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A Very Goan Christmas

Our journey to from Kerela to Goa, and how we spent Christmas!

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Happy Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a lovely day!

I thought I would just do a quick update before we leave Goa and head to Bangkok, so so you're all up to date, and have something to read while you're eating all of those leftovers, and finishing up the mince pies!

The day after I last wrote we decided to go on a trip to see an elephant camp, and hopefully get the opportunity to help wash them. He hired a driver and he took us over, collecting bananas on the way, which he explained we would be able to feed the elephants after their bath! We walked down a little dirt track which came out onto the edge of a wide river, where there were three elephants, one larger one, and two babies (that were still pretty massive!) just lolling in the water, having people scrub them all over. The keepers grabbed some coconut shells and thrust them into our hands and showed us how to clean the elephants and we got to work. The skin felt really l\thick and leathery, but was more flexible than I first imagined, and it felt really odd that this huge thing lying in the water was actually a real animal! Until it tried to get up that was!! That was when you really realised how massive they are, and how powerful. The elephants then wandered up the road and we fed them some bananas and took some pictures with them. I have been trying to update my pics for a while but the internet has been particularly slow, so I will try and sort them out in Bangkok. You can also have a look at James' flickr page though, which is http://www.flickr.com/photos/webjames

I think the following day it was time for John to leave and head back to the snow of the Uk, so we went out for brekkie and then said goodbye. It was also mine and Dan's two year anniversary, so we decided to treat ourselves, get dressed up and go out for a delicious meal. Dan had actually booked us into a beautiful restaurant, and the food was absolutely incredible. Dan had a ten course set menu and it was amazing, and we just general had a fantastic anniversary, definitely one to remember!

On the 21st we hopped on our last Indian train and went up to Goa. We had thought we would have to get a bus half way up, but luckily we managed to chat with the TC (the big-cheese on that particular train!!) and sort out a sneaky way of staying on. We arrived in Margoa at about 4am, jumped in a taxi to Palolem where, after much bleary-eyes bartering, we managed to not sleep on the beach, and get a couple of beach huts instead. They were pretty basic, but literally about 10ft from the beach, on little stilts which were really cute. Then the relaxation began. I don't feel like we've really done much apart from lie on the beach and eat for the entire week really, which has been pretty awesome. The night before Christmas Eve we watched 'Its a Wonderful Life' on a big open-air cinema screen which was great, and we attempted to go out on Christmas eve, but ended up drinking outside our huts and falling into bed just before santa flew across the Goan sky.

Christmas Day consisted of us getting up late and wandering down to a place for a big fry up, opening some little pressies that John had brought over for us from home (thank you Mummies!!!) and trying to pretend we felt christmassy, and then we wandered along the beach for a bit and did some shopping for each other. We had booked into a place for a 'Christmas dinner' so we headed down there and prepared ourselves for what was the weirdest Christmas dinner I've ever had. There was turkey covered in gravy (which had a distinct curry flavour) rice, chips, two roast potatoes (possibly the saddest looking potatoes in the world) and a salad all on one plate!! Not exactly like Mummy used to make, so I'm very jealous of all of you, having a proper dinner!!

Since then there has been more chilling, and not much else really. We are just about to leave for the airport, to fly t Calcutta, where we are staying for a day, and then heading across to Bangkok in time for New Year. I really can't wait to get to Thailand, and will be in touch when we get there.

Love to you all, speak soon.

And Have a wonderful start to 2010!!!

Abi xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by Abilucy 21:37 Archived in India Tagged train_travel

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Hi Abi
Happy New Year. Great to read about your travels. It seems you are having a ball. Time is flying by, nothing really exciting happening hear - just the usual really. Enjoyed Christmas with the boys and had a good New Year and birthday. Oliver and Felix are fantastic and get funnier and more interesting every time I see them. I went to the panto with Oliver yesterday - I entered into the spirit of it more than he with " He's behind you" etc. Rebecca said I should be in the panto next year. I cannot think what she means by that............
We are having lots of snow here which is great but it is really cold and we are not used to it. Andy handed in his notice with Thomas Int. at the beginning of Jan and is now doing some teaching with Northampton College ( part time) so is partly a kept man. Oh how I enjoy to be in control!!! Rachel moved out ( again) on Sun 3rd Jan. She has moved into a house in Park Road Kett which she likes so far. We are going to Whittlebury Hall for a weekend towards the end of Jan which will be nice. Very busy at work and it will remain that way until April at least. Lots of alterations and extensions to the building etc. on top of other work. Lots of deadlines to meet by end of March so pressure is now on. Well nowt else to share with you at the minute. Take lots of care and enjoy every minute. Lots of Love Auntie Claire xxxxxx
P.S. Nan says are you eating enough sandwiches?

by Auntie Claire

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