Just back from a fantastic 2 weeks. Still in Goa time and waking each morning at 4am so bear with me if I ramble!
Flight with Monarch was fine, more room and more attentive, airport seemed more with it too. Saw the new terminal which is due to open for a weeks trial beginning of December, looks impressive but not quite ready!
The first couple of days it was really busy with Diwali celebrations still going on. The roads were hectic. We thought Ingos was open the first night because the Arpora road was grid locked.
Some of the roads are in a terrible state, but saw quite a lot of work (patching) being done
It was lovely seeing everything starting to wake up to the new season and we saw changes every day.
The first couple of days we went to Anjuna and little Vagator. There were very few shacks open but a lovely atmosphere. Theres 3 large new beach hut complexes being built down the cliff side at Vagator. they look very impressive but wonder if they'l change the chilled ambiance?
We went to Baga beach the next day. Shacks were still being built. A Shack owner asked if we wanted a bed, but said he had to charge Rs 200 each person because he couldn't serve food yet so had to make his money some how! Lol ! Made perfect sense to him and the 2 European men sat with a bottle of water soaking up the peace and quiet!
Exchange rate rose as we were there from 97 to 100.5. Hope it continues into the season
I thought there would be prise increases because of this but didn't notice any - although some shacks and bars said they were doing new menus so maybe later tbc