July 23 to July 27
As we approach further south, it is getting much greener. The first thing I noticed once we arrived in Panaji were the clean and open streets. It was much more humid and tropical in this region with a lot more palm trees. On the down side we are in the middle of monsoon season and it pretty well rained non stop for 3 days. The last time we encountered this much rain in our travels were the first couple days of cycling in Malaysia. Actually the scenery reminded me a lot of Malaysia with how green it was along with the nice hills.
Panaji was a nice little city, it was easily walkable and it was full of colonial churches and buildings from the 4 to 5 centuries the Portuguese had control over it. The influence remains with a large population of catholic locals with the older generation still fluent in portuguese. A lot of time spent in Panaji was at the local coffee shops and restaurants as we hid from the rain (Goa is the first place in India we were able to order beef and pork at the restaurants). We did manage to go on one organized tour around Old Goa and southern Goa. It was a good way to see the sites while staying dry. With all of our free time we were also able to plan and book future transit for the remainder of our trip!