Originally Posted by billingham-mackem
Yes , went a couple of years ago(Candolim ), was canny but not in a hurry to go back.
The bold bit would probably be me, except for .....
There's an election in March. The bars have been shutting (VERY strict) at 11:0 PM. And it goes to 10:0 PM from Thurs 'til late march. Then they close all together for 4 days during the election. Bars, Restaurants, Hotels (Even your own hotel) and even the fucking shops.
Pissed me well-off. Fair enough, it'll be over in about 5 weeks. But any state (And it's only Goa, not India) that treats tourism with such a lack of respect, could be likely to pull the plug whenever they want. Spoke to a few locals about it and all they could say was "Corruptio". I'm stumped as to what it can be gained by this?
We got one lock-in. A shack at the beach. Sitting there with the lights off (the staff were shitting themselves anarl) Just me & wor lass. In the dark, with a bottle of beer in our hands. Just us
. Just gave up at 11:30 and went to bed, sick as fuck.
Add to that the yapping howling dogs (every household has at least three - and the hotels are around the house), the stray dags, the fires (All rubbish, household and garden, tends to be burned). So smoky fires on every corner with acrid smoke from damp vegetation. Blaring horns (They use horns all the time instead of indicators and mirrors). Rubbish strewn everywhere, including right behind the shacks on the beach.
Only good points : Cheap beer, good beer, nice people (mainly), great food. And that is it. Hotels tend to be all very ropey anarl.