13.02.2014 - 13.02.2014
Alarm went off at 5.00am, continental breakfast arrived at 5.15am and we were in the foyer at 5.55am for our transfer to the airport.
Diane and Lorraine are travelling to Goa with us and Fiona and Malcolm are staying in Mumbai for two nights. As there are no direct flights to Goa, we had to go via Mumbai. Checking in took quite a while because only 15 kgs per bag is allowed for domestic flights, so Scenic is picking up the tab. But they wouldn't pay for Malcolm and Fiona because their trip has now ended. The flight took one hour forty minutes.
Sailed through security and boarded the flight and it took off on time and landed in Mumbai a bit early. We found the gate for the flight to Mumbai but we had to go through security again and this time it was a bit tedious. The female line took ages as there was a very zealous female officer checking lots of bags. Diane and Lorraine were picked up for having a bottle of water, but I was allowed to go through! Crazy!
The flight took 40 minutes and we were all commenting on what a smooth trip it had been AND THEN WE ARRIVED IN THE GOA BAGGAGE COLLECTION AREA! What a joke! I have never seen so many people squeezed into one area at the same time. About five flights had all landed at the same time and it was absolute chaos. I stood to the side and minded the carryon luggage while the others went into battle for their bags. After absolutely ages, the crush had cleared a bit and to our great relief all our bags were located.
We hooked up with the Scenic man in Goa, John and drove to our accommodation, the Hyatt Hotel in Bambolin Bay, north Goa. It took about 45 minutes but the roads seem quite good and the drivers seem to obey the traffic rules, whatever they are!
The hotel is a huge complex. We changed rooms to get a view of the Arabian Sea and the girls were given a double bed but they swapped for two single beds. We have had a very relaxing couple of hours with no timetable to worry about and have just ordered room service and will then have an early night and start exploring Goa and our hotel tomorrow.
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