goa dec13-jan14 : day 19 – nirvana hermitage , teso sunset , bike selling and bad driving

must say the nirvana hermitage is a great place , its just sooooo quiet here . hidden away past past banyan soul right up on the top of a hill . its crow free [almost] , and noise free . nobody comes up here , and being at the top of a hill you get total tranquility , quite rare round here . there is possibly the best pool in anjuna [along with laguna] , however like most places the pool is freezing !

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your surrounded by trees , great views , the usual wildlife …. and dodgy electrics round the pool πŸ˜‰

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listen to how quiet this is – go 1080 HD

they have some of the cheapest food and drink prices around ,

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and the food is really good too … chicken 65 , chilli fry sweet corn , vege manchurian , all lovely .

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for sunset we went to teso , one of our favourite “go to’s” where we had sunset drinks . been here a few times this year , and last . along with chapora fort this has to be my fav sunset place i think . this is why :

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sellers on bikes – they will sell anything on bikes out here , all you need is a bike [of course ] and a horn or bell then get selling ! throws , cushions, buckets and bowls , bread , flowers , fish , ice cream the lot . if you havent got a bike get a cart .as funny as ‘do you want to see my shop’ … then pulling out a small plastic tray/box with 50 x 50p bracelets in lol . shops , same same – just different .

going nowhere fast literally : some people drive like lunatics , on holiday with generally no jobs or meetings to attend either makes it all so unnecessary . for example i saw a Russian on back roads overtake a bike who was overtaking someone already on a blind bend at easily 50mph . absurd . Indians drive appallingly but that took the trophy of twat of the week and the sooner he dies the world will be a safer place god knows what would happen if he met an oncoming or a cow . I’ve never seen such poor driving ever by locals and it filters to tourists who start doing it . indicators never used , turn anywhere , stop anywhere. pull out at any moment , unlit , unsafe , uncalled for . flying past beeping and tailgating blind bends like they where being chased by cops without 1 second to waste ….. then overtake to pull in and stop a few houses further on – going nowhere fast literally . goans are chilled patient people in general , everything runs slow to ‘goan time’ …. but put them behind a motorised machine they become loons . every day I see the most ridiculous things ever …. 5 on a bike , man on bike carrying a bike , man on bike with 20ft drain pipes , man on bike with pig , truck with bamboo poles sticking 10ft out of back like unmarked invisible spears at head height wtf , public bus circa 1965 with no lights , truck with hundreds of chairs piled 50 high with someone sitting on top throwing chairs at bikes behind – that caused a war and nearly killed someone . seen the lot . thats not even mentioning the crashes ive seen , cars in trees , cars in ditches being pulled by cranes , trucks upaide down in ditches , bike crashes . do not ever take your eyes off the road even for 2 seconds .

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