goa 2015: D29 – redi beach party , ‘flow 2 go’ / ‘go with the flow’ disgusting hygiene practices , anjuna

was a particularly windy day on the beach today , and it started ripping sheets off the roof at hippies on anjuna beach .

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a party is planned at one of my favourite adventure day trips out , redi beach in maharashtra . had some epic trips to this beach in the next state [search redi in box on right side of page for tons of info on previous visits] . they have had legendary parties here in years gone by in the old fort ! on watching the video its reminds me of how much better goan music was 25 years ago instead of the shite 145bpm psy trance they play now .

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for dinner i chose takeaway lasagne from flow 2 go , been 3 or 4 times its always closed . its owned by go with the flow in baga and is their pasta takeaway joint in their old location in anjuna . it closes at 7pm weirdly , just in time with leaving the beach and wanting food . yes , very bizarre . tonight they where open however and they have 1 dish 3 ways – beef veggie or chicken lasagne . the meals are pre cooked and frozen , and the guy cant work the oven so he gives is to you half recooked !!! bloody disgusting hygiene – makes you wonder what goes on behind the scenes in go with the flow in baga really doesnt it ??? i mean the guy has 1 appliance to work , the oven . and he cant do that . took it back said its still frozen in the middle and he said i will heat it more . took it a second time and had to go back again – still frozen WTF . this guy is an idiot . i told him put it in and let it cook thoroughly before you poison someone with half cooked reheated frozen chicken . brought it out a final time and at last it was hot , as he went to put the lid on it had a dead moth on it , so he flicked it off the lid and went to put it on top of my pasta . i snatched it off him , told him he was taking the piss and took it uncovered to eat . be warned , ensure this moron really heats your food before consuming it . go with the flow shame on you if this is your standards and how you serve your food complete with moth guts .
i must point out too , in all of this not one apology was offfered , infact the opposite he started laughing ! and the only thing he said in his defecnce was ” if he cooked it properly i might have to wait” !! i said i will wait as long as it was necessary to make it edible .

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heres some anjuna village snaps while i was waiting for the chimp to work and oven , note the old celtic bar [not open now]

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goa 2015: D28 – dolphins anjuna , little vagator beach , bean me up vegetarian food

breakfast on anjuna beach watchng the dolphins

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spent the day on little vagator / ozran beach

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here are a few of the beach front restaurants [one/thalassa/chronicle/waters] – tons of posts on my blog for these places incl menu and food [search in box on right using keyword ie thalassa]

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later did some food at bean me up , along with blue planet in agonda these guys serve the best organic vegetarian food in goa ! and the salsa is really impressive [tomato onion pepper corriander lime etc] . you can find them in vagator , and also at the “saturday night bazaar” night market in arpora .

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goa 2015: D27 – holi day festival of colours celebration 2015 party on !!!

today is one thing – HOLI DAYYYYYYYY ! it goes completely nuts as everyone celebrates this day by colouring each other from head to toe in powdered paint . shops and kids on the street will sell you bags of this powder in any colour … as long as it is shocktastic ! wear old clothes is all i will say hahaha ! someone even painted a cow down chapora village [bit much that IMO but it was still a bizarre thing to see] . this happens each year around march .

from 9am in the morning music blasts out from street partys , and anjuna [and most other places] become one big party . the streets come alive by day , even the beach .. everyone gets painted , and at night it happens in the clubs too . its fantastic fun . when you could not get any more coloured and end up looking a murky purple colour , around the next corner you might get sabotaged by a gang of kids with buckets of water and water pistols , or you jump in the sea [which itself at times might be orange etc!] … and it starts all over again in a new colour haha . of course you always get one lemon who paints themselves and it just looks fake , and that doesnt count at all – people paint each other not themselves . embrace it or stay at home on your balcony that day and be miserable hahaaa !!

i will say no more … let the good times roll !

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here are 2 videos to the day – you get the idea #onebigparty

here is holi day 2014 in goa on my blog – on the beaches , in the clubs … non stop !

http://www.tharobster.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/goa-0414-d3-holi-day-festival-of-colours-hill-top-club-crazy-crabs

PARTY ON !!!!!!!! ;-)

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goa 2015: D26 – arambol beach, flea market & sunset drummers shimon falafel

went to arambol beach today , one of our favs for sure . still think its the most entertaining beach in goa . we didnt do the sweet lake , mudbaths , paragliding or banyan tree or anything today , but instead hung out further south down the beach at cabo wabo near jamaica new world . last time i was at a cabo wabo it was in cabo san lucas in mexico on the baha peninsula !  [use my search box for arambol on the right column that shows past entries] . hilarious goan lounger !

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nearby is the kitesurf school

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at sunset the beach comes alive ! a mini impromptu flea market gets going , and the brilliant always different sunset drummers kick off . seemed extra cool tonite with the full moon being out

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after here we got some falafel at shimon on the main beach road that runs down hill towards the far north end of the beach [near sweet lake end] . they do a few things extremely well – falafel , cofee , and milkshakes . if you ask for it to be made with ice cream these bad boys rock !! i went for strawberry but they also do an amazing oreo one , and a few others too .

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then it was shopping at al lthe shops along arambol main road . they are market stalls that run till late . we always find the cheapest rates in goa here .

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we love arambol , its so bohemian , far removed from the package holiday crowds and glossy brochures . nice ;-)

HERES A VIDEO OF ARAMBOL , ENJOY THOSE DRUMMERS !!

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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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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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