29.12.2009 - 29.12.2009 28 °C
We're in Goa, staying at Palolem beach. If an "authentic" Indian experience is what you're looking for, this is not the place to come, granted it is peak season and Goa is Indian- and foreign tourist mecca.
Of Palolem Beach, I think there are too many people. There are too many bars and too many restaurants. There are too many package holidays. There are too many tourist shops (even though I love the stuff) and I get annoyed when the response to "how much is this?" is, "How much you want to pay?" So, perhaps somewhat stubbornly (but I do not care), I give an answer just as ridiculous and annoying as theirs and say Rs 50 to everything. (For the uninformed at home, this equates to a wee bit over R8.)
On the brighter side (I seemed to have slipped into a grumpy mood after an email I sent and after hearing that my dear fridge was switched off and my poor sister had to deal with 9 day old rotting fish. [I do not care about the neighbours- they throw lit cigarettes on my car]), the water is warm and the sea has that mesmerising tropical-beach-rhythm. There are many palm trees (in between the tourists), and somewhere to the north is a market that I will visit after New Year.
While these photos are completely honest and what you see is what I saw, I'll be the first to admit that if this is the only impression you ever get of this part of Goa in peak season, then it is flawed...Granted it is beautiful, but perhaps I just prefer less exploited beauty.
Okay, this is taking ages- the computer has absorbed my mood...I'll publish this and add photos later when life is less temperamental
...I'm back and Palolem's internet is up and strolling. I'm also in a slightly lighter mood despite deciding that shopping here is a complete nightmare and rip-off. I still haven't budged from my Rs 50 for everything except for the blow-up tube I bought for the sea. I vow to buy nothing else until someone is mildly honest about their prices. The internet's stroll is preventing me from uploading pics at any pace other than snail. I'll post what I can.