Monday, 8 June 2015
On our last full day in Goa we decided to do a local walk around the neighbourhood and adjacent village.
We saw old homesteads, plenty of ruins, wild-ish pigs, cows, goats, chickens, geese and a monkey.
There are no pavements here, so it's a matter of keeping an eye out for the scooters and cars which come past. Everyone takes it pretty easy though as there is every sort of animal and human wandering along the road.
A previous guest had made a pretty accurate walking map of the area so we were able to navigate through some smaller paths cutting across from road to road, round the back or front of less fancy cottages. These stone walls are everywhere. Oh - and the place we are staying at has a number of rescue dogs living there. I'm not a fan of them but they tend not to bother me. They do insist on accompanying us on our walks though.
We had planned to walk a longish loop, but some monsoon rains hit before we got too far on part one, so we scooted back to the house, then completed the rest of our loop later in the day.
This part of Goa is very catholic (thanks to the Portuguese I guess) so there are churches and chapels everywhere, as well as small shrines on many street corners. Despite being Sunday we didn't see too many people actually attending mass, but we did see a game of cricket in a church forecourt.
The local village of Loutolim is supposed to be one of the prettiest in Goa. It certainly seems to have a nice community and school. Everyone was very friendly as we wandered around the streets. This was my favourite place in the town (despite it being closed)
And that was it for Goa. We spent the rest of the day watching the rain and relaxing at the Casa. Today (Monday) we return to Crazytown, aka Chennai.