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Postby kit » Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:50 am

Welcome back, MG! Bet you're finding it cold and grey here. Glad you had a good time, and returned lighter than when you went. We're looking forward to hearing all about it. xxx
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Postby sea sprite » Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:44 am

Welcome back MG :D I hope that the Delhi Belly clears up soon!
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Postby Ebany » Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:28 pm

Welcome back MG!! As you can see, they've been working very hard to keep me under control!!!!!! :shock: :roll: :roll: :twisted: Ah well, someone has to give them something to keep them occupied!!!! 8) :lol: :lol:
If I didn't do it, there's no telling what sort of mischief they'd all be getting up to.....!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby solsticedreamer » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:59 pm

Moongoddess wrote:......got a touch of Dehli Belly :( :(

:shock: hope you feel better soon MG and welcome back to chilly old england :) bet that was a shock when you landed after the sun of Goa!
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Postby Carprimulgidae » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:53 pm

MG your back, got any pics to show us :wink:

welcome back & hope you dont find it too cool
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Postby Sujee » Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:09 pm

YAY!! She is back AND lighter to boot! There's dedication for you - giving herself Dehli Belly to lose weight! :twisted: :lol:

Hope it clears up soon MG - cannot wait to hear all about your adventures. I hope the bride and groom had as good a time as you obviously did! :D
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Postby Kas » Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:50 pm

Welcome home MG, can't wait to hear about your hol. My other half had Dehli Belly too in Goa. Not good, I feel for you. Hope you're soon better :)
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Postby Moongoddess » Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:52 pm

The great Goa expedition

Passport and baggage control from Manchester are a doddle compared to the Indian version!!
Bags checked in straight away…..passports checked straight away, no problems, but what a long boring wait for being called for the plane!! The flight (our first) was fine, very uneventful, but very boring….but to excited to sleep!
Our arrival in Goa….the weather was beautiful! The heat that greeted us as we stepped of the plane was unbelievable. The airport at Goa is very rundown and tiny in comparison to Manchester. We queued for hours to have our immigration forms checked and passports stamped and then again just to have them double checked!!!! What a nightmare in that heat! Then we had to go and wait for our bags! (it was just as bad on the return journey; the plane had to wait for us!)
Walking out of the airport is a nightmare too! There are hundreds of guys shouting taxi at you. We were greeted by the holiday rep, who had a coach waiting for us, but as soon as you start walking, guys are grabbing your cases to take for you and then demanding ‘English pound!’ for their service….I wouldn’t let go of my case and kept a tight hold of it, even though a guy was dragging it along!!! He didn’t get his money though….I didn’t have any to give him.
The coach was something like off a Carry on film, I’m sure it would have been condemned in England as not road worthy! The journey to the resort was approx 45 mins long……and hilarious. There seems to be no rules for being on the road in India….it’s just a free for all. The drivers are all continuously pipping at each other, and trying to overtake each other, even if there is someone already overtaking in the opposite direction!!! Roundabouts are a biggest vehicle takes priority, but motorbikes (of which there are thousands) seem to have the right to nip through any available gap, regardless of how small!!
The resort we arrived at was rather shabby, but kept very clean. They came everyday to clean and every other day to change bedding and towels……it was better that any dirty corners were left unexplored and a light switched on in the bathroom BEFORE entering!!!! The local wildlife was lively at night, and we just had to accept they were there. Dawn (the bride), her mother was less than impressed and if her daughter hadn’t been getting married, she’d have been on the next flight home.
The food that was served at the restaurants we went to couldn’t be faulted. Everyday we went to a different restaurant and we weren’t disappointed. Nearly all the restaurants are open air and set in lovely courtyards, with the palm trees decked in fairy lights…..they looked enchanting!
The holiday rep had advised us if we wanted to go on any trips to book through her, but everyone advised us the check with the taxi drivers and little shops who dealt with trips. They were far cheaper and so we booked for a trip to Dudhsagar Falls, calling back to a spice plantation tour and a ride on the elephant. If we had booked with the rep, it would have cost us approx £100 each on three long and dusty trips. We did it all in one day (and not rushed) for 1550 rupees (approx £19.50!)
I loved the Elephant ride, it was magical. Rather a undignified unmounting, but worth doing. The Elephant was lovely and really enjoyed the banana’s we took, photo’s to follow. The Falls are rather spectacular, especial the railway viaduct that runs across it. The journey to the falls was by jeep and was almost like the beginning jeep journey in Jurassic Park, the landscape was quite ancient looking and only missing a dinosaur. We stopped to checkout the spiders too….urgh!!! The spice plantation tour was quite interesting to, learning about the different spices and nuts - discovered I liked cashew nuts - she also told us about betel nuts, which are apparently, when chewed, are very strong narcotic…..which is what all the taxi drivers chew…..no wonder the roads are so bad!!!
Our first trip to the beach was very interesting, all along the beach fronts are shacks, who want you to go to their sun beds. They then look after you’re every need all day long - food and drink - and keep an eye on your belongings and chase the beggars away. The area we where in - Calangute - is apparently the area people from India go for their holidays too, and the rep had mentioned that they find us fascinating and will take photo’s and videos of us, which they did….strange!!!! The Indian guys, especially liked Andrew!! I think he was a little nervous as some of the ones who wanted photo’s had actually been holding hands too LOL. I’ve told him, his photo has probably been downloaded on to numerous gay Indian porno sites.
The wedding on Saturday was magical. The setting was a private beach, which had been beautifully decked with a flower garlanded gazebo, to get married in. A table all decorated off to one side and dance floor with disco and lights. The wedding was conducted just as the sun was starting to set, so the photo’s just captured the best moments with the final rays of the sun glinting of the sea…….ahhhhh lovely. We had a lovely barbi meal, fireworks and then kicked up our heels for a bogie. Oh, the bride looked stunning too; she had a beautiful dress, with dangly sparkly bits (you needed to see it) a bit mermaid (ish).
On the Monday a few of us went to Grande Island, snorkelling. The journey was about 1 hour by boat and on the way we stopped to watch the dolphins. After the snorkelling, we were taken to a deserted beach, where a fire had been set and tatties were roasting in the ashes and fresh caught fish grilling above….lovely and the water so inviting and not as rough as the beach near our hotel. The waves were so rough back there they knocked you off you feet and ripped your bikini off, which I discovered much to my embarrassment……but wasn‘t on my own!! We also watched the dolphins in the way back.
I was supposed to be going to the large market in Anjuna on the Wednesday, but the Tuesday night I starting feeling ill and by Wednesday morning daren’t leave the side of the toilet!! So Andrew went and had a spend, buying some very funky shirts.
I didn’t miss out too much though, as on Saturday night there is a night market in Anjuna, which is actually better. There is live music, lots of handcrafted stalls and food stalls all lit up with fairy lights. The music was brill, first a rock band, then a sort of hippy sounding band, which were excellent and the evening rounded off with a group doing fire dancing/juggling.
All in all a fabulous holiday and very well recommended.
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Postby kit » Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:01 pm

Wow, MG - sounds absolutely fab!!! :shock: Thanks so much for sharing it all with us. And sparing us details of the more unsavoury bits! I hope that after her initial disappointment Dawn enjoyed the wedding. So glad you had a good time! :D
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Postby wherethewildrosesgrow » Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:24 pm

sounds just fab (apart from the belly playing up :( ) - really glad you had a great time - your description reminds me of when I was in Thailand and Indonesia - sigh....
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Postby sea sprite » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:42 pm

It sounds wonderful, MG :D We must see photos!!! :lol:
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Postby Sorcha » Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:04 pm

Sounds like you had a great time MG!!! ( apart from the belly trouble!! :wink: :wink: ) Thanks for sharing this with us!!
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Postby Sujee » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:03 pm

Oh, MG... I could see it all as I read your post. What a wonderful time you had, I really want to go there now! One day.....

I cannot wait to see your pics. I hope the locals did not video you losing your bikini or you too will be all over some Goan Porn site...!!! :wink: :twisted: :lol:

I hope you are feeling better today honey. :D
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