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Church interior - Old Goa

After two months away from home, we needed a holiday! What better way than to spend two weeks in Goa, the first with Zoe's mum and sister, who were over on their own two week holiday? First, though, we had to earn it, by means of a rude introduction to India in Mumbai.

We flew overnight from Hong Kong to Mumbai, via Bankok and Colombo, on Sri Lankan Airways. The food was lovely, and the stewardesses friendly and helpful - probably the best airline we flew with all year. The passengers were in some cases plain stupid: one of the stewardesses had to unbuckle herself from her seat to go and force someone to sit down as we were coming into land; shouting at him was apparently not enough for him to get the message. Just when she'd managed to get back in her seat, with airport buildings now whizzing past the windows, someone else decided it would be a good idea to get up and open the overhead locker!

On arrival in Mumbai we'd planned to get the Shatabdi express train down to Goa, to start our holiday.

Fantastic thali for only 40 rupees
We got a taxi from the airport to the station, only to discover that it was the wrong station. It turned out that the boot of the taxi was full of motor oil, so I spent quite a while trying to get as much as possible off my bag. We manged to get a local train to the correct station: Dadar. Here the fun really began...

We queued for an hour to try to buy a ticket, only to find that the train was full. (You probably have to book the express in advance!) The only alternative was a 15 hour journey on a normal train. Still, we decided to go for it. But, there was actually no way of telling which train was ours. Whenever we asked someone we got a different answer, both as to the time of the train and the platform from which it would depart. (It can't be only me that gets infuriated with the apparent opinion held by many Indians that it's better to guess and give an incorrect answer than to admit that you don't know.

Anjuna market
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In the end we gave up and even managed to get back the money for the ticket; Zoe pushed straight to the front of the queue, and got away with it because she was a woman! We decided to fly to Goa, and got a taxi to the domestic airport, for which we got massively ripped off because we were so tired having still not slept all night.

The airport seemed like a haven of sanity after our introduction to the streets of Mumbai. There were three flights going to Goa with seats still available, and we got one for US$65 each. We were in Goa in around an hour (much better than 15 hours), and got a taxi to Colva where we found a nice cheap guesthouse, not too far from the hotel where Zoe's family were staying. We managed to get in touch with them, and headed down to the hotel to meet up.

Sunset on Colva beach

Colva is a little 'resort' village in South Goa. It's got its fair share of shops selling tourist souvenirs etc, and restaurants doing a variety of food, but it's smaller scale than the places in North Goa.

We spent twelve days in Colva, not doing a great deal. We did a couple of trips out, including to Old Goa and to Anjuna market (which I think everyone goes to). We picked up some nice bedspreads at Anjuna market. We hadn't planned to hang around after Zoe's family went back to the UK, but were enjoying it so much that we spent another five days there.

 

 

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Church interior - Old Goa
Church interior - Old Goa
Fantastic thali for only 40 rupees
Fantastic thali for only 40 rupees
Anjuna market
Anjuna market
Sunset on Colva beach
Sunset on Colva beach
On Colva beach
On Colva beach
On the spice plantation
On the spice plantation
Cathedral - Old Goa
Cathedral - Old Goa
Dinner
Dinner
Sucorinas
Sucorina's
Outside Sucorinas beach hut
Outside Sucorina's beach hut
Fish dinner at Sucorinas
Fish dinner at Sucorina's
Where we stayed in Colva
Where we stayed in Colva
Wrapping Christmas presents
Wrapping Christmas presents
Sunset on Colva beach
Sunset on Colva beach
Sunset over the sea
Sunset over the sea
Lunch at Anjuna market
Lunch at Anjuna market
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Colva Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
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