Our blog which is now focusing on our travels in Europe during the Winters and working across the UK in the Summers.
It also has all our adventures from travelling India and South East Asia in 2018, the Philippines in 2020 and Sri Lanka in 2021/22
After Agonda we went to Benaulim for 3 nights, which is a
very long, flat, white sandy beach. This does mean you must walk a bit between
places, but it’s worth it for the solitude you get.
The place we stayed at was very laid back and run by a group
of lads that preferred to sit and play on their phones than hound you for
custom -This had its benefits and its drawbacks but all in all it was a very
nice little place, just a shame the Wi-Fi was terrible. (Anthys Guesthouse)
had a lovely couple from the Wirral in the room next door and they helped teach
us a few tricks as had been coming to this area for over 7 years.
Most of our days seem to be taken up by swimming before it
gets too hot, reading in the shade/ bar or a/c room for the hot bit and then
back out again for sunset swims or drinks about 5:30. It’s not a bad way to
spend your time and as we knew North Goa would be more active we embraced the
lazy beach way of life.
We did manage to get a taxi to the big market at Margao
town on Wednesday morning, which is a huge manic undercover market selling
literally everything you can think of. You do get accosted at every turn by
people trying to entice you in their shop but it’s amusing to hear what the
different conversation starters are – The best one was after she learnt our
names she asked me if Paul had a big willy! I’m sure I didn’t mishear as she
fell about in giggles after she’d said it.
On the first night, we met a local guy called Shiva and it
turns out he’s a bit of a local celebrity. He asks you where you live then
rattles off your postcode plus the names of all the surrounding towns – Bishopbriggs, Shawlands, Mansfield, Derby and then he goes on to list their
postcodes. He can speak fluent welsh and our neighbours said there is a youtube video out there of him somewhere.
I also discovered a cocktail bar called Firefly that had the
best 80’s playlist playing loudly and Donovan the owner was practising his new
Cashew Feni recipes. It would have been rude not to be a guinea pig for a few
Yet another short monthly update, it's now 5 months (22 weeks) since being back in the UK so here is what's happened since last the last blog. We splashed out and got some new crockery and new saucepans, frying pan etc as we were fed up using the ones we had since getting Daisy which actually came with her! Daisy got a few more bits of work done for the MOT, including front brake pipes & hoses, caliper and the previously mentioned power steering issue was just a pipe which saved us a lot of money. Anyway she passed her MOT first time, with only a couple of advisories which will be sorted soon, so that's a relief and now means her MOT is a July date which suits us better as we will be in the UK around that time each year. So with the MOT done and the leak fixed, we took off up to the Peak District for an overnight stay at a pub campsite, just to get out of the city for a bit and also I had a couple of DIY jobs needing doing which required hook up. First up was a small
Can't believe we have been away exactly 6 months already, seems to me as if it has flown in! 😯 I just wanted to post this interactive map that I have been using to plot our route so far, it has a point for every place we have had overnight stay or a flight transfer. It's only when I look back over it, then does the time feel slower and I realise it was a long time ago that we swam in the beaches of Goa! Here is a link to some of the stats - Click here View Full Size Travel Map So what is the plan for the next couple of months and beyond? Well after our 8 weeks in Indonesia, we fly to Ho Chi Minh City and travel up Vietnam, then probably over into Laos and then into Cambodia. Then money permitting, we may go back into Thailand and do the northern part, although we did originally plan to be away a year, it's looking more likely it will be 10 months or so. x
So the first day has been at Vasco de Gama. We only picked this place because it was so close to the airport and when you land at 1am all you want is a nice bed for a couple of nights. The hotel is really nice, we have a double bed each, a balcony, plus a toilet/wet room complete with built in viewing window. We slept most of the day and then went for a wander into town in the afternoon. The roads are chaos and everyone was staring at the 2 crazy westerners walking along side the cows, goats, dogs and locals.... There are no tourists in this town and everyone wants to shake your hand and say 'Hi'. Sadly town at that time is mostly industrial car workshops, closed pharmacies, closed bars and hardly any people but on the way back to the hotel we found a dingy little bar with 2 beer fridges and some locals having a curry and pints. 2 kingfishers later and after they started closing all the shutters and doors with us inside, we thought it best to go back to the hotel.