Chazzas are still pretty cheap around the Black Country, which is the upside of living in an area of high deprivation, I suppose. I went over my usual £10 limit with the 1930s coat but it is lovely and it's pretty rare to find something so old and in such good nick.
|I also bought these 1970s St Michael high-waisted velvet loon pants (£1), silk camisole (50p) and the Seventies beaded jute shopper (£1) from Cancer Research which I've worn with a beaded scarf from the gorgeous Krista,, original 1970s platforms (£10, eBay) and a chunky Indian necklace from the lovely Heather.|
Ready for more of our Goa adventures?
After a week in gorgeous Gokarna we took a train up to the far north of Goa to visit Arambol, our beloved hippy beach hangout.
We visited the busy market at nearby Mapusa, where the locals go to buy their supplies.
One of our favourite nights out is a visit to the Saturday Night Bazaar, a free all-night festival with live music, drinking and dancing, amazing food stalls and unlimited shopping opportunities.
As usual I made a beeline for the Lamani gypsies to haggle over tribal jewellery (much trickier after a few Kingfishers).
For a change we stayed in a different guest house from our usual haunt. Samudra opened on to the beach and cost £3 a night.
When we weren't shopping or lounging on the beach we walked along winding village lanes, admiring the old Portuguese era houses.
Back in colonial times the only buildings allowed to be painted white were the Catholic churches. Although Goa gained independence in 1961 the tradition has been upheld and almost every house you'll come across will be in a fantastically vibrant shade, freshly painted prior to the start of the monsoon rains in June.
|Ice cold Kingfisher, the perfect end to a perfect day.|
One more instalment to go then there'll be no further mention of India until our next trip (which won't be for a while if I carry on spending all my money in charity shops).