Back again. How can two and a half weeks possibly go so quickly?
Flew BA this time and wasn't looking forward to it, but I have to say I couldn't fault them and I wouldn't hesitate to fly with them again. There was just as much legroom as there is on Kingfisher flights, and the food was considerably better than it was on Kingfisher in November. My only complaint is nothing to do with BA, but with the brat that screamed all the way back yesterday until we started our descent into Heathrow, and then fell asleep. Parents must have been at their wits' end as well as all the passengers.
I've spent this holiday staying with friends, so not really done anything touristy at all, other than four days on the beach at the end. Had had quite a lot of contact with the Goa Animal Welfare Trust, which has been really interesting, if a bit upsetting from time to time. There are anti-rabies camps in different villages each week which are really interesting. They can vaccinate anything from 70 to 200 dogs each time, plus deal with all the other problems people arrive with. I won't describe some of them here, but suffice it to say that if you're an animal lover it can be really distressing, but the charity does an amazing job.
Found a new restaurant - Jungle Junction - in Colva, which is excellent, as long as you ask for the food to be Goan spicy. Anthony who runs it is married to an English woman, but somehow is convinced that westerners don't like spice. I had the blandest masala papads there I think I've ever had, until I asked for them to be served as he would eat them and then they were absolutely amazing.
For shoppers in the south, Fabindia is just about to open a new branch in Margao, so we won't have to trail up to Panjim any more. Actually, that's a shame, because I like Panjim very much, but I don't like Margao at all. Also found a shop in Panjim called Innovations which sells really lovely kurtas and other Indian clothes. Very good quality, and very reasonable.
Rescued a cat that was stuck in a wall (curiosity killed the cat - and it nearly did this one), saw some fabulous birds, a huge lizard and a number of snakes. Walked quite a bit, swam quite a bit, ate quite a bit and talked far too much. Apart from that, nothing much!