If heavy rain, mosquitoes and rubbish-lined streets are your thing, then head to Goa during monsoon season. For those of you who haven’t been to Goa, its quite similar to Koh Samui (Thailand) but exchange the drunken Aussies in fluoro board shorts for subdued Indian tourists who wear jeans and T-shirts whilst swimming in the beach.
Its here in Goa that we met up with my long time high school friends Alice and Himani who’d been in India for less than a week. It was great to catch up with them after spending 24/7 with only each other for the past month.
We stayed in Baga in a place called Little India Beach Cottages, really cute place very close to the beach. Unfortunately this also meant that there were HEAPS of mozzies, I think on last count myself alone had about 30 bites and counting! Our first night was spent eating at an outdoor restaurant where we had bugs fly into our drinks or crawl out of condiment containers and a super spice fish curry which left all our bowels hating us the next morning. Thankfully being a group of 2 nurses and 2 physios in a country where anything can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy, we knew just the right mix of antibiotics to get for about a 1/10th of the price in Australia.
Unfortunately for Jason, his bowels didn’t really recover from the fish curry which subsequently resulted in us having to take him to the local hospital at night. Now don’t worry, its not as bad as it sounds, I was just being super paranoid after self-diagnosing him with Malaria based on what Dr. Google told me. The hospital experience was interesting to say the least. Alice and Himani in particular, being nurses, were fascinated by everything (they even went around the wards taking photos whilst we were in with the doctor). The hospital was a dilapidated 3 storey building manned by 3 nurses and a doctor. There was no triage, you simply needed to push your way to the ‘Trauma & Emergency’ room which was a 3mx3m cubicle covered by a small green curtain. After about 20 mins of waiting, we saw the Doctor for what was less than 2 minutes, he gave Jason a new set of antibiotics and charged us $10 all up. Not the best check-up I’ve ever experienced, but certainly not the worst!
So most of our 4 days in Goa was spent either sleeping, eating, shopping or watching the World Cup. The terrential rain did put a dampener on things. Lesson has been well learnt! Never travel in monsoon season! Next stop is Kerala, where the next installment of our monsoon madness continues!
Till next time
Ann & Jason xo