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Anjuna - Hippie Haven?

We think not..

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For one reason and another we ended up taking a tuk tuk to Anjuna, which is about 30minutes north of Panjim. It is meant to be the hippy heart of Goa, but Adam said when we arrived 'this can't be it,' and unfortunately he's continued to say it, with good reason. It is the one place he's visited which is so far removed from his expectations that it is quite unbelievable and I have to agree. Even after we trekked with our packs away from where the tuk tuk dropped us off we have not found but one hippy. Instead there is a beach with some bars/restaurants/guest houses which play trancey type music and there are a lot of Westerners. On the whole it has a more touristy/beach resort for the young kind of vibe than anything vaguely Woodstock.
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Our accommodation came in the form of another beach hut though which was a plus point.
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We did arrive on a Wednesday though which was good because there was a massive Flea Market for us to mooch around, although not necessarily so good for our pockets. My clothing purchases were on the whole not good and Adam bought some more flip flops which the jury are still out on. Generally the market was quite good though if not a bit repetitive and a little tiring with all the energy you have to exert with the required haggling. Still it provided some retail therapy.

The next day we took thinks fairly easy, did a bit more mooching around, had a pizza cooked in a wood oven which although not very Indian was very tasty and then we scaled a hill and got some good views out over the coastline.
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Anjuna turned out to be a very uninspiring place which as Adam said was the last thing I was expecting it to be. We did have some hope that the hippies of Goa were hiding in the forest away from the busy, touristy beach so decided that the next morning we would go see if we could find them.

Unfortunatey our hippie hunt was not very successful, and our trip into the forest just provided us with breakfast. My mood was slightly lifted by a kitty and a doggy that decided to pay us a visit though, always a sucker for something cute!
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After the critters departed feeling fairly downhearted we decided it was time to wave goodbye to Anjuna and head back to Panjim. I was not feeling too good after a bad headache which interrupted my sleep so we caught a taxi back to Panjim and spent another night there. In fact we returned to the bed bug place after checking out the competition and realising money wise we got a good deal, although we made sure we got a different room! The next morning we both woke up bite free and headed for the bus station.

Laura & Adam

Posted by LauHot10 01:50 Archived in India Tagged round_the_world

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