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Goa

Aramabol, actually just Samantha's

sunny 32 °C

So I arrive in Goa with three new friend, Ina the German, Matt the harry potter look alike and Phil (Phillipa) his Liverpool girlfriend! I arrive in Arambol at midday a check into a beach hut. Arambol is a beautiful beach resort with a long beach, palm trees and more Russians than I have ever seen. Russian men, old Russian men walking around in thongs is not the sight you want to be greeted by but it happens. I meet Efe and he saves my life and proves to be the best friend that I have met on this trip. He lends me money so I can eat and survive until my replacement card shows up.

The day after arriving is Goa was the Hindu festival of Holli, the festival that celebrates the start of Spring. It is celebrated by the throwing of paint. Even though Goa is a Christian State it is still celebrate and everyone is a target. It is a big street party and people dance and hug on the street. I ended up looking like some piece of Modernist art but loved it. It is one of the funniest festivals I have been to in India (and I have been to a lot (365 festivals a year).

I don't really have much to say about Arambol, it is full of hippies and Russians. It has more bars than people (off season) and is a place that you can do nothing. For two weeks I read, swam, cooked (was in a house) and waited for my card to arrive. That is sadly it. One day we went to another beach and did the same but that is it. I could be found at Samantha's beach restaurant because they didn't charge us for sun loungers and had free backgammon. It is sad that so much of my time was wasted at this place but hey it is all part of the travelling experience.

But my card arrived and it was time to leave, but sadly I had mo time to explore more as I had a flight from Chennai to Sri Lanka and had a 22 hour train journey to do.

Posted by Joewhittaker 02:05 Archived in India Tagged goa

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