After our 2 days on and 1 day off strategy of hanging out at the beach for 3+ hours over the past couple of weeks, today, a day off to sleep in (7:30 am), drink 3 cups of Nescafe with a touch of sugar, have our breakfast consisting of Alpha Oats Mix, no sugar added with added sliced bananas, yogurt (if not liquidy and runny), local very well washed oranges and Topicana fruit juice, it is our day to get our teeth scaled and cleaned at the local dentist. There is a booming dentist industry here. The Docs are well-educated and certified and the cost is 1,000 rupees, $20.00 CAD, probably $160.00-$200.00 at home. 😬
We now have nice shiny white teeth and our plan for later in the day was to take a cab to the Saturday Night Market in Apora, Goa, about 6 clicks from our place. A must see market/bazaar in Northern Goa. The other “must see” market is Anjuna Beach Market held Wednesday afternoons. We went to the Anjuna Market back in 2006??. It was great, I bought a hippie shirt that didn’t fit, we had a beer listening to some music and headed back to our place in the south so why the “what to do?
After a very relaxing day, blinding the on coming pedestrian traffic with our shimmering teeth we debated about going to the market. All of India has so far essentially been a market in our travels to date. You can put together a tourist oriented market (both Anjuna and Apora) and market it to the tourists. It is great fun but we were feeling a little hesitant in going because it would probably be the same, no, would be the same.
It’s interesting when you are travelling. You think you have to see everything and it is impossible to do and yet you feel “travellers guilt” if you think you missed something important so we did what was important to us. We talked and chatted like we always do and made up a story to tell our taxi driver why we couldn’t make it to the market. Joyce has Delhi Belly! but as it turns out, he forgot about us so I went for beers and ordered take away to bring back while Joyce chilled out watching the 759+ channels on offer.
We have our next 7 days booked in Mumbai and Delhi once we leave here on the 3rd. 3 nights Mumbai and 4 nights Delhi and then we have a major planning job to do to cover the north of India within the next 6-8 weeks. It is very challenging to find accommodation and transportation options. Travelling is relaxing but can also be very stressful if your itinerary isn’t planned out for you. Thus is winging it and we are definitely not complaining….
” A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving”. Leu Tzu
“The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see” Gilbert Chesterman
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”. Saint Augustine
So we’re going to celebrate New Years here in Candolim Beach, Goa. We’re not sure what we’ll do but we are looking forward to heading to the north of India to explore and boldly go where thousands have gone before and hope to have some lively blog posts and pics coming soon.
Happy New Year to everyone! We are so appreciative of you visiting our site.
Grant and Joyce