Flew out from Manchester yesterday afternoon on the Monarch flight via Kuwait. It started snowing about half an hour before we were due to leave and was coming down pretty heavily, but apart from a slight delay due to waiting for them to de-ice the plane! we were off, leaving the cold weather behind us.
As promised by Jewel In the Crown we were issued with our complimentary headsets and comfort packs on board the plane. The dinner served was almost identilcal to the dinner we had last year, chicken with veg and potatoes, dessert, cheese and biscuits and fruit. Last year we had lemon mousse this year it was the Lily O Brien's chocolate caramel pot which I love - and even better OH doesn't so I had two :-) The stopover in Kuwait wasn't too bad, I read my magazine and the hour passed fairly quicly. The majority of people were stood up or walking around onboard to stretch their legs. Agree with previous posters that it was very warm on board whilst the plane was on the ground. I think the 'upgraded' meal must have been on the Kuwait/Dabolim sector as we were served with a hot breakfast and I'm sure last year it was continental.
Arrived at Dabolim and didn't find the airport too bad. Managed to find our suitcases without any help from the porters and paid 798rp for the taxi to Cavelossim. Despite being assured that the taxi would have seat belts, when we got in the car the seat belts were not functioning. Now if it had been up to me I would have take londonraffle's advice and asked for another taxi but OH told me not to make a fuss so I settled down and 'enjoyed' the journey and we arrived in Cavelossim in one piece. The first person we saw was Roman the barman who came rushing over to show us his new tattoo of his mum and dad. He laughed off my questions about early closing and lack of alcohol and assured me that there were plenty of breezers for tonight (phew) but OH would have to drink something else as there was no Kings.
Our room in Luciana's was ready and waiting (if a bit dusty though a few baby wipes soon rectified that) so we unpacked and went off to see Ja'i at Ja'i International to change some money. Today's rate in Cavelossim was 76.5 and it was lovely to see Ja'i again and partake in some refreshment with him.
Still feeling a bit zombie like after the lack of sleep we headed for the beach catching up with the beach sellers who remembered us from last year. Didn't want to walk too far today so plonked ourselves down outside Win Win's shack and went for a catch up with Edwin. The shack is in a different position from the past few years as it's down the bottom end of the beach next to GGs. It was a glorious Goan day with a lovely breeze that meant I discarded the umbrella after the first hour. Think I must have nodded off after lunch as the next thing I heard was OH's voice asking what time it was and it was already 4.30. There were very few sellers on the beach and not once was I asked if I wanted my nails doing. We did see the tourist police on the beach which probably explains this.
Walked back down the lane to the Mobor Beach hotel marvelling at the sunshine and beautiful blue sky when this time yesterday we were in a snowy Manchester Airport. We saw a pig snuffling round close to the half built bungalows behind the Mobor Beach and a couple of lads seemed to be tidying up the vegetation but the bungalows look like old ruins now - it's hard to believe they were only started a few years ago. The Radisson Blu looks very impressive now that it's finished and we will pop in for a nosey in the next few days.
Think it will be a curry at Goan Village tonight, washed down by a couple of breezers :-) There doesn't seem any shortage of alcohol in the shops in Cavelossim though I might buy my bottle of honey bee on the way back just to be prepared. Unfortunately I left my thermometer at home so there won't be any temperature readings on this trip - you'll have to make do with 'hot'!