Asia | India | Goa | Palolem – Melting in Goa

Asia | India | Goa | Palolem – Melting in Goa

This is my nth attempt to write this due to the whims
of the goan electricity system which is currently the
only thing that would make me move from this location
in the next 10 days.
So there I am trying to type using one hand, whilst
the other clutches a folded neswpaper and frantically
fans, as yet again the electricity is down during the
hottest part of the day. Though what i’m trying to
understand is, if the pcs can run off the generator,
why can’t the fans?
Anyway, backtracking a bit, I spent a week in Mumbai
shopping and eating and shopping and eating. Very
productive. Also for all you non-believers out there,
after a few days of harrassment I have finally managed
to get permission to look around Film City, so in a
few weeks on my return to Bombay i’ll update you all
on that.
I finally decided to move on a few days ago, but after
a relatively trauma free stay i managed to have a
major fight with the taxui driver who drove me to the
train station.
It was totally not my fault. There we were having a
nice chat about life in general, then we pull up at
the train station and I pay him 15 rupees. he looks at
the money and goes no, it was 50. Yeah right!!!
Now considering the going rate is normally 20, and i
bargained him down to 15 at the start of the trip how
was it suddenly 50? Now the problem was explaining
that to him.
So there i am standing outside the station having a
screaming match, which was actually really liberating, then
he decides that he’ll just take me back to the hotel
and i can get another taxi. So i grab hold of a
poilceman to try and make the driver see sense. Next
thing i know i’m 30 rupees down. Well, that worked, I
don’t think.
Never mind. The train journey was a blast!!! I love
indian trains!! Though you have to travel in the
non-air-condtioned classes, so you can see out the
windows. There aren’t any doors between cabins, so
its like this communal sleeping area, and hundreds of
people coming through selling anything you can
imagine.
So, got to Goa and decide to base myself in Palolem in
the south. Absolutely gorgeous beach, and I’m not normally a fan of sand and sea. Currently living in a bamboo hut on the
beach. Not a bad setup here. The most difficult
daily decision I make is whether to lie in a hammock
or wander down to the bar. I might stay here for a
while.
Going to rent a scooter tomorrow to explore, and try
not to get myself killed.

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