We could have died a thousand deaths..but we didn’t. We have just survived a hair-raising, white knuckle, thirteen hour ride in a 4-wheel drive through the mountains and hills from Mumbai to Goa.With a non-English speaking driver. I had my foot on the brake the whole way!
We just honked our way through those hills. Up and down switchbacks, racing through villages. God help anyone who decided to cross the road just at the moment that we were going through.They wouldn’t have stood a chance!
Anyway I have learnt from this journey. I have learnt the rules of the road in India. They go like this:
1. Pedestrians give way to bicycles.
2. Bicycles give way to rickshaws
3. Rickshaws give way to Nanos.
5. Nanos give way to sedans.
6. Sedans give way to jeeps.
7. Jeeps give way to 4-Wheel drives.
8. 4- wheel drives give way to vans.
9. Vans give way to buses.
10. Buses give way to trucks.
11. Everyone gives way to ox carts!!
12. There are no rules.
By the time we got out of the car at our hotel we couldn’t walk. BUT…we have recovered and yesterday went to the famous Anjuna Beach Flea Market which is held every Wednesday. It was the Flea Market to end all Flea Markets. Every Indian product possible on sale, as well as lots of stalls run by Westerners.
I bought a bracelet from two 10 year old French girls who live 6 months in Paris and 6 months in Goa. What a life! Also a Peruvian jeweller who lives here for 3 months of the year. He can only get a tourist permit for 3 months otherwise he would stay longer.