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Groceries in Goa

Hanging out in one place – especially a teeny tiny one like Palolem – for over a month means that my blogging material is rather limited. Drawing all day, cooking at home, and avoiding most human interaction – while super refreshing and kind of amazing – just doesn’t make for exciting reading. So this blog is devoted to the one place I do actually deem worth of leaving the house for: the grocery store!

F yeah, veggies.

F yeah, veggies.

Yep, that’s right,  this blog is basically just a typed out version of my grocery list. And yes, I realize that some people* might not be quite as excited by groceries as I am, but…. Well, there isn’t really a but. Deal with it, dudes. At least I added pictures — that counts for something, right?

Palolem is noticeably lacking in grocery stores, so a couple of mornings a week, I bike to the nearest ‘big city’, Canacona, head to the one supermarket there, and fill my bike basket with groceries for around 300RS/$5.50.

Dried stuff aisle! Pulses galore.

Dried stuff aisle! Pulses galore.

Here’s what regularly finds its way into my basket:

Oats: $1.50/500g

Seriously, Korea is the only place in the world where oats are not cheap and readily available. For shame, Korea.

Seriously, Korea is the only place in the world where oats are not cheap and readily available. For shame, Korea.

Chickpeas: 60c/500g
Lentils: 50c/500g
Capsicum (bell peppers to you ‘Murrkans): 10c each

Happiness is a bench full of veggies!

Happiness is a bench full of veggies!

Tomatoes: 60c/kg
Macaroni: 30c/250g
Basmati rice: $1.20/kg
Nestle dried fruit dark chocolate: 50c/teeny weeny bar
Sabji Masala spice mix (I put this shizz in everything): 50c/50g

An Indian essential -- masala!

An Indian essential — masala!

Chilli sauce: 80c/200ml bottle

I've been here 5 weeks, and gone through 5 bottles of this shizz.

I’ve been here 5 weeks, and gone through 5 bottles of this shizz.

Maggi vegetable stock packets: 3c/wee cube
Club soda: 50c/1.25l
Instant coffee: 20c/10g pack

I know, I know, instant coffee is shite. It's not super easy to find a french press here, okay?

I know, I know, instant coffee is shite. It’s not super easy to find a french press here, okay?

Put all (well, not all) these awesome ingredients together, and what do you get?

...This!

…This!

*Or all people, with the possible exceptions of Ahimsa and my big sister.

Yeti Budgets: Myanmar

We expected Myanmar to be expensive. While in most parts of Asia, we’re hoping to spend around $25/each per day (including buses and domestic flights, excluding international flights), for our time in Myanmar, we budgeted $45. Jeepers. Luckily we way over-budgeted, and ended up with a bunch of extra crisp, new hundred-dollar bills.

Accommodation: $24.70/night
I wrote about our accommodation in detail here, but all in all, accommodation was less pricey than we thought, but still a lot more expensive than elsewhere in SE Asia. Our most expensive night was at Mayflower Inn, Yangon ($45) and our least (excluding night bus – no accommodation required! – nights) was at Golden Kalaw Inn, Kalaw ($12).

Food: $15.30/day
Food in Myanmar is so cheap. We had a couple of banana leaf sets in Yangon for 1000 kyatt (about $1.20) and drank our fair share (plus a couple of other people’s) of 300kyatt (40c) soda. Our most expensive was a ‘Myanmar Traditional Food Set’ in Inle Lake– soup, salad, curry, rice, juice, and peanuts for 3000kyatt ($3.50) each. Beer is a lot cheaper than in Malaysia (1500kyatt/$1.75), so we had a couple of boozy nights.

Travel: $10/day
Long distance buses are pretty similar in price to those in Malaysia– around 10,000-15,000 kyatt ($12-$17.50) for an 8-10 hour ride. We also spent a little bit of taxis, tri-shaws, motorcycles, and even horse-carts in Myanmar, as public buses were somewhat hard to find (and figure out).

Miscellaneous: $2.95
Apart from tattoos and Ahimsa’s longgi, the only ‘miscellaneous’ items I remember buying in Myanmar are a couple of entrance fees, and our matching elephant-print pants…

Total: $52.95 altogether/$26.50 each