Back to Benaulim, Agonda and Mumbai then UK bound!

The last blog from India, sorry it’s a month late but not much to report so it will be a short one!

With my dental treatment for this visit over, we had planned our last couple of weeks in Goa back in our favourite places in the South.

We were also being joined by our very good friends from Nottingham, who were visiting India for the first time, and we were looking forward to showing them Goa.

We got the train down from Thivim to Madgaon and then got a taxi to take us back to Mistral Holidays in Benaulim, where we spent my birthday back in January.
This was only for 2 nights before our friends got there, so we could get the keys for the villa we had booked for the 6 days we had booked and get settled in before they arrived.

To allow us to nip to the shop, off-licence etc we hired a scooter for the week which would help us to do this.
On the day we moved into the apartment, Sadie got some basics in, and I got a taxi up to the airport to meet them.

The villa we had rented was lovely, 3 bedrooms (2 which were ensuite), huge open plan living room/kitchen and outside terrace with our own private pool. We had 6 nights here, and had plans to go out sightseeing, dinners etc for that period.

On our first night together, we had some drinks and then went out for a lovely dinner in town, and on the way back to the villa… disaster struck!

M had taken a tumble, sober too! And it wasn’t till back in the UK that it was discovered it was a fractured ankle.
Anyway, this incident changed the dynamic of our time with them, but we still had a good time.
We managed to get really drunk on the evening river cruise (again!!), chilled by the pool most days, with the occasional taxi out to get dinner.

For the 2nd week we booked the same place in Agonda, Sea 2000, where we had stayed for the festive period. On the way there our friendly taxi driver took us to a temple and taught us how they made Urrak, a local spirit!

This week was a bit easier as we were right on the beach, so spent a lot of the time having cocktails for sunset in a shack, eating out, but by this time of year it was unbearably hot and humid and most afternoons we spent hiding in the AC Room!

We had a huge meal with more friends joining us for Sadies Birthday and she even had some cake. We only ventured out of Agonda once to visit a recommended restaurant in the nearby Palolem called Ourem88 and we had an amazing meal there… sadly when we got home, we found out the English couple who own it are selling up!

A highlight of this week was watching a mum turtle lay her eggs and also another night we seen some baby turtles being released into the sea too.

Our last week here soon flew past, soon it was time to say our goodbyes and then after our last night in Goa, myself and Sadie headed back up to Mumbai on the train for a couple of days. This was a long day, and we’ve already decided next time we will just fly up, to make things easier coming home.

We went back to stay with our friends in Mumbai for those 2 days, went out for a meal together and then it was our turn to go to the airport and fly back to France. It was an early morning flight, so we had to get to the airport around midnight and by the time we landed in Nice, we were shattered and had been up for over 30+ hours.

Our plan was we stayed with Sadie's parents again for 5 days, then drive back up through France and get the ferry back to Dover! We had a lovely time again going out for some amazing food and it was good to see them all again too.

We had a fairly uneventful 3 days travelling North to Calais, and before long we were back on UK soil on the 20th of April, which was 27 weeks after leaving back in mid-October!

This gave us only 2 weeks to get sorted with a towing vehicle, get Freddy, practice towing and then try and sell Daisy before our first event of a very busy summer!


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