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Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Palolem, India
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Palolem, India:
Latitude: 15° 0' 26" North
Longitude: 74° 1' 37" East
Altitude: 4 feet
From Seattle: 9940 miles
Lodging: Hotel - High Tide Huts

Today's Travel:
Country: India
Region: Goa
Weather: Partial Sun / Overcast / Rain

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1462
Linear Dist: 275507
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 285
More stats...
Hotels: 589
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4568

Journal Entry:
I got a good nights sleep in the relative cool and woke up feeling a lot better. I hit the beach in the morning and went for an exploratory walk. My camp is on the southern end of the beach so I walked north for half an hour until I was blocked by a small river. Back on my end of the beach I settled down and did my usual routine of alternating reading, swimming, and just watching. In the afternoon in got overcast and I left the beach and explored the inland village a bit - there's not much here. I did find a (somewhat) working internet cafe - it was very frustrating, the power kept failing - usually just as I was about to send an email. I was offered one of the elevated huts. The cost twice as much, but decided I was more comfortable with the raided platforms - and it is a lot nicer - more atmospheric, and with great views of the sea (the mats on the walls roll up turning them into floor to ceiling bamboo bar windows). In the evening I went back down to the beach and took a table on the sand. I watched some people play volley ball and then the sunset and ate diner. After it got dark the sky started to light up with lightning. After a little bit I moved under cover of the roof as a few drops of rain started to fall. Within the hour there was a full blown storm - lightning and pouring rain - I'm a bit concerned about my huts roof, but was glad that I had moved in to one of the elevated huts so I didn't have to worry about flooding! I stayed up pretty late talking to an English family and drinking beer. There was so slight flooding and leaking in my hut, but the heavy rain slacked off and I put my gear on the spare bed and everything stayed dry.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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