Bye bye Bombay, Bombay bye bye....
Trip Start Sep 09, 2007
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After 13 and a half long hours' traveling on a night bus we have arrived in Goa.
Feeling like battery-caged hens in a coach smelling of B.O. and cheesey feet, we top-tailed in a glorified baggage compartment!
Before we got on the coach we met James (another English traveler from Walsall) who was also booked on the same coach. Luckily from him (and us!) our tour guide got a call 15 minutes before boarding time to announce that the pick up spot had moved!!
Since our last entry Tom's 'Dehli Belly' is no more! Several doses of diocalm did the trick, although we both had an entire night of no sleep and a pleasant aroma in the room!
The next few days we took it easy visiting the Mall (complete with pan-piped Beatles hits!) and the Haji Ali tomb (a floating temple which is cut off from the land when the tide comes in....an Indian Hayling Island!).
We also spent a day on Elephanta Island where we were greeted by monkeys (a surprised for us both, Tom was overly happy - I had to limit him to just 5 photos or the whole camera would have been full of the damn things!) and I also used the glorious life saver that is the 'Shewee' for the first time in the wild!
On one taxi trip in a busy part of the city area our driver was a very eccentric character... when we told him we were from England his response to us was 'Ah, England....Chips!' He then drove like a complete maniac, on the wrong side of the road driving into oncoming traffic, peering over the dash board as he fiddled with the radio on the floor and bombarding us with loud bangra as well as turning around to chat and offer us chewing gum as cars dodged all around us!!
Bombay traffic summed up in one!
Saturday was the first day of the Ganesh festival and Friday night saw the local families getting prepared, carrying their idols through the streets whilst dancing to
large steel drums and tunes played on a casio keyboard (Side Parting style - so I've been told!). As you all know, Tom never needs a second invitation to dance like a fool in public and much to the kids excitement he showed them some of his moves!
On leaving our hotel we checked out only to find that the price we had been quoted for 3 nights stay was a big con as it turned out to be the price of 1 night - the guy's English suddenly disappeared and Tom was a very angry man! I've never seen him so cross as he told the man, amidst all the swearing, that he should wear a mask and hold a gun!!
Anyhow we are in Goa now - the rain is displeasing us although we've managed to book into a great hotel with a pool for only 6 quid a night for the both of us! Bargain!
Gonna try and load up some photos - I hope!
enjoy speak soon
Charlie and Tom xxxx