We have still yet to make a decision of what we are going to do with respect to India, as we are weighing in our options. While we are in the great place (call Goa), we thought we would check out some of the sites. We went to the government run tourist office and got some pamphlets.
From the pamphlets we decided to go on a South Goa Tour. All giddy with excitement and anticipation, we went to the hotel where we could sign up for the 8 hour tour and paid our dues. We got onto the bus and we were off, to see Old Goa…or so we thought. Old Goa is a really neat looking place, except 10 days a year, when the festival for the saint is held, which end on December 3rd. The tour guide told us, in broken English, that we will not waste our time here,both Tanya and I were relieved as we watched thousands of people all trying to jam into the Christian churches.
The bus continued on its way to a temple. There really isn’t too much to see at temples, unless you are really into them.
We continued on our tour, seeing another Hindu Temple and then we went to an old Portuguese Settlement. It was pretty cool to see the old house, and how people used to live back in the day. They lived pretty good, and the tour was good. Having a tour guide makes these sites so much more enjoyable and meaningful.
After this we went to the Beach. The beach was nice. Sand as far as the eye can see, palm trees on the edge of the beach, trying to move closer and close to the ocean. We walked through the palm tree forest (of course, I am a forester). For those that know about the SBSmk1, it was like walking through a sparsely tree’d 03, with no dead pine trees, but coconut trees. It was crazy, very cool. We couldn’t stay in the treed area though, the sand was getting in our sandals, and it is so difficult to walk in sand, so we returned to the un-treed area and walked on the compacted sand back to the bus. The high winds on the beach made the +33 weather more bearable. It is really hot here, both Tanya and I sweet through every pore all day long and consume about 3L of water a day each (and we don’t do any extraneous activity).
At the end of the day, we were exhausted, and ready to go back to our hotel. It was really interesting, we were the only non-Indian people on the tour, this tour was targeted towards Indians from other part of the country. As a result, the price of the trip was very cheap.
India is a country of too many languages, something like 80, but people from different areas don’t all speak the same languages. Most Indians can speak three languages, their local tongue, Hindi and English. The odd thing is (but very convenient for a couple of mono-tongued Anglophones), most Indians from different parts of the country all speak English to each other. This makes India such an easy place to get around.