Goa is beautiful and ugly at the same time. I think I have a love hate relationship ... The natural beauty of the place is amazing. The Arabian Sea all along the coast, amazing lush greenery mixed with beaches, hills, valleys, it is gorgeous. However, it is like the Mexico of the British. Although the beaches are amazing, they are filled with old, overweight, leathery british people in speedos and inappropriate bikinis. Everything is way more expensive here because they are catering to tourists. You cannot get good Indian food, but you also can't get good western food.
My favorite part of Goa was getting an ayervedic massage from a lady in her house near the beach, swimming in the waves, and relaxing on a lounge chair in the sun. Once you left the beach it was the worst experience of India. THe worst hotel, and a sightseeing tour that consisted of a bus with no shocks dropping us off at 2 temples, explaining what they were in Hindi (no english) and then driving for 4 hours. Oh and capped off with a "boat cruise" which was a 1 hour dance party on a boat which my mom swears blew her eardrums. I really think in their rush to capatilize on tourism they have ruined the area ... it's too bad.
On another note, indians need to learn about economic diversity. In every city, you can buy the specific things that you can't get anywhere else. THere are always about 500 people selling the same things so no one really makes any money. However, if you go 2 km away, you can't find that thing anywhere. Really, if they just mixed around a bit, it would make a lot more sense ...
Anyways. We are back in Chembur. Now that I amover culture shock I really like it here. It is relaxed, vibrant, and so cheap!! We are doing some last minute shopping and hanging out wiht the family. We are leaving at 2:00 in the morning (tonight) to head home. I have about 40 hours of travel ahead of me. I am not looking forward to that. I am however looking forward to seeing T and to sleeping in my own bed!!