HOME SWEET HOME GOA
This is an expatriate’s dreamland. I have room that cost 2 dollars US per day. I can eat cheese omelets for 50 cents US. That adds up to less the 5 dollars a day to live. Now any kind of drinking and entertainment is extra, but this is great place to start any adventure. Start out cheap and work into the expensive places. And on a side note, the seasons India travelers tell me that Goa is the most expensive in India. Whoopee. On the run, or on the cheap.
The routine of life has begun, and I can walk the beach in the morning, and watch the sunset. Life is simple. This is how I like to live. A pair of short, a couple of dollars worth of the local currency in my pocket and a lot of people doing nothing but have conversations. I suppose this also include drinking beer or the local moonshine. There is something called “Fenny” I believe that is the local brew. This is common in countries.
I have heard that in the Scandinavian countries they are making their own beer also because of the expense.
Today I will venture out to the local proper village or city that has a Bank Machine to use to withdraw money. I need to buy normal supplies, like toilet paper, shampoo, etc. But the special and urgent problem is to buy a light bulb. I am hoping I can find a normal screw in bulb for my clip on light. They sell locally this double-poled slotted type that does not work in my system.
I want to read at night, and with my eyes getting worse the better the light, the more comfortable it is to read my books. There is an ample supply of English books, and lot better then continental Europe.
My present home is nestled in very tall and thin trunk coconut trees. It is always in the shade and cool. The distance from the ocean is far enough to barely hear the waves, but not to cause grief for talking or enjoyment of life. I can walk down a path an in 2 minutes be on the beach. So I live outside most of the beach tourist, but can visit in minutes. This is perfect.
The shower is a bucket system. You take a small bucket and dump over your head. This works pretty well, and is refreshing. Cold water is standard and I have not seen any rooms that have hot water. But it is not needed.
The walk to the beach is special. I get to walk by normal people cooking large pots of water for some reason I will need to learn. A few pigs nosing around, and various children that stop to say hello and shake my hand.
“Where are you from?”
The local girls are walking around with things on their heads. They say hello, but never stop or ask questions. I am being very cautious to try to learn the local or India customs. But more important I must learn what is taboo, or the things that would make them angry.
The beach is a series of huts made of woven palm leaves and trees limbs. About 60 percent are on legs and about 8 feet off the ground. Although this sounds romantic and beautiful, The Indian version of this is very easy to rob. This is almost the same as Thailand and other tropical places, but it is always better to have wood sided huts for security.
LOCKS: I am very happy to learn that most rooms so far are the hasp type, and I can use my own lock. This makes it impossible for the owner to enter my room. This allows me to relax knowing that my room is difficult to enter. I am in a concrete room.
I recommend any traveler carry 2 lock minimum. A long bicycle one will make life easier. Do not buy the local ones if possible. If you do buy a more expensive one, it is often the case that there are only 10 combinations of keys. So every 10th person has or shares the same key to the cheap lock. I never use combination locks because it is always dark at night and cannot see the number.