Deric drove us to the bus station, where we got a shuttle bus direct to Margao (Madgaon), and then a local bus into town. We stayed at Hotel La Flor, which was better than we expected. Only 900 Rps for a clean comfortable fan room at the back so we didn't get the noise from the railway line.
After settling in we took a bus to Colva Beach, as Deric had suggested. It was a pleasant ride and a lovely beach, with lots of locals enjoying themselves and a few Western tourists. We bought a Goan chicken Shawarma from one of two little stalls and it was so delicious that we tried one from the other stall as well. Quite different, but the first one was more to our liking as it came with cooked tomatoes and onion and seemed a bit spicier. We had a seafood dinner at one of the beach restaurants - a tandoori kingfish and a dish of garlic prawns with rice, accompanied by a bottle of Kingfisher beer. A pretty good meal, but the shawarma was the best part.
The bus back went via the bus station, where we stopped for about twenty minutes. Back in town, we had a walk around, bought some water for the night and Yoong couldn't resist a cob of corn from a street stall.
Back at the hotel we watched a very enjoyable movie on TV - "English Vinglish" - with English subtitles.
You can read more about our trip to Goa here: