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Dec 2, 2017 - Varanasi

We are sitting on the roof of our hotel, the Sita Guest House, in Varanasi, overlooking the Ganges, which has been turned into a rooftop restaurant. We've just attempted to catch an hour or so of sleep, which eluded me, after our overnight flight from Goa. I had booked us for a mid day flight, but the airline discontinued that one, and put us on one that left at midnight from Goa to Delhi, for 3 1/2 hours, with a 5 1/2 hour layover until 8 am this morning, then another 1 1/2 hours to Varanasi. Thank goodness I had arranged for a car to pick...

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Dec 1, 2017 - Good-bye Goa

We haven't heard from Sheeja in a couple of days, and then got word from Sharon and Babu that flooding was occurring around his home near Neyyar Dam, 25 minutes from her place. Today's newspaper says a cyclone is hitting southern Kerala where we were, and in Kannyakumari people are being evacuated by the army, navy, and Air Force. 3,000 power poles have been toppled and 500 trees uprooted. 8 people killed, 4 in Kerala, and 4 in Kannyakumari which is in Tamil Nadu state. I sure hope the house we bought holds up for Sheeja, who has her...

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Nov 29, 2017 - Anjuna Hippy Market

Jud went out carousing in Baga until 5:30 a.m. So happy he has his own space so we didn't know enough to worry about him. He had a great time checking out clubs and bars, meeting people, and getting free drinks at some, as the bouncers thought he was with a group, and had paid a cover fee (which was not the case). Two guys gave him a ride back to the hotel on the back of their scooter. He said it was one of the weirdest experiences in his life, as he'd never ridden with two guys before, but they said, "Not to worry sir, this is everyday...

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Nov 28, 2017 - Baga, Goa

Another hot 30degree day, that feels like 38 according to the weather network. After breakfast we decided to walk the 20 minutes to the town of Baga and check out the beach, shops, and exchange some money for Rupees. Cool drinks, some haggling over t-shirts and jewelry, and we took a taxi back with 10 foil packets of port (Goa was settled by the Portuguese, hence the port) and some local cashew feni (moonshine made from cashews). After lunch some cooling off time by the pool, reading, writing, and playing pool on the small lobby table....

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Nov 27, 2017 - Royal Goan Resort Monterio

We're staying in a condo RCI timeshare complex, near Calungate, north of Arpura, south of Baga. Older worn furniture, Indian style, but a great bed that allowed us our best sleep in two weeks. They apparently upgraded us to an imperial suite, which in fact means that we have an enhanced sound system for the TV. Too bad we have to climb 8 sets of stairs to reach our room. Refreshed, but ravenous, after a disastrous room service experience last night (cold chicken burgers, limp fries, and shrimp drowned in sandwich spread sauce), we decided...

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Nov 26, 2017 - Goa

Up at 5:30 this am and served a 7 course breakfast from Sheeja. Some tears amid the good-byes. Arrived at 6 pm in Goa, after all day travel, leaving at 7:10 am from Sheeja's house. Drive for an hour to the Trivandrum airport, wait an hour, a 2 1/2 hour flight on Indigo Airlines to Mumbai, a 3 1/2 hour layover to pick up luggage and go through security to Spice Jet airlines, a 1 1/4 hour flight to Goa. Then a 1 1/4 hour car ride to our hotel/condo in northern Goa near Baga and Arpura. Will check out the area tomorrow, and indulging in...

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