Sunday, November 8, 2015

Goa to Mumbai

Why Goa? Glad you asked...

I knew nothing of Goa except obscure references in books I've read. Then in January of this last year I found myself in Detroit MI trying to rally co-workers into a celebratory dinner. Anna wanted Indian food. Carlos and Jess weren't fans of it. And LaNoye bitched out completely. So a few Google and Yelp searches later I find a Portuguese-Indian place that made everybody happy. It was Goan. 
After that I did some more researching and when planning my Round the World Journey thought, why not Goa!? It's a beach destination for much of India, a good portion of Russia and some Germans and English as well. It's also an easy way to ease myself and my buddy Skees into the chaos of India.

Skees met up with me in Goa having never really gone anywhere outside the US as an adult. It was, understandably, quite the culture shock and sensory overload for him. But he caught onto the rhythms of it soon enough.
Old Goa is good for that, cathedrals and markets.

And then we hit Mumbai. It's a city of well over 12 million people. Taxis and motorcycles honk their horns all day and night. The heat and humidity are beyond oppressive. 

But the street food, for me, is worth it.

Heading down to Kochi tomorrow!