Anjuna, Goa, India (Part 2)

Trip Start Feb 26, 2008
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hi All,

You might be wondering what we are still doing here in Anjuna. Well there are a number of reasons mainly:
1. We like it here by the beach
2. I am getting some dentistry done and it is taking longer than we imagined
3. It's very hard to get a train from Goa to Mumbai ( you need to give nearly 2 weeks notice)
4. We have both been sick this week

Last time we updated was Paddy's Day morning and we said we were going to try and find the only Irish pub in Goa. Well we found it and it turned out to be a much better day than we expected. We arrived at 5pm and the place was packed with only standing room inside and outside. There were loads of Irish there but we were outnumbered by the English. We meet a chap from Tallaght and a group of girls from Wexford and loads of others we can't remember. There were 2 bands on. Karl got up to sing Rhinestone Cowboy with one of them. Needless to say i was so proud!!!! yeah right!!!! During the night we let our guard down as we may have had one too many beers and stupidly put ice in our drink that wasn't made from bottled water. As a result Tuesday and Wednesday was nothing but scutters and vomiting!
We have been telling you about some of the horrible people we have met here but there are really nice people too. The family who owns the guest house where we are staying now are really lovely. When we were sick they offered to take us to the doctor and told us to wake them up in the middle of the night if we needed anything at all. They also moved us into a bigger room with a balcony on Thursday morning.
On Thursday morning we were both feeling better so we went for a walk to the beach. We had a swim and got burnt again even though we had factor 30 on. We went to an English shop for some junk food and books and stayed in that night.
I got a relapse on Friday so we didn't do a lot. I felt a bit better that night so we decided to go to a bar that shows DVDs. While we were waiting for the film to start we had a game of pool. Towards the end of the game i only needed the black and Karl had me snookered. All of the Indians in the bar came over to watch Karl getting beaten by a girl. I not only got out of the snooker i sliced the ball into the pocket and the Indians all cheered and clapped while Karl hung his head in shame! He won't go back to that bar again.
We thought yesterday was going to be just another normal day but when we got to the cafe for breakfast at 9.30 there were Indians drinking beer and some had coloured powder on their faces. We asked the waiter what was going on and he told us it was the Indian festival Holi to celebrate the coming of Spring. We had read about this festival before we came but thought we had missed it. It is the day when Indians throw brightly coloured powder and water over each other and drink all day long. When we left the cafe an innocent looking girl came over to us and wanted to put a bit of powder on our cheeks. When we bent down to let her, her brother, mother and father bombarded us unexpectedly and we were covered in powder. When we were walking down the road everyone was shouting "Good Colour, Happy Holi".  Karl got loads more powder thrown on him because i was smart  enough to try and avoid it. However when we were in the cafe later and i went over to the call centre across the street to ring home Karl thought it would be hilarious to round up some of the local youth and get them to ambush me with powder when i came out of the call centre. He conveniently caught it all on camera - see photos. In the afternoon there was a storm and it started lashing rain. All of the Indians started dancing in the puddles - check out the video.
This morning we hired a moped and drove to Baga. We were shocked when we went onto the beach and saw how crowded it was. We could barely see the sand with all the people, sun beds and umbrellas. It is 10 times worse than anything in Spain. I am glad we are not staying there! When we came home we noticed an Irish couple had moved in next door. We started chatting with them on the balcony. They are from Galway and seem nice so we might be going for a few drinks with them later. We have our train to Mumbai booked for Thursday morning. Our next update will be from there.
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