Monday, 15 December 2014

Gorgeous Goa

Hello again,

Well we have moved on from Mumbai now and arrived in Goa last night. Our Bollywood experience was interesting to say the least. It really isn't as glamorous as we imagined.There was a lot of sitting around. We did got to talk to other traveler's though which is always good.Unfortunately they didn't give us enough food and the director was a tad abusive to his staff but we are glad we did it. 
Today we rode an elephant at the Tropical Spice Gardens. It was a 400rs entrance fee which included a 45 minute tour and really good lunch. We also tasted the local beer which killed any bugs we might have had. Later we visited Old Goa and saw the body of St Francis Xavier. He is displayed once every 10 years so we are lucky to see him. Goa is very Catholic. The houses are beautiful and the Portuguese influence is clearly visible. Tomorrow we will go to the beach and see what all the fuss is about.

Goa is fascinating and peaceful after Mumbai. Palms line the streets and Buffalo roam freely. We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves and everyone we meet is so helpful.

I am writing this from a tiny internet cafe and Melissa is patiently waiting beside me so I will leave you now.


P.S We took a 16 hour bus journey yesterday and our bus broke down two hours from our destination. We have learnt a very useful phrase over here: "Chalega". It translates to "No problem." The Indian version of "She'll be right." Just like in New Zealand this is more than just a phrase. It's a way of life.

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