Goodbye Rain

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013



My last day in Goa was similar to the rest but we did get a
few hours of dry weather so I headed down to the beach to take a few photos. It
was still grey and over overcast with rough seas so it didn't look anything
special but I am sure in the summer months it would be a beautiful place to
spend a few hours.



I was due to leave Goa at 8pm on Tuesday night but upon
arriving at the station Mark and I were told the bus was delayed for an hour so
we had to wait around the terminal but this wasn’t really a problem.




While we were waiting I was asked by a local women for a
photo she must have spotted y dashing good looks a mile off, although I highly
doubt this and just expected she wanted a picture with the whitest westerner the
world has ever seen for a profile picture.




Once the bus arrived we were straight on our way, the
sleeper bus journey was a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The
busses provide a pillow and blanket along with curtains to close your
compartment off ready for when you want so kip, I managed to sleep the majority
of the 14 hours.



Once in Mumbai the driver decided he couldn’t be arsed to
wait in rush hour traffic and ordered us all off the bus at the side of the
road on the outskirts of the city, thanks to a few locals who were on the bus
they told us a fair price to pay was no more than 500rs for a taxi to our
hostel.



The second our bags were off the bus a local taxi driver
grabbed them and put them in his taxi, negotiation wasn’t him speciality as he
wanted us to pay 2000rs and wouldn’t budge on price thinking we were a pair of
simpletons. I told him to take his taxi turn it sideways and stick in where the
suns don’t shine and got our bags.



No longer than 30 seconds after getting out of the guys taxi
we got one for 500rs just under a fiver so 2.50 each. The hostel was 750rs a
night for a bed in a 8 person dorm.



Once we had dumped our bags we decided to head to Mumbai
Central Station via the local train which was 10rs each way. There wasn’t a lot
by the station but we did find what seemed like an endless array of market
stalls mixed in with some tin pot shanty houses. Don’t worry though we walked
past one place and a kid was on Facebook so it can’t be that bad minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;
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I decided after spending 14 hours cooped up on a bus id get
an early night.



Rhodri



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