There is nothing like getting back your clothes clean, all washed and ironed. One of the good things about travelling in India is that even if it feels like an extravagance it’s dirt cheap. We are now staying at a beach side hotel, Longuinhos, with a room overlooking the sea and a lovely pool for very little money. And as a bonus breakfast is included! It’s been lovely to go for a dip in the pool and cool down each day as it’s not always safe to swim in the sea during the Monsoon.
We’ve made our way to Colva, a beach in South Goa, which is much busier than the previous two beaches up north. One of the things I’ve noticed here and generally in India which you don’t always see travelling other developing countries is the locals love to enjoy the sights, including the beaches, as much as we do. I think that’s a very healthy sign and that in the case of India, that it is an emerging nation - as for more and more people there is extra money to spend on luxuries.
Spending so much time by the sea we’ve tried some fish dishes mostly using a fish called Kingfish. Neither of us know what one actually looks like whole but it must be pretty big based on the size of the steak we had the other night at the Portuguese restaurant called Viva Panjim in Panaji.
We were both hankering after something that wasn’t spicy so we had the equivalent of fish and chips. It was a steak of Kingfish covered in semolina and fried, very lovely. The only down side to the experience was the waiter brought us out a random plate of fried ‘Bhindi’ (Okra), which neither of us ordered. We refused to accept them and the waiter refused to serve us like a petulant child for the rest of the evening. Luckily one of his colleagues jumped in and was very helpful. He recommended for desert a speciality cake (bebinca) made up of 29 layers, we counted them like saddos. It was ginger based and very delicious.