The Stevo shopping experience
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Palolem Guest House
We then headed down to the beach for the afternoon sun. We again jaunted into an Internet Cafe to try and get a train to Kochi and again failed instead being told to come the next day at 9am to get on an even more expensive quota
I also decided to get my washing done today so ended up with no towel, no t-shirt and only a pair of shorts ripped all up the crotch. So it was time to do some shopping. Erica stood again in amazement at my shopping tactics. So far she has bought a pair of leather shoes and a pair of flip flops (second hand) and we have dedicated hours of time to shopping. I walked into the first clothes shop and said, "Do you have a t-shirt to fit a man of my fine size". "Yes sir I have many" said the response. "How much is the cheapest and can I see it?", "250 Rupees sir", I'll give you 100 thats my final offer", "230", shove 140 in his hand and say "done". All done in less than 30 seconds. Oh but I did stand on his wife who was asleep on the floor. I thought her sari was a pile of material. I now have stood on a 3 legged dog and an old women in only a few days. Anyway I've got a blue t-shirt (there is no chance I'm wearing red any more) which say drunken monkey on it
After an afternoon of sun and Kingfishers Erica is complaining about sand and heat and salt water and alleged jellyfish / octopus??? (She is defo losing the plot now) "Well something wrapped itself around my legs although it may have been a mesh bag". In the same swimming session my Casio (give me the cheapest watch you sell please mr ebay) appears to have not liked the surf and although almost working, kind of isnt working. So we no longer have the time any more.
Now, after the cow charging of the previous day we were due an incident free day. So I decided to take the security pouch containing passports, money, cards and keys for the padlocks on the bags etc and put it in my rucksack before we went out and lock the padlock to make sure it was safe. In other words the only key to unlock the padlock was locked inside my bag. After an hour trying to strategise a way to break the padlock using the many still unfathorable bits on my Austrian Army Knife (i.e. not quite swiss army knife more a budget alternative), I tried sawing off the padlock, snapped the scissors trying to pick the lock, tried corkscrewing the centre of the lock out etc
Also of note was the fact I finally got Lady E to do her 1st spanish lesson, I think we both really enjoyed it so hopefully half an hour or one hour a day and we may be able to speak the lingo when we get to South America.
As we walked down the dark back streets and found some steps to the beach, Erica in her wisdom decided to throw herself at the steps bounced off two or three concrete steps before landing in the sand. I really thought she had badly injured herself but thankfully she was fine. In amazement and in her laughter all she had to say is why aren't you laughing you look worried.
We then headed out to dance the night away to find the beach far quiter than last night, so we settled for a tandoori chicken and Lady E found herself a veg pad thai. I'm simply loving the tandoori out here. Two more Kingfishers.
Lady E edit - the 'budget' obsession is now reaching new lows, Andrew initially wanted me to move out of the guest house which is 9 pound a night as he had found a dreadful hut for 5 a night, today he asked a barman if he could look after our bags and we could try to drink through till 5 or 6am (two bars are 24 hour) and would grab an hour or two sleeping on the wooden base of the sun loungers until the sun came up and the covers came out. Any donations (Mum) to the 5 star accommodation fund will be greatly appreciated.