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Monsoon Arambol

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I start to feel at home here in Arambol. Since there are so little tourists here, everyone seems to know everyone. There's been quite a few parties, nothing big of course, with the guys here. A lot of Israelis here as well as British, Spanish and French people. Today I met the first two Swedes on the trip. They looked a bit "beaten up" in some weird manner.

The monsoon season is really enjoyable, even the "three showers a day" is a good relief from the heat. The best thing however are all the colors the monsoon brings, everything is so green and healthy. If you can stand the showers, it's a great time to visit Goa.

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Another good thing of visiting the beaches of Goa at this time of year is the price level. I now pay 100 rs (1.5 euro) for a room by the beach, I also rented a scooter for 150 rs per day. Not bad, ey? Of all the people I've met that has been in other parts of Goa, they all say the same: Arambol is really cheap and there is some people here at least, the contrary with many other goan beaches.

One thing that has been bothering me for quite a while now is the advertisement you get to your phone. I got an Indian sim card in Mumbai and ever since the operator keeps calling me. When I pick up the phone, there's just a stupid advertisement song in hindi. This happens at least four times a day. This however is not all! If it wasn't enough with those calls you rush to pick up and there's no one there, they send you text messages. Five times a day you get stuff like: "Dahi ki Handi Barish ka fuhar Makhan churane aaye Nandlal Mubarak ho aapko janmastami ka tyohar Happy Janamastami". For free? No! Since I'm out of Mumbai I pay a roaming charge. In India you pay roaming between states. Imagine if it bothers you! :)

So it seems that I'm gonna be here for a while, with those words here is the cliff side of Arambol:

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Looks pretty scary, doesn't it? :)

Posted by Patrick_K 05:37 Archived in India Comments (1)

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)

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