goa 2015: D25 – anjuna beach and flea market, ivy club & limelight baga

wednesday in north goa is dominated by the famous flea market. cheap prices and huge selection fo stuff to buy eat and drink . [search market in the right hand column box for stacks more previous visits pics and videos] . its right next to the beach so when it gets too hot go fora swim ! no shorts ? spend £2 buy a pair lol ;-)

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and when the market starts to wrap up , the bands have already started . grab some drinks , watch the sunset , order some food if you havent stuffed yourself with amazing streetfood from the market all day ! its a cracking day out .

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anjuna market … next to the beach – VIDEO

night fell and that evening we wanted to watch a football match , it was only on skysports HD not normal skysports . few places have the HD subscription , most places have just normal skyposrts . the only place we found after trying about 20 places was limelight bar down titos road . so before that we went to ivy club opposite in tito’s lane . lovely small retro 80’s ish club , decent house / dance playing earlier on but by the time we left it was busy , and playing charty dance , EDM and cheese overload haha . everyone else seemed to love it tho …

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we left to go see the footy match !

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video of ivy club , titos lane , baga

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goa 2015: D24 – keri / querim beach, temples & elephants! waters club

spent a gorgeous day on unspoilt keri beach at the far end of north goa just before you hit the state line . it keeps getting just a bit busier each year , but this year with it being late in the season [3rd march] and with the russian crisis it was possibly a little quieter . either way you can always find your little bit of space free of the grotty wooden goan sweatloungers urghhh ;-)

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outside one of the [fortunately] few shacks , a dog managed to dig under a plant pot with such determination it eventually toppled over on its back , and the dog legged it off thinking the plant was attacking it !! however 5 mins later the dog tentatively returned feeling proud of its achievement and gave its hard work a once over [see video]

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for the second day on the run after that day of rain cleared things we had another immaculate sunset [see video] . after the sunset took a few pics of the temple with the 10-12ft high elephant , and 20ft high almost ‘easter island’ style heads . the heads must be 20ft tall they tower over the elephants . ive other pictures and video in previous entries on this blog [use search box on right]

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HERE IS A VIDEO OF SUNSET / DOG / KERI BEACH SCENES

had some curries in anjuna at dum biryani [search blog for name which will give you menu and previous pics & visits ] – video

then hit waters club / lounge in little vagator for some late night action . leaving at stupid o’clock i cant remember too much after here ;) there is an inside part to the space too where the party is shifted indoors after about midnight and the djs relocate . ive other pictures and video in previous entries on this blog [use search box on right]

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this is what waters sounds like , excellent underground house/deep/tech . no commercial stuff and never goes edm style cheese either .

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goa 2015: D23 – amazing sunset, lazy dog mandrem, wok n roll sinquerim pan asian rest

after yesterdays rains , its really cleared the muggy feel and haze of recent days . it was blistering hot blue skies today , so clear .

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we spent the day in mandrem at lazy dog / beach street . they serve asian food .

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and when the sunset came it was to die for – maybe the rain should come more often ;-)

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found the mayem lake ticket in our bag [see previous entry on blog]

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continuing the asian theme today , we went to wok n roll in sinquerim which is one of our regular favourites , top 5 infact . got to say we where really disappointed by todays food quality service and drinks. the waiters where really unsure of the menu and could not communicate , they spoke little english at all [they arent indian boys?] , and the food and drinks where not up to much at all . meat was tough , drinks weak [glorified slush puppie not a daquiri] . plus one of the favourite quirks we used to enjoy where the complimentary appetizers [veg nuts spinach etc tray] and they no longer serve them . very underwhelmed , and we often spend £40 to £50 a meal here with drinks so it aint exactly a cheap nite out by goan standards ! there are so mnay good goan restaurants to try i can honestly say we wont be back . i mean i can have a better meal for 1000R in goa , or less !! ive since read a few other comments about similar decline .

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heres a video of how it looked on mandrem beach

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goa 2015: D22 – rain in goa in march ?! strange . oltre marino little vagator

strange one , its early march right in the main dry season , and monsoons not for 3 months , but we had heavy rain today !
was in mapusa when it started , by the time we got home we where drowned on that bike haha , good fun tho .
watched movies , ate food , played games , ate food …. !
heres some lovely fresh food on this slow day

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goa 2015: D21 – mayem lake day trip, anjuna street food, night market, arvalem caves, temple & waterfall

decided to do a few trips today , lake , cave , waterfall , market . first we went for breakfast [well tea and lassi , day 5 of my ‘special’ diet] in anjuna . before setting off on our adventure i decided to visit an indian doctor in anjuna , a few lots of medicines jabbed in my arse plus 4 lots of pills twice a day for a few days and some rehydration salts . he says in 5 hours it will have stopped . a grand total of 917 Rps [£9/$13usd] for all the meds and the consultation . who needs the overpriced NHS ? i guess i overpaid tourist price for that but im more than happy and at least i will be able to actually have some food … and booze soon ;-) im sure it had pure adrenalin in it cos i really got an instant energy boost from it , lets roll feelin good !

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on the way you pass some ace scenery

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so started with mayem lake where you can do some basic boating in circa 1970 old boats ! when you get to the lake you decide which craft you want to take out and the duration , pay the charge from the booking office at the gate , get a ticket and proceed onto the jetty where you are shown to your craft for however long you paid for . its a beautiful lake with tons of different birds and a whole load of peace . on one side are several houses and a small hotel . otherwise its unspoilt . a great fun day for sure . if you are a birdwatcher youll love it here . kingfishers diving in the lake [see video]

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upon leaving the lake there is a guy who looks like chris kamara complete with 80s style almost jeri curl hair look , and that muzzy . 20Rps gets you a glass of goodness freshly squeezed . yum .

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we then crossed the bridge and went to the far side of the lake where we chilled for a bit and flew the drone .

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heres a video of the lake boats and birds

we left here , and about 15 miles or so away is arvalem caves . been here before but its a cool place to revisit , its a pandavas cave complex from about the 7th century . you can go inside and climb on top of it to to see the valley behind and water channels [?] on the roof . a solitary bat lives in one cave . outside are cashew trees . i put tons of pics on last time if you search my blog for arvalem in search box it will show them .

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literally just along the road from the cave is arvalem waterfall and temple complex , again featured this before on here and how to get there so search my blog using box on right of page . saw the same human looking dog that i did last time .

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they have done some work in it since last time , have finished the temple major building work pretty much , and are building a new house alongside the dam . TIP before you go to the temple however take the large set of steps up to the waterfall that are on the left before you enter temple main gates , and see the temple last . however if you cant manage the 100 or so steps just head round the back of the temple , you can still see the waterfall

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never knew but discovered this time you can walk further round and cross a botched together metal bridge and walk over the other side of the creek to a small complex that had a blaring sound system and lots of chairs and a marquee that was set up for some sort of village event . in the river a group of lads stripped to the standard issue brown underpants and splashed in the river .

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when you walk back from the bridge you will be at the temple where you can take a seat with a drink and snack from the one solitary small shop before checking out the temple with the chariot and horses that used to be locked away hidden in previous years prior to restoring the temple .

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returned back from the bicholim area , via mapusa , and stopped at the mini anjuna roundabout / circle , by the new petrol station . if you ever wonder why in the evening till late at night there are lots of people here its cos of the street food stalls . indian food , fast food , corn and fruit sellers etc . there is noronohas which is known for 10R beef croquettes , and cutlets etc . or 30R corn with butter or the best chilli and lime mmm from the man with the hot coals . and the puri sellers food is just absolutely amazing , definitely the best of the bunch ! heres the stalls and menus plus the food , literally pennies ie 30Rps/30p/50cents ‘bel puri’ . if you arent up for a taste adventure noronhas even have french fries lol

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what an amazing day , and being saturday what better way to end it than the saturday night bazaar night market 7pm till 2am . superb food , music bars and clubs [djs or bands on various stages] , plus more shopping that anyone could ever need . the mrs got some henna tattoos from a really good artist doing intricate fine lines , and we ended up in the last few hours of the night in the open air clubs which where playing some great house music , while a bar on level one played really cool 80s dance and funk and some disco all night . we always think the market has some of the best music around , not the usual north goan trance ! if you search my blog for market there are tons of previous videos and pictures from the markets . everyone should check out the market , its a whole night out not just a shopping trip .

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left the market at about 2am and on the way back it started to rain riding home , about an hour later there was a big electrical storm in night which is most unusual for the end of february .

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goa 2015: D20 – impressive yoga man , immaculate sunset toucher , little vagator beach goa

spent a day locally in little vagator drinking water , lime sodas , and lassi , about the only thing i can digest really . still , it takes pounds off you this ‘special’ diet ! 4 days now … i think it actually gets easier the longer you go on this zero food thing . this is oltre marine , a classy boutique resort

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next to oltre marine they are building another new resort in one of the few pieces of cliff face left . an opportunist found it made a great yoga spot for the sunset .

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the daily light show commenced – a toucher tonight , absolutely immaculate , even a cheer rang out at the end of the show [you can hear on the video]

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later that night i treated myself to a french onion soup , just needed something in my belly . dum biryani made one up for me it was the only thing i could think to ‘eat’ kind of . mrs didnt care she was straight in for the veggie curry .

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heres how the day went if you want to see yoga man doing his impressive display , and what a perfect sunset in goa is , dont get too many ‘touchers’ , there is usually a distant cloud lingering on the horizon somewhere at the last second .

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goa 2015: D19 – riva beach resort pool party mandrem , sardar pav bhaji anjuna

i got a bit carried away last night thinking toilet incidents where over , ate solid food and realised during the night i was still seriously ill . back to square one and no food or booze again for a couple of days groannnn . delhi belly severity = 10 !

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still , no holding back and off to riva in mandrem who have an all day pool party with dj’s today . its a lovely resort with deluxe accommodation , stunning pool , and a large garden landscaped area with terrace you can stick the sound system on . it was 300 per person for admission . the resort is adjacent to the beach , only separated by a small creek with a rickety bamboo bridge to reach the shore . forgot the charge camera and ran out of power by them time everyone started getting there , got fairly busy too . food was decent here [tho i wasnt eating] , as where facilities and cabanas suspended over the creek .

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mrs robster got some pav bhaji later on at sardar anjuna opposite the family mart supermarket . she skipped the buns and cheese and ate the rest . was really clean and new here .

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heres a quick blip of video from riva

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goa 2015: D18 – anjuna day market , olive’s food , hendrix anjuna

on a ‘no food diet’ again , and no alcohol drink either . quite depressing really not being able to join in . still plenty to keep you occupied , like always knowing where your nearest toilet is haha . did anjuna market , mrs got her fav thing here , a dal .

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food is excellent here , great low cost street food . ‘olive’ puts on an excellent spread as usual . greek / turkish / med cusine . you get a huge plate of food from this place that is based in chapora .

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been 48 hours since the start of illness and no food , and not having been to the toilet for a few hours i was feeling hungry [and brave] , so went for food at ‘hendrix’ in anjuna . looks clean and well run . went for ribs and potatoes , nothing too spicy . they had some awkward 70s sounding cruise ship duo on that the table of several pensioners loved . it looks and feels like a rock bar outside and was expecting different music from the live bands they feature regularly , but when you get in it really isnt like that . its confusing . however its spotlessly clean and professional and the waiters are excellent . primarily its a grill menu .

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goa 2015: D17 – absolutely ruined arse , shore bar anjuna

after an eventful night being reacquainted with the hotel toilet , a chilled day near a clean toilet was absolutely needed . kept it local and did anjuna beach trying to make the most of a grim situation . when it hits , you just gotta strap yourself in and hold on , its a crazy ride !!!

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hung out at shore bar anjuna , cleanest on anjuna beach by far .

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hello sir something to buy from my shop ? no something to cool my arse please !!!

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plenty to drink but no food for me today lol . lemon soda with salt and sugar was flowing , also the lassi too where good .

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tried a few bits of plain veg a bit later . how bland and boring does the boiled veg picture look haha , looks like proper boiled granny veg . love shore bar tho , but under these circumstances it can be testing . shore bars theme this year is asian food . really good too . pad thai is decent so it was hard watching the mrs eat that and not being able to join in .

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here is the shore bar menu

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goa 2015: D16 – arse sizzler , yoga man little vagator , guru bar anjuna

wanted a chilled day today , didnt do too much after our epic road trip stopping at palolem , patnem , gokarna and murudeshwara . did breakfast at oasis anjuna , no wonder we rarely come here , id forgotten how rude the staff are ! wont be coming back for sure haha ! after breakfast made for oltre marino on little vagator cliffs . excellent clean quality place . after the beach we went for sunset cocktails on anjuna beach and spare of the moment food …. beach sun food drink repeat

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two for the ladies !

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after my sizzler [chicken pepper steak] , this would be the last food i ate for the next 48 hours . cringe seeing this picture , it was the start of a big adventure unbeknown to me . next stop was movie night at ‘sea queen’ bar on anjuna main road near starco junction , its an open air bar that has a new movie every night of the week . again rude waiters . dont know what it is about this street in anjuna but you can get some really strange people working here . defo need to brush up on their service and communication skills !

we ended the day in guru bar anjuna with some live music from ‘electric pulse’ who played rock classics . they had a guest drummer , while on the floor we had a brilliant 70’s headbanger dancer chick who really rocked on out .

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