The Sleeper Bus
To get from Goa to Hampi, Karnataka, we took an overnight sleeper bus that left Panjim around 9:00pm and arrived in Hampi around 8:00am. We had no idea what to expect from the overnight bus, so what we got was quite a unique experience.
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India has a pee problem. And a saliva problem. And a trash problem.
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Panjim’s Temples, a car blessing, and the swastika
Panjim has a few very beautiful temples. The Hanuman temple, a gorgeously vibrant orange building, was a 10-minute walk from our hotel, so we wandered up there one morning.
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Panjim: Goa’s capital city
Our first (and lasting) impression of Panjim was that we loved it. We have deemed it our favorite place so far on the trip, even despite me being laid up for an entire day.
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Actually it was more of a shart. And I was wearing my bathing suit, not pants. But you get the idea.
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The Goan beaches are popular hotspots for yoga and ayurvedic medicine. I figured while I was in Palolem, I should get an ayurvedic massage, which I read you could find for about $8. So, I followed the signs for an “ayurvedic massage spa” and found a hut near the beach. Outside the hut, I met one of the female masseuses, an Indian woman in her 50s. I told her a wanted a full body massage and asked about prices. She told me in a whisper that she would give me a discount and showed me a menu of services. While I was looking it over, she whispered again something about price and discount, but then said her boss was coming and she quickly scooted back into the hut.
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Goa: A place to do nothing
We arrived in Goa on Jan. 14th after a one-hour flight from Mumbai. We could have taken a train for half the price, but it would have taken 9 hours. We opted for the “time is money” approach and flew here instead.
A lot of people refer to Goa like it is a city, but in fact it is a very, very small state. India’s smallest. In Goa, we have been staying in Palolem Beach, which is in south Goa.
First impressions of Palolem were: cute, small, hippie, touristy, relaxing.
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