Movin' on Movin' on.......

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
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Trip End Jul 22, 2014


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Flag of India  , Goa,
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I arrived in Benaulim, Goa on the 19th November. I had survived some hard traveling through Rajistan and had also been quite ill. Back then I was not so keen to visit Goa but decided that 3 or 4 days on the beach would do me some good and re charge my batteries. Ha Ha bloody ha... I have been here for THREE MONTHS. What a great time I have had. In the time that I have been here I have celebrated Christmas, New Year, End of the World Party, Full Moon Parties, Birthdays and farewells. I have met some awesome people from around the world and hopefully these friendships will continue. 

I have enjoyed 3 months of 35 degree sunny days and warm water. Only once have I seen a cloudy sky and that was a few days ago when we had a sudden downpour of rain that was very unseasonable. It was the main talking point for a few days.

Time passes very quickly in Benaulim and one becomes very relaxed. I can understand why the Europeans come here for six months of the year. Life is simple, accommodation cheap, good food and there is always something to do. Whether it be playing backgammon in the shacks, day trips around the area, Frisbee, Kubb ( a great game), doing nothing or watching the fisherman.

Now there is a subject. A lot of the locals in the village survive on fishing. The boats go out at times but mostly at night. When they do return in the daytime it is great spectacle to observe. Sometimes a long net maybe a 1000 meters is taken out and when they believe they have a sufficient catch two teams on each end of the net start pulling it onto the beach. this is slow and heavy work and often the tourists give a hand. There is lots of chatter and laughter and as the bulk of the net gets closer to the beach more and more people arrive to inspect the catch. When the nets finally pulled on to the beach the shouting and haggling begins. The fish are sorted and put into baskets and then these are shared between all the fisherman. The fish is either dried or sold fresh from the beach. Bigger catches are taken to the market. The variety of fish is amazing and there were baby sharks (about 40 cm) puffer fish (poisonous) to probably 5 or 6 different species. Once the nets are in the next phase is to bring the boat in. This is again a team effort with everyone helping to roll the boats on logs up the beach. My mate was given a baby shark by the skipper and this was cooked for us the next day by one of the restaurants on the beach. A tasty fish with a firm texture.

I have enjoyed my bicycle trips around town and daily to the beach. Even more fun have been the late night rides after too many Romanoff and cokes. thank goodness at that time the roads were empty.

Well a sad farewell to Benaulim, Goa. I have had a fantastic time. Have met some wonderful friends who have made my time so special. I am sure I will be back in Benaulim. I will be on the road again and heading off to Hampi, Mysore, Cochim and then off to Sri Lanka in the middle of March.
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GabonPhil on

Good one Gus, pleased to hear you are well rested and ready to move on. Who knows what you'll find in your next destinations. But Goa sounds hard to beat! Cheers, Phil.

Lu on

Sounds fun and exotic! Safe travels! x

simon on

Go Gus go.

keep up the gossip colum.
think of us poor RSA guys working .

keep looking for a spot for me.

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