A Travellerspoint blog

August 2010

From the craziest city of all times to an almost empty Goa

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I will start off with saying that it takes for ages to upload the damn pictures, here in Arambol, Goa. I arrived yesterday night with the 13 hour Mandovi Express, so I haven't really sorted out the Internet issue.

So, Mumbai... Well I actually stayed at the same place during my stay in Mumbai, since it revealed it self to be a really cool hang out place for travellers. I met a hell of a lot of people the last couple of days actually. There were two hardcore guys that really stood out from the rest.

First out was David, the Hungarian guy that walks the earth basically. He's been walking the last 6 months from Budapest with a little cheating over the Arabian Sea, since he didn't get any Pakistani visa. The guy is somewhat special, he's energy doesn't seem to fade. The hungarian press wrote an article about this guy some months ago, however I can't seem to find it online.

The other guy, Travis is crazy cool in a way. The guy actually wrote a book about hitchhiking freight trains in The States, highly illegal activity over there... He's only been to jail for a couple of days though :)
Check out his website http://www.asailboat.com.

The train ride was truly brilliant, the views were stunning. I met a young german couple which I eventually ended up in the same hotel with in Arambol. Me and Philip, the german guy did some indian style train surfin'. Good fun, I can tell you! :)

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So here I am in Goa which actually was a Portuguese colony until the sixties . I'm staying in Arambol wich is is up north in Goa. It's really off season so the price level is ridiculous. I'm paying 150 rupees per night for a double room which is about 2,5 euro. I actually found a place next to the beach for 100 rupees, and the standard is better too. A classical win-win situation, thank you! You get really delicious food at the restaurant for about one euro.

Furthermore I met Phil, an English bloke in his mid 50s. We met last time I was in India, down south in Kerala. He runs a hotel and restaurant here in Arambol, the place was closed but the guy was there. Tonight I'm gonna hang out with the locals here.

Big up! / Patrick

Posted by Patrick_K 16:21 Archived in India Tagged train_travel Comments (4)

Mumbai

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It's been an interesting day of travelling, that's for sure! First off I met Ertan, the turkish furniture exporter. Me and Ertan had a laugh during the four hour flight from Stockholm to Istanbul, talking about all of the places we´ve been to. The impression I´ve got is that the guy truly is a cosmopolitan and has an ace in his sleeve when it comes to picking up girls. After a couple beers, we had a giggle with the flight attendant. Good fun!

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On the next flight I met Prabhu, a cool Indian guy in my age studying to become a pilote in Georgia. He flies Learjets during his working hours :) Unfortunatly, beeing so tired as I was, I forgot to take a picture. Prabhu gave me a good reminder though, that I will use during my stay in India: "If you think over something twice in Europe, you have to think it over trice in India!" Good stuff!

Now I'm in my "not so cheap ugly hotel in the suburbs of Mumbai", and the plan for today is to buy some good to have medication and to find myself a better hotel or hostel. Some dinner (indian?) would be nice too. Seems that it will take two days or so in order to kill my jet lag, so easy times now :)

Booyakasha!

Posted by Patrick_K 16:12 Archived in India Tagged air_travel Comments (5)

It's getting serious! T - 12 days

rain 21 °C

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I’m pretty pissed off at the moment, I just wrote an entire neat blog entry that disappeared after I accidently pressed the “back button”. Such things ought to be saved when you’re logged in to a blog management program, but no no no… (:
Of obvious reasons, I’m writing this in Word first. I’ll try to keep it short though.

A list of my accomplishments so far:

Got my Visa for India.
Bought travel insurance.
Took a bike license!
Sold stuff for almost 3000 €.
Saved at least 1000 € for moving back to my folks the last two months.
Took a hell lot of vaccines and bought Malarone to the grand total of 450€!!! Ouch…
Became a member of the well growing community couchsurfing.com

Bought some “good to have stuff” and gadgets, the drawbacks in the account:

An Olympus compact camera with an underwater housing, for the wet days.

A Pentax K-x (dSLR) for quality pictures. (Love it!)
For the Pentax, a Joby Gorilla pod SLR Zoom. This has to be the most versatile camera pod out there, you can attach it to literally everything. It’s small, it’s light and it’s brilliant.

An antenna for my computer that enhances the wlan signal 300 times or so.

A 70l dry bag with a carrying harness, where I can put all my stuff in and don’t have to worry about my electronics even when I’m actually in the water!

A pair of climbing shoes, in hope of taking up my ancient climbing days. One love!

A mobile phone for 20 €! The name is Simpell Xd100 and it’s 9mm thick, the tasks you can perform with the device is making calls and sending texts. Genious!

An emergency charger for every mobile phone (almost). It gives you 30 min of talk time. All you need is an AA-battery, shouldn’t be so hard to find now should it?

A PacSafe safety system, an adjustable high-tensile stainless steel locking device, designed to cover and protect a variety of bags and packs from tampering, pilfering and theft.

An all-in-one door alarm and smoke detector, if your door opens the alarm will go off!

That’s all for now!

Posted by Patrick_K 12:58 Archived in Sweden Tagged preparation Comments (3)

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