Day 87 – Thursday 9th December – Mumbai

A taxi took us to our over-priced hotel Cowie’s in Walton Street. We don’t know what that place is trying to be but it’s not getting enough right. And everyone who works there expects tips for nothing. We had 4 of us in a tiny lift plus our backpacks because 2 guys felt the need to help us to our room! Can’t complain about the location though. It’s about 10mins from Gateway of India and Taj Hotel....

January 3, 2011 · 2 min · karen

Day 85 & 86 – Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th December – Goa

I can’t be bothered to go into the fiasco at Margao Residency. All-in-all we got there at 8am and didn’t get our room until 10am so were pretty pissed off knackered peeps by then. 2hrs probably doesn’t sound that bad but try 2hrs when you have been in a sleeper bus for 10hrs followed by a cafe for 3hours and you’re feeling icky. Finally found that beaches do exist in Goa :) Got the sardine bus to Benaulim town, walked the 15 mins to the beach, found a beach bar called Rogers and drank beer for 2 hours looking at the sand & sea and the package-holiday beach whales lying on their sunloungers snapping their fingers at waiters to bring them more beers....

January 3, 2011 · 2 min · karen

Night 84/Morning 85 – Hampi to Goa

…30 mins after leaving Hospet, we stopped at a service station. All traipsed off to the loo shack where of course only 1 out of the 3 loos was unlocked. I was next in the queue and there was a powercut. Everywhere went pitch black. I didn’t quite think I could bring myself to pee in the dark when you can’t see where you’re putting your feet so trotted back too get the torch (little did I know…see later that night)....

January 3, 2011 · 2 min · karen

Day 83 & 84 – Sunday 5th & Monday 6th December – Hampi

Left Goa at 7.30am and arrived Hospet at 3ish. Somehow it is easy for us now to sit on a train for over 7hrs. We were in Sleeper class for the first time and we prefer it to 3A/C. Can’t say what it would be like overnight but during the day it was nice to be able to see the outside world passing by. There are windows and shutters but both can be opened as you like to let in air....

January 3, 2011 · 5 min · karen

Day 82 – Saturday 4th December – Margao, Goa

Finally escaped the hospital at 11:00, Matt armed with prescription for more drugs we headed for trusted Margao Residency, our bland business Goa hotel. Matt didn’t know what to do. Fresh air. No nurses. No stuff being pumped into his arm. Weird concept. He is much better which is good as we don’t want to go back to hospital any time soon – even if it was cheaper than the hotel and had larger rooms....

January 3, 2011 · 1 min · karen

Day 81 – Friday 3rd December – Margao

Still in hospital but this is definitely the last night and we’re out of here tomorrow morning. Free! Matt is feeling much better & is ecstatic at the thought of leaving. He’s had enough of goop being pumped into his arm and lying down for hours watching TV. Another trip to the market for veggies and heard Mary’s Boy Child blasting out of someone’s ghetto blaster. Hearing xmas carols makes me a little homesick....

January 3, 2011 · 3 min · karen

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 everyone. Hope you all had a lovely christmas and NYE. We spent all day recovering yesterday after one too many cocktails. Will update more blog when we get back to wifi land.

January 2, 2011 · 1 min · karen

Happy Christmas!

December 25, 2010 · 0 min · karen

Day 79 & 80 – Wednesday 1st to Thursday 2nd December – Margao, Goa

We have spent most of December so far in hospital. Matt completely lost his appetite and by the time we arrived in Goa he was feeling sick and everything else all over again. We checked into Margao Residency (with hot water!) and both slept for a few hours (neither of us had much sleep on the train). By 5pm he was in such a state I made him see a doctor....

December 22, 2010 · 4 min · karen

Day 78 – Tuesday 30th November – Fort Kochin

Today was a weird one. Stayed in Fort Kochin most of the day as our train to Goa wasn’t until 22:30. Braved the post office again to send a couple of parcels. Managed to get it all sewn up neatly and posted in less than 2hrs so not too bad. Spent a lot of time chilling in Teapot. I am hooked on black tea and Jasmine tea now. Never thought we’d be drinking tea without milk but it tastes good....

December 22, 2010 · 2 min · karen