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Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Sant Anton, Turtle Beach Morjim
After being briefly tempted by a laptop for about 150 pounds in the airport we saw something we shouldn't have
We boarded the flight on time and about 1/4 of the plain was dominated by an indian wedding party, all fully henna'd up. One of the Mum's had made all the food in bags for everyone and it was quite entertaining to watch them swapping seats and standing up to chat to each other the whole way. Of course the cabin staff were non too happy while the plain was taking off and some of them decided to move seats etc. There was even a special announcement mid flight wishing them well on behalf of Indigo Air!
Only a 3 hour flight (but it took about 40 hours by train and the cost was similar so we opted for the flight. When getting on the plane we noticed a 'western girl' being sick over the edge of the steps to board the plane
It was great to see a landscape now made up of palm trees, banana's and coconuts, less traffic, less volume and the difference in the people was instantly noticable. You didnt get the sense they just wanted more money off you and were genuinly pleased to have you and were interested in your thoughts about India and UK. We landed at our 'tree huts' and although basic they had sea views were built on stilts rather than in a tree and had a bed and mosquito net. We asked the owner Alex if he fancied making us a fish curry and he jumped on his bike and shot off to market to try and get some fresh Kingfish.
We went for a stroll across the beach, found the sea was really, really warm, and found.... yes thats right a bar, just for a quick one of course. After watching the sunset above the crashing waves on a deserted beach we asked for the bill only to find we had devoured 5 large kingfishers (about 7 or 8 pints I guess
The market had no Kingfish left so we had King Prawns instead which were lovely with loads of rice and some salad (So many rules broken!!). The fact we had prawns and salad didn't matter much as Erica was still on the loo from the KFC earlier in the day. Anyway Alex also happened to have bought me a case of large kingfishers and put them in his fridge (wonder how that happened) and we sat on our balcony till about 11:30pm sweating, listening to the ipod and drinking our way into oblivion.
When we finally decided to go to bed we found that from the inside there is no lock to the door nor does the door shut properly. The only catch to the door can be undone from the outside so we emptied our bags all over the place and collected all the valuables to hide under our pillows. I slept with a pen knife next to the bed which upon seeing an intruder I could select anyone of of about 19 implements. It happened to be on the bottle opener cork screw attachment (we still have no idea what the other sharp things are for!!).