Calangute videli jednoho cloveka se topit, kdyz ho vytahli, tak moc zive nevypadal, ani nevime, jestli se z toho nakonec dostal, odvezli ho k doktorovi. Priliv je vysoky a mensi plaze jsou zatopene, takze ta nase siroka v Majorde byla nakonec nejlepsi. Zeny se tu koupou oblecene, takze turistky v bikinach jsou tu velka atrakce a bohuzel jich tu ted moc neni, tak vsichni cumeli na me a jeste si nas drze forili, nekdy to bylo docela neprijemne, hlavne kdyz byli mistni lamaci srdci pod parou.

Z mest jsme navstivili Old Goa a Panaji a nijak zvlast nas neuchvalila. vypadaji trochu jako kterakoli vesnice na jihu Evropy, vcetne mnoha krestanskych kosteliku a kaplicek. Cestou zpatky do Majordy nas zastihla silna prutrz mracen, vypadalo to, jakoby na nas nekdo vypustil prehradu. Nastesti jsme meli v batuzku 2 poncho-plastenky, tak jsme je vytasili a poprve vyzkouseli. Kdyz jsme je kupovali, tak meli jenom velikost XL, a tak jsme vypadali jak dva batmani na skutru. Neni divu, ze nas zastavili policajti, ale nakonec chteli jenom videt ridicak.



V Goe jsme stravili celkem prijemnych 5 dni, oproti ostatnim mistum, ktera jsme doposud navstivili, byla Majorda mnohem vic v pohode a mistni obyvatele jsou mili lide a hlavne nam po vetsinu casu nic nevnucovali (az na par vyjimek na plazi v podobe cumilu a prodavacu vseho mozneho). Nocnim vlakem ted jedeme z Margaa na jih do Kochi, tak uvidime, co nas ceka tam.
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emilyhardy
emilyhardy on

Fun in Goa
Sounds like you guys had fun in Goa. Good for you! How did you injure your knee, Eva? Did you fall off the scooter? Hope it's OK. It looks a little painful.

Love from sunny Amsterdam, Em

aguas
aguas on

Re: Fun in Goa
Hi Em, not exactly falling off the scooter... I had a small accident walking home from a beach bar (like you couldn't guess that!), but I have to say I was not drunk (really!), it was very dark and the road was all broken... :-)

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