just got back and i had to get this off my chest!! I was a bit fed up of what i might call "one upmanship" - every time i met someone and got into conversation all they could tell me was that they had been to goa 10 million times before and knew each and every taxi driver personally by name and how many times they had visited their waiters house and how much money they were sending them to send their children to private school to learn english Sorry, but got really fed up with all this and im not really bothered about how many times you have been or how many people you know personally in Goa. its your business.
apart from that i had a brill time, Goa is a lovely place, beaches are fantastic and so are the restaurants, went on some fab trips, 6 hour train trip down south, and stayed on a house boat, saw wild crocodiles in the river, saw some beautiful wild birds and animals, and did meet some nice people, - who actually didnt go on about saving the world! and goa. ok if you want to do that but please dont go on and on and on ...it gets boring!
i also met a couple at the hotel who had only been there for about 2 hours and asked me if i liked it there, they said they didnt think they would like it as they were only used to 5 star carribean, but by the end of the week they had changed their minds and were loving it, so it goes to show - it may not be all loads of 5 star like some places but it does have that lovely feeling about the place that you just really enjoy! if any one would like to have the recommendation of a lovely beach shack that isnt really loud and noisy, but chilled and laid back -try James' shack in candolim its great and you dont get too much hassle from the beach sellers! Had a great time al in all- no real tummy troubles, just the usual stuff from changes in diet etc, lots of colds and coughs going around the place, but plenty of chemists available for cold remedies and de-congestants etc. it is better to by take an unlocked mobile with you, so you dont have to pay to get it unlocked and then buy a sim card so you can call home. or you can use public phones - we found one in a shop and it only cost 12p per minute, ha but the only thing was it is on a wall outside the shop and people did think we were a bit weird when we startied singing "we wish you a merry christmas" down the phone to my daughter. another thing - is barter well because the sellers are trying to charge prices that are even higher than matalan! as people don seemt to be spending as much, so they are trying to get as much out of us as possible.....which you cant blame them, but then we have to get a good deal too, there has been a credit crunch , hasnt there? any hope everyone has a great time and enjoy it as much as i did.!!!