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The times.... :)

The next morning the wake up call was really early. We had our flight to Goa (Panjim) very early...

 Breakfast at the hotel was really nasty.. and let me teel you that the hotel wasn't worth the high price...

Our taxi driver was waiting  outside to take us to the Domestic terminal in Delhi. For the first time we met the crazy traffic in Delhi :) where 2 cars fit, 5 do also :) ....Just crazy... we got there 45 min later and did the Check-in in the Go Air Airlines to Goa.

The flight was 3 hours long....

We arrived in Goa at 1pm and was really exiciting to arrive in an old Portuguese former colony. Portuguese merchants first landed in Goa in the early 16th century, and annexed it soon after.

Ashok Country House
This Portuguese colony existed for about 450 years (one of the longest held colonial possessions in the world), until it was taken over by India in 1961.

Outside the terminal we found a Pre paid taxi counter where we arranged a taxi to Panjim (also known by Panaji) for 490 rps. 29 kms later and a lot of crazy driving we arrived to Goa's state capital: Panjim!

The Portuguese trail could be found on many streets and in the architecture of the houses. Really cool!!  

It was extremely hot and we headed straight to the Lonely Planet budget suggestion for sleeping : Afonso's Guest House, in Fontainhas neighbourhood. When we got there, a lady came toward us and started speaking in English.

The taxi waiting
..but this was just untill she found out that we were portuguese :)  then she started to speak in portuguese....amazing! :) we we're thrilled!

After some negotiation (the minimum nights allowed were 2 and we wanted 1) we stayed there for the price of 1 and half night: 1050 rps plus tax 5%) in an non AC room.

The room was very simple, but nice and clean! It provided sheets but no towels or toilet paper (that's why we always carry toilet paper in India!). The bathroom was western style...:) with temporized hot water ..but who would need hot water in such temperature?

We left our backpacks in the room and left to visit town. The streets had portuguese names and we could see many shops that still have their portuguese names, such as "mercearia, barbearia..."

When we got to the center we found what seemed a nice place for some food - Sher-e-punjab restaurant.

Delhi...
As we didn't want to go straight to real hot Indian food, we order some Gaarlic Naan, Chicken Masala with rice and a lassi ... It tasted so gooooooooood!!and was cheap - 320rps. The waiter was a great guy, with absolutely no stress... at the end of the meal they brought us some mint fresh...it was our first day...so we didin't know what it was... didn't even tried :p

Later, back on the street, we bought a couple bags of cashew nuts (93 rps), as there were so many shops seling them. In Goa dry fruits is a big market and they export this product to all over the world...

After this first visit, we got back to the room, put on our bathing suits on and headed to the closest beach - Miramar, 3 kms away. An Autorickshaw took us there for 70 rps.

The beach, really nice, was crowded with all the indian people.

Faith
.. Women were dressed up  and most of the men also. It was a wide beach, with very warm water..but poluted.. we didn't dare to go in for a dive and stayed in the sand just looking around, watching a great sunset. There were no tourists on sight :)

We started walking back to town but after half an hour we gave up and got a public bus... we couldn't understand what the driver was saying and shouting, but we payed and got in..with a lot and lot of people.. after some minutes and stops, we got out... because we're told so...and got in another bus ... we we're going in the right direction ..so..no worries :) A couple more minutes later and we were out of the bus again...and decided to walk :p  maybe it was easier... we got out near a fruit and vegetables market that was closing down.

an instant
.. this was definately a place to come back for a visit.

Tired and extremely sweating...we arrived to the room..had a refreshing bath and left for dinner at a Portuguese restaurant "A ferradura" (the horseshoe). Marco was a little sick, so we decided to go for known food ... It was freezing inside the restaurant..We order some bread and butter (yummi, and typical in portugal..) fish with lemon and i went for a Chicken Goan Curry and some Bebinca for dessert (Typical Goan desert with 7 layers of cocunut milk and i don't know whatelse...but it was very good) We payed 320 rps for dinner.

As there was no nightlife in Panaji, we went to the Guesthouse and it was a terrible night...so hot!!

 

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The times.... :)
The times.... :)
Ashok Country House
Ashok Country House
The taxi waiting
The taxi waiting
Delhi...
Delhi...
Faith
Faith
an instant
an instant
traffic jam
traffic jam
traffic in delhi
traffic in delhi
trying to get to the terminal...
trying to get to the terminal...
Our taxi!
Our taxi!
airport..
airport..
backpacking
backpacking
Arriving Goa
Arriving Goa
Taxi anyone?
Taxi anyone?
Christianism..
Christianism..
the road!
the road!
Panaji!
Panaji!
wandering..
wandering..
sweating :P
sweating :P
random person..
random person..
Through the streets of Panaji
Through the streets of Panaji
Colonial house
Colonial house
Park Lane Lodge
Park Lane Lodge
a fancy store
a fancy store
Panaji
Panaji
Discovering Panaji
Discovering Panaji
Fontainhas
Fontainhas
Stores
Stores
Downtown Panaji
Downtown Panaji
beautiful church
beautiful church
autorickshaw in Panaji
autorickshaw in Panaji
fruit anyone?
fruit anyone?
Dry fruit store
Dry fruit store
Panaji
Panaji
wandering in the streets
wandering in the streets
Fontainhas!
Fontainhas!
Dry fruit store
Dry fruit store
a moment
a moment
another guesthouse..
another guesthouse..
Primary school
Primary school
Afonsos Guesthouse
Afonso's Guesthouse
Afonsos Guesthouse
Afonso's Guesthouse
Inside Afonsos Guesthouse
Inside Afonso's Guesthouse
Inside Afonsos Guesthouse
Inside Afonso's Guesthouse
Our room :)mess..
Our room :)mess..
rickshaw driver
rickshaw driver
Panaji waterfront
Panaji waterfront
Sign @ beach
Sign @ beach
Miramar roundabout
Miramar roundabout
Miramar beach
Miramar beach
Miramar beach
Miramar beach
@ the beach!
@ the beach!
get toghether
get toghether
some bird
some bird
@beach
@beach
Cotton candy anyone?
Cotton candy anyone?
bathing..
bathing..
bathing
bathing
finally..the sun!
finally..the sun!
walking..
walking..
MIramar roundabout
MIramar roundabout
A rickshaw!
A rickshaw!
The bus..
The bus..
colors...
colors...
MIramar
MIramar
birdies..
birdies..
so many people..
so many people..
nice beach
nice beach
Public bus
Public bus
me..
me..
palm tree :)
palm tree :)
walking down the street
walking down the street
cricket field
cricket field
Warm up cricket
Warm up cricket
sunset over the field
sunset over the field
sunset again..
sunset again..
on the bus
on the bus
the church
the church
beautiful church panaji
beautiful church panaji