06.11.2015 - 08.11.2015 31 °C
We headed further South to the capital of the state of Goa, Panjim.
It is an interesting city because it was once inhabited by Portugese who left their mark in the styling of the architecture. The buildings are old now, crumbling in part with some still maintained and painted bright colours. They are mostly apartments with large verandahs across the front of the facade.
The city itself is pretty low key and most of the activities revolve around eating and drinking. There are lots of Vegetarian places to eat at and cafes that sell beer and play music. We visited a bar that was exactly like walking into an English inn. The music choice was even something that you would hear in England. The beer was served at taps that were attached to each table and kept a running tab as you poured you own beer. The atmosphere was pretty cool here. We had not really encountered any bars during our time in India (most alcohol is served in resturants) and this was the closest thing to a good bar.
About 3km out of the city there is a beach which is very peaceful and virtually empty until sunset when the Indian families flock to the water to spend their evening. The sun sets over the water here so later afternoon in Goa is magical for swimming and watching the giant orange sun disappear beyond the watery horizon.
We also visited another bar around the corner from our hotel that was very different. It is basically a tiny little hole in the wall that has two chairs inside and two small tables outside on the street. The publican sits out on the road opposite the bar smiling and waiting for your next order. It was very intimate but cool, like drinking in the street just watching life pass by.
After two nights in Panjim, we decided to head back North to Anjuna where we were under the impression the Diwali festivities would be in full swing.