Delightful Diu

Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
Trip End Nov 30, 2007

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SaoTome Retiro Guest House

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

We arrived in Diu at around 7am. I had only managed two hours sleep but was feeling ok and no more stomach cramps which was good. Diu is a tiny island of about 25,000 people and sounded pretty amazing from the guide book. Portuguese influence is very strong here and the place is very chilled out compared to Mumbai and Ahmedabad. We booked into the Sao Tome Retiro guest-house whose owner was described as "Cruisy". I'd guessed that meant camp and George and Ricky didn't disappoint! The reason we'd picked that one was not the effeminate hosts but because it was in an old church with excellent views around the island - have a look at the photos.

At the guest house we met up with a few other travelers which was good since we hadn't really spoken to anyone else yet. Diu is separate from the main state of Gujurat  and is allowed to sell alcohol. The Gujurati people know this as well so there are regular trips made here by the Indian people looking for a bit of a piss up! I really like Diu, so we're going to stay here a few days. Our room is tiny with no AC and costs 20 times cheaper than our Mumbai hotel! Ricky said we could upgrade once a few people check out but we might just keep it and spend the difference on beer.

We have spent the last three nights kicking back and enjoying the surroundings and relative tranquility here. Diu is one of the few places tourists are recommended to hire motorbikes so we did that and have been exploring all over the island. Tom and I got cut-throat shaves yesterday and I got told that a bald head meant prosperity! Excellent news!

This morning we set off to a fishing village on the island, it was just as the sun was coming up and the boats had just docked and were unloading their catches. We saw dozens of varieties of fish and lobsters and manta rays too. The whole place stank! There were teams of women working to wash and sort the fish out. It was a kind of organised chaos and I thought that these people must do this job every single day of their lives. I really enjoyed looking around and the people didn't seem to mind us taking photos.

Diu has been the first place we've mixed with some other travellers and that has been good. The food has been brilliant and I will miss Diu. Tonight we leave for Ahmedabad again and then on to Rajasthan.
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