Posted on 26 February 2012
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I had to go into Chaudi today as I needed to transfer some money to Ashok. Usually I’ll walk – it’s only 20 mins or so from Patnem, but today feels especially hot, so I decided to get a tuk-tuk. Chaudi is a thriving little town with a bank, an ATM, an Indian supermarket (well worth a look), a phone shop, a great market, sweet stalls & tailors. [caption id="attachment_385" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Fruit Stall in Chaudi"][/caption] I love wondering around & seeing all the wonderful things on offer; There are plenty of stalls selling fruit & for a couple of pounds you can pick up mango’s, pineapple, grapes, bananas, melons, oranges & coconuts to last you a week. The bananas out here are particularly delicious, they’re about ¼ of the size as we get at home, come in big bunches of about 20 & are very, very sweet. [caption id="attachment_387" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Outside the Fish Market"][/caption] If you follow your nose you’ll find the fish market. It’s housed in a square, concrete building & you’ll find ladies squatting on the concrete shelves, swatting away the flies with all kinds of fish & shell fish spread out before them. There are prawns, red snapper, baby shark (I’m always curious as to where the adult sharks go as I’m assured they’re not in the sea), king fish, oysters & crab & it’s all incredibly fresh & bought in off the boats each morning. [caption id="attachment_386" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The fish Market"][/caption] If you’re going to go into Chaudi, as a woman, remember to cover up. Goa is a very liberal compared to the rest of the county, but Chaudi is a traditional town & it’s disrespectful to wander around with lots of flesh on show. All you need is a t-shirt, or vest top & a pair of loose fitting trousers (I wear Marzipants, of course!) or a long skirt to below your knee.