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At 3 in the afternoon, a mere 26 hours after departing, I arrived at my first stop: Anjuna. Heading to sleep the night before I left, a mixture of anxiety and panic left me with about 5 hours of sleep to fuel me through until Tuesday evening. The first flight of my journey was pleasant enough; the huge Boeing 777 was only at about half capacity, and I thankfully had both armrests to myself.

Arriving into Dubai, I half-expected a wave of heat to hit me as I stepped off the plane. As it was, the shiny, glassy, clean and mostly empty airport was very well chilled. Waiting for my second Emirates flight of the day, it quickly became apparent that I was the only non-Indian person on the entire flight. But wait, I notice a rather rotund Englishman in a big suit enter the waiting area. He spots me and unbelievably, out of a choice of perhaps 100 empty seats, plonks himself alongside me in what probably appeared to be the 'White' corner of the room.

The flight was a lot busier than the first, but arrived in good time to Mumbai. After the oil-fueled majesty that was Dubai International, the airport itself was quite a shock. It seemed like the entire decor was installed about fifty years ago and not been updated/cleaned since. There were some very nice plants, but unless they were pumping the sound in through the speakers, there were definitely some crickets that had made the airport their home. Having navigated my way to my gate approximately 7 hours early, I decided to take 100 small naps of no longer than 5 minutes with my hand as my pillow.

The final flight was with IndiGo Air, the Indian low-cost option. The flight itself was so short that no sooner had we reached cruising altitude, we began our descent. Arriving into Goa, the exotically-named Lazarus Fernandes took me the 60km to my hostel in Anjuna. The Evershine guesthouse isn't exactly a Hilton, but for 2 pound a night, you feel guilty even asking for a sheet to sleep under. This isn't helped by the lovely hostess Sebastiana, who really goes out of her way to make sure you have a good stay.

Having unpacked (by which I mean got my sandals out and put them on my feet), I wandered towards the beach area. I took a seat to enjoy the sea air, but my view of the horizon was rudely interrupted.


This encounter proved too much for me, so I headed to the nearest bar where I shared a few drinks with a few guys from Mumbai who are here on holiday. They've taught me a lot about the area, where to go and who to speak to. Having still not slept properly in a couple of days, the atmosphere gave me a little extra boost. The evening took me to a restaurant with some fellow travellers, where, inexplicably, the owners put on a lethal combination of Hollywood classics: Bad Boys and Burlesque. Strangely, it was halfway through the latter when the tiredness really kicked in, and allowed me to sleep soundly through a tropical storm..


Posted by domel9 14:39 Archived in India Tagged india mumbai anjuna

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Whoop whoop sounds great hunni! Hope you are finally sleeping well! Enjoy little bro!! Love you xxxx

by Alana Ashby

You've made your Mummy laugh in what has been a sad couple of days for me!! Glad to hear you are meeting lots of people, but didn't I teach you not to talk to strange men (especially rotund ones!). Love you lots. xx

by Mummy

Hi Dom, Glad to see the delights of India are embrasing you. Check out Anjuna market its very colourful. Watch out for all the locals saying "alright geezer" they think everyone from England speaks like that, it gets really annoying! Have lunch at a place called the German Bakery thats if it still exists, they soak the salads in Iodine so they are perfectly safe to eat.Wish I was there, take care. xx

by Julie

Loving the blog so far, can't wait to read more. Also, I'd like to see more adventures with the Rotund Man.

by tonica

Glad to hear this place wasn't made up after all. By the way, it turns out the bookshop in KLCC isn't a Waterstones, but 'Kinokuniya'. Big place, 4th floor, can't miss it. See you there!

by Dan Dyer

Looks good! Enjoy the food for me.

by Bish

Hi Dom,
Hampi is my favourite place in India, I am so pleased you have gone there its really magical. Go down to the Tungabhadra river, we walked up stream for about half a day with rubber rings just to float back down for the rest of the day! There are some caves but we didn't find them. Got bitten going through some paddy fields up stream and you have to climb massive boulders. There is a view point in Hampi where you can watch the sunset its amazing. There are some great temples go to Virupaksha Temple. Have a great time! When I was here in March we had to visit the temples about 7.30 in the morning as it gets too hot.
Lots ot Love Auntie!

by Julie

Forgot to mention, the monkeys are really cheeky, I was sitting drawing a temple and I monkey sat next to me and tried to take my handbag! We played tud of war for a little while, he wasn't going to give up so I had to stand up and stand my ground! Cheeky things they are! xx

by julie

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