11.04.2011 30 °C
time has gone so fast!!! its scary and exciting,
anyway, the past few days...
left panaji after going to old goa for the day and looking at some churches and art galleries. fascinating stuff, really. but it was nice to be out and about! definitely missed the stop on the way there, probably went 20 minutes to far, oops! but i like the bus so it was okay.
took a bus from panaji to margao then to benaulim which is a southern beach in Goa, famous among the older european generation apparently haha. found a room then had a look around, spent 4 hours on the internet skyping to mum, dad and grandma, as well as my brother who had his birthday! did some (A LOT) of shopping. crazy crazy times, probably went overboard when mum said get her some pillow covers but they will make nice gifts/ill have them for when im old and responsible in my own house! also bought some kashmiri table covers like my wall hanging that i LOVE.
went to the beach yesterday in Benaulim but you have no idea how hot it is. well, not exactly hot just very warm air, with no breeze/a warm breeze, and the sun beats down on you SO HARD. and after the hour walk i had i was drenched and it was icky (i had planned to walk for at least 2 but it would have been impossible!!). found a bookstore!!! was reading 'tale of 2 cities', trying to up the number of classics ive read but im not feeling it. so got a Frank McCourt book called 'teacher man' and finished it today! it was very good and interesting. have 2 more to read, one by dan brown, and another by a similar writer, looks like my classics arent going to be looked at for a while haha ah well.
Last night there was the most MASSIVE thunderstorm ever, it was crazy and the power went out which was horrible because it was so hot in the room and sleeping was impossible and i finsihed my water. it lasted on and off for 3 hours (mostly off) before it came on properly, it was SUCH a relief.
woke up early today, packed and left, caught a bus to Margoa again, sent a package home (which was so complicated and i was tearing my hair out in the end, so i got a pepsi to make it better ) then am in Vasco de Gama now where the train to bangalore is leaving at 8 45. it is now 5 past 4, yay for wasting time!!! but really, had the most amazing lunch here, aloo parota (potato and bread with curd and this preserve thing), then puri (delicious puffs of deep fried goodness that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner it seems...) with coconut chutney (coconut in a white milky sauce thing, tastes better than this description haha).
also, my previous view of curd was that it was like off, salty milk, ie DISGUSTING. but its not! its natural yoghurt! (apparently the first time i tried it, it was probably off ewww)
in the next few days i will be in bangalore, then chennai where i will hopefully post my last blog from india! trying to pass 24 hours of nothingness and avoid the craziness of the election thats happening the next day