From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Mon Mar 5, 2001 6:30am
Subject: This is a gem!
Hello again friends, Since last time I wrote; I’ve moved further north (into southern Goa), to a gem of a serene place called Patnem Beach. To get here you need to catch the coastal train or the bus to Canacona, or Chaudi as it’s also called. Most people go on from there to Palolem Beach, but that place is a bit too touristy for my taste, it’s much better to head to the next beach further down south called Patnem. I’m staying here with a family at a farm just 5 minutes walk from the beach, and the room costs me only 10 rupees a night. But food and drinks at the restaurants are quite expensive so the traveller budget is getting quite a lashing while staying here. Goa is expensive! I’ll try to stay away from the western meals and the beer the following weeks, and return to real Indian cuisine again which is much cheaper indeed, but harder on the stomach though. I’m staying here another two weeks before heading up north towards Nepal for some trekking.
Hope all is well wherever you all might be. Did you know that there’s about 195 of you reading my newsletters now, quite a crowd huh?.
I’m darn near paradise here, so I’m just fine!!