Old Goa and the beach :)
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OMG! It was my worst night ever... I never felt so hot... the fan was working, but still...i was sweating and sweating all freakin night... there were probably 40 ºC during night...
Check out was at 9 am. The Afonso's kindly let us leave our backpacks on the backyard and so that's what we did, so we could go wander around a litle more around. As there was no place for breakfast, we just bought some bananas on the street on the way to the fruit/veggies market.
It was a long walk but really cool...the city was full of life....! And people...and...motorcycles...and..people...and cars...and people... :) Finally we got into the market and it was crowded! friuts and vegetables everywhere...and people...! It was almost impossible to get in...we wanted to buy some fruit for more breakfast, but we had a hard time comunicating...On the way out, we were buying Mangoes to some vendor, and suddendly an old man came to us talking in English saying that we should choose another kind of mangoes, the sweetest ones :)
He heard us talking portuguese and began to talk in portuguese too! That was great! .
We walked all the way to the Bus terminal, as we wanted to visit Old Goa, 15 min away from Panaji. We crossed the Footbridge to the other side of the river and we're a litle lost trying to find what it was supposed to be a huge Bus Terminal. After almost an hour (we were really lost!!!) we found a crowded terminal with dozens of old and colorful buses... (how could we miss that???)
With some help we got in the right bus to Old Goa. It took us 20 min on a bumpy road and it cost 7 Rps.
Old Goa, 9km east of Panaji on the bank of the
In the 16th century, Old Goa became the capital of the Portuguese territories in
It's really a mystical place.
We went to get our backpacks and took an autorickshaw to Anjuna. We were supposed to take the Rickshaw just to the bus station, but then we found out that it would only cost us 300 rps and it was a fun way to travel! 45 min later, a flat tire, and a great conversation with the driver, we arrived to ANJUNA!!
Our first impression wasn't good... just a road...with cows.. and some empty bars.. it was like "the end of the party style" ...We went to look for accomodation and ended up in Villa Anjuna, where we stayed in a room by the pool for 1800 rps non AC.
We left the room and started a long walk to where the action was. After 20 min walking thru a dirt road we arrived to Anjuna Beach, where there were many bars with lots of people:) and cows ....oh boy....lot of cows! After all, we were in India...
Went straight for a dive in the very warm waters....ahhh... it felt so good! (The ocean in POrtugal is freeeeeezing, you know..) The waves were giant and we had a great time there.
After that we just sat in one of the bars (Janet & John's) and relaxed, enjoying the view and have some drinks. As we had to buy a sarong, we went to one of the stalls, where we met this Indian girl and heard all about her life story...after a long time discussing the price, we got out of the stall with 2 sarongs, some pants...and some things...etc etc.."Thank you for business..." ..hahahaha.
We left the beach and went back to Villa Njuna for some relaxation on the pool and then went out for dinner right next door - Sea Queen restaurant - where they were playing Die Hard 4 ....Good food, cheap and crowded.
Night life here was reduced to Zooris, a bar with a great view where people meet and have fun. Paradiso, the disco, only opens 3 days a week because i't the start of the low season. We had some drinks
The tiredness soon got over us and we went to sleep... not before bumping into some cows that were lying on the road....the only road...Thank God we had a flash light :)