RTW Trip Goa, India Day 75: Arriving in Goa
I have been on my fair share of overnight buses, experiencing 18 hour bus rides, leaking buses drenching monks in their robes, and barfing neighbors having their upchuck spill all over my luggage. Believe it not, the overnight bus to Goa was actually pretty pleasant. We were actually able to completely lie down, and sort of get some sleep, despite the bumpy ride. To get to Goa by bus, you can take an overnight bus to Manpusa and then catch a taxi to the specific region of Goa you are going to.
We arrived pretty darn early in the morning to Manpusa, and got a taxi ride to out hotel close to little Vagator Beach.
To this day, Bean Me Up Hotel is by far one of my favorite places to stay, strictly because their breakfast is so awesome. Okay, okay, I am not one of those yoga loving, elephant pant wearing, quasi hippies that goes to India for a spiritual journey. I am just a traveler that likes good food and enjoys traveling and seeing new places. I must admit, the name of this hotel freaked me out, as I thought I would be the only meat eater, and would be chastised for eating meat. Greg wasn’t too keen on staying here because he thought it would be too granola for him. We both ended up really liking this place. It is walkable (a bit far but still doable) to Little Vagator Beach, they can call taxis and motorbike rentals for you, and the staff are super friendly. Sean, the owner is laid back, and the Nepalese workers are efficient and kind. The rooms are rather basic, and they have the hardest toilet paper I have ever seen (it looked like thin manila paper), but it includes the most amazing breakfast ever. Since we arrived so early on the first day, our first breakfast at Bean Me Up was not free, but do keep in mind that every night you stay there, you get free breakfast included! Yay for everyone!
Greg had pancakes with soysages, and I had chia seeds with fruit and raw chocolate….in India! I was absolutely amazed! It is the only place in India I have seen chia seeds, and they really knew how to prepare them!
We walked down to Little Vagator, and set up shop at one of the many restaurants lounge chairs. Little Vagator is a quiet little beach, with a few rocks, a few cows, a few vendors selling fruit and jewelry, and several restaurants with beach loungers. We ended up parking it at a place called Fishtail that had really good food at decent prices.
I have never been to Nepal, but if you are craving something other than Indian food, I highly suggest going to Yangkor Moonlight Restaurant for some mean momos and their delicious Nepalese thali. The restaurant itself has painted green walls and a bit of a Chinese vibe. Their Italian pasta was decent for India as well. We ended up coming here a several times.
Bean Me Up Hotel 990 rupees
Taxi from Manpusa to Vagator 300 rupees
Breakfast at Bean Me Up 500 rupees
Water 20 rupees
Papaya 80 rupees
Aloo ghobi, naan, Kingfisher beer, fries at Fishtail 700 rupees
Veg momos, veg thukpa thali, Kingfisher beer 400 rupees
Total cost: 2990 rupees / 2 = $24.04 per person
What I learned: Even though Goa is a beach town luring tons of foreigners each year, foreign women may feel vulnerable in their swimsuit at certain beaches. When going in the water alone, veer towards other women or other tourists. Indians are used to seeing women completely covered up. We did see an incidence of some drunk Indian boys grabbing foreign women in their swimsuits. Only a few men may make you feel vulnerable in your swimsuit, so it is best to stay alert.
Actual date of travel: Nov. 17, 2014