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Oct 31, 2016 - Day trip to Panajim, Goa

10/31 Because I messed up my MacBook by deleting too much, we went to the Apple service center in Panajim(after Bonnie had her dentist appt in Calangute)where hopefully they can restore functions 11/3 Return to Panajim to pick up REPAIRED Mac Book, plus cancel my Singapore Air ticket. Along the way we stopped in Calangute to do bloodwork...buses and tuk tuks all day! Tons of tourists...mostly Indian here for Diwali holiday season...ends on the 7th! Diwali is like our Christmas for Hindus, very commercial! ___ Explanation of Diwali

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Aug 8, 2012 - Palolem

Drove south today to Palolem which is almost the southernmost tip of Goa. The weather was fine so we thought we would make the most of it and visit some beaches. The only problem with Goa, is that there is no coastal road as such so you drive and then turn right hoping to hit the beach!! We ended up at Mobor Point which was ineteresting - along the River Sal to the coast. Then we headed for Palolem which is a bit like Goa's Blackpool it seems although it was obviously quiet because it is Monsoon. The locals call it Palaga!! Lots of stag and...

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Aug 7, 2012 - Sakhakari Spice Plantation

We had a relaxing day yesterday and today we went out to visit a spice plantation. The guide we had was very good and it was a great trip. Upon arrival we had the obligatory red spot put on our forehead and a garland of flowers - Steve didn't want to wear his so I wore two! We then had a glass of lemongrass tea which was wonderful...very refreshing. The place was difficult to find but we asked a few times and found it eventually. I got out to ask one man who ushered me into a small room full of men and directed me to the back where I asked...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Old Goa and South to Majorda

Had a great day yesterday and visited Old Goa. Very Portugese and interesting buildings. Saw the remains of St Francis Xavier in the Bom Jesus Church and looked at the other places of worship in the town. The Museum was interesting and I was fascinated with the Hero Stones which I am now going to study and learn about because they were wonderful - they are like headstones carved to show how the person died (usually in battle) on the bottom third, their journey into heaven in the middle third and them seated in heaven on the top third...

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Aug 4, 2012 - Exploring North Goa

So we had a great day yesterday exploring North Goa. Rains treated us well and never happened while we were walking around! First drovw north and then across to Arambol which was a lovely route along the Terekhol River where we saw fishermen in their dug out boats. The scenery really is wonderful. Once there, we drove south along the coast through Mandrem, Morjim and then we thought we would have to get the small car ferry across the river to Siolim but there is now a bridge so we crossed that way and then headed for the beaches at Vagator,...

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Jun 14, 2012 - On Train to Dehli...

All in all our stay in Anjuna was very productive. We got 90% of our medical stuff taken care of (for fraction of US cost) and the monsoon rains have held off just long enough to get around without much trouble. Of course, there were some inconveniences but then it isn't tourist season, the rain actually cooled things down considerably, and like I said we ended up in a very nice place, nice people, and got a lot done. Today we catch the 3:40pm train to Dehli which doesn't arrive there until 6am on the 16th, a much slower one than the...

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Jun 7, 2012 - Anjuna (near Panaji)

Wiki Info Anjuna Wiki Info Panaji 6-7 Out of the agricultural plains into the agricultural 'mountains' this a.m. which brings lots of tunnels and green trees. Stop at 10a.m is Ratnagiri which is last one before we get off at Madgaon stop from where we rode a tuk tuk to bus station and then being a bit confused by directions buses were going, we hired another tuk tuk to Anjuna, 1 1/2 hours. Movie place is closed and Yash Restaurant is closed - both reasons for being here so..... We may be moving on and even forget medical since it is off...

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Jun 6, 2012 - STOP! Please read this!

6-6-12 Okay, stop reading this NOW!!! Well, okay read on just a bit more AND THEN, if you haven't already done so, go out a.s.a.p. and buy and READ: The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism For The Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs; Scott Kurashige. Failing that (because it could be passed on to others), check it out from your library! This is the book I've been thinking and wondering about for the past 40+ years but never knew it would exist in such a human form! Although it was published in 2011, the ideas and concepts...

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Mar 28, 2012 - Goa - short but sweet

March 27, 2012 Ditched our plans to visit the spice plantation today, a 4-hour trip that would have robbed us of precious chill time, as we cannot get flights on Friday or Sat. and have to depart tomorrow! Thank you for trying Paul! So instead we hung out in the lazy, slow, pleasantly suffocating heat, and followed up on Blair's dream to go para-sailing. Clark was going to go with him, but I decided that it was time for me to try something like that - so up we went. Quite the cowboy operation off the coast of Candolim beach, with a...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Goa!

Sunday. March 25 It wasn’t hard to leave Jaipur as we flew south to Goa on Spice Jet, a really decent Indian airline (as compared to Air India whose plane to Kullu looked like something out of another age). Arrived around 5 pm and were astonished to be the only people in the large restaurant for dinner where we had a delicious Goan thali. After a good night’s sleep I was itching to walk by the water. The boys slept as I headed out into the damp, jungle-like humidity that hits you almost like rain. I struggled with my camera, thinking it...

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Aug 15, 2011 - Panaji

Woke up early in the morning for a dip in the Arabian ocean at Baga beach. The beach was more or less deserted in the morning and the water was slightly on the cooler side. The beach side shacks looked inviting for a breakfast. I felt my skin burn as I trolled the beach with the day getting hotter. Baga is one of the more popular beaches of Goa, and I can see how it can be quite picturesque when the crowds are absent. After breakfast, we headed to Old Goa, a historic city with many buildings from the Portuguese times, now a UNESCO world...

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Jan 22, 2011 - Candolim Beach, Goa, Jan 20-22, 2011

January 20-22, 2011, Candolim, Goa Sitting at the Gato Loco finishing breakfast. Splurged on a cappuccino and had a "mini breakfast" of two poached eggs, baked beans and home fries. Main tourists here are the British and Russians, so the local restaurants cater to their tastes. It's bizarre that in the restaurants, walking the beach or strolling down the road the only Indians you see are the people waiting on you--serving food, selling wares or peddling beach chairs. The tourists are mainly retired, wandering about half-baked and half-naked...

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