D DAY has arrived !! We leave in the morning!!
Trip Start May 02, 2008
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its been hectic since I last wrote, we have seemed to just spend all our time... well a lot of our time... running round getting all the last minute things we need .. well to rephrase that 'all the things I think we need' ...and believe me running round here isnt like running down town at home and popping into Tesco's ... or curries etc Oh no!! even the most simple task becomes a major operation, from the chaos on the roads (actually for once very quiet compared to usual but mostly because all the tourists have left as the last charters have gone) to the trying to find a shop that sells anything you want!! I was trying to get a smaller camera as mine is heavy and too large, we tried Mapusa first but that was hopeless .. we got sent to loads of tiny little 'shops' that sold mobiles mostly and did repairs...then were told apparently theres no market for digi camera's 'here' ... I mean we are in Goa...I just cant believe that, (or can I ??) so we got back on the bike and went to the capitol Panjim, after walking around for ages looking for the place we were told had lots of cameras to choose from of different makes, we found it..
The packing went quite well really and i (I think!!) I got it down to the bare (ish) minimum but still felt like I was going to collapse when I tried the rucksack on this evening... so when we went out for dinner tonight, I made sure I got lots of small change rupee notes, as I told Mick I dont intend carrying that 'bag' one step more than I absolutely have to!! and will pay a 'coolie' at Delhi and wherever else to carry it for me!
Goa is really lovely at the moment as all the beaches are empty with barely any shacks left on them and many of the 'touristy' restaurants are closed... we have also been saying our goodbyes to lots of our friends who are leaving till next season .... and the roads were really so quiet going to Panjim I could see places I hadnt seen for years!! in the tourist season the place is full of restaurants and makeshift stalls and goodness knows what else..now it is mostly locals and some 'Indian' tourists... bombay and Delhiwallahs!! its lovely ....so like it used to be years ago,, there are so many little alters and beautiful temples in the most obscure places, like along the side of the road or in the middle of a field..or on some rocks out at sea.... and i took a few pics enroute from the speeding bike.. we have been making the most of the pool as not sure when I will get in another one!
We had a poisonous snake roaming in the garden opposite (see pics in last entry) and would be interested to know if anyone knows what type it is??? also there is a very large cobra on the loose in my neighbours garden!! lovely!!
So I am off to bed now and hope i can find an internet somewhere between trains when we reach Delhi in a couple of days.......I shall no doubt be tired and dirty after 24 hours on the train....(O NO forgot the immodium...!! never needed them yet but you can bet if i ahvent got them I will!! Oh well too late now unless i see a pharmacy in the morning... actually talking of pharmacies.. take a look at the ipic of Boots... its a 'first copy' as they say here cos of course there are no 'Boots the chemist' here in India..Nike (who works in Boots Pharmacy) thought it was hilarious when we passed it going to palolem when her and Tom were here, especially with all the cows wandering about outside!!
but i am sure it will be fun, all the food and drink is free on this train and we have 'beds' ..well bunks.. to sleep in 3 tiers each side of the carriage..and of course I will have my nice feather pillow and cotton pillowcase that belonged to my Gran.. nice and soft!! ahhh ...hope my 'neighbours' dont snore......well they will have to compete with Mick if so ..LOL
... so for now .... byeeee.... got to be up at 6am!! not used to these early starts!!