the plane, Dan and I debated, for nearly 2 hours, where to go, North
Goa or South Goa. I wanted the calm
serenity of Palolem and Agonda. He wanted the calm, but more developed North
Arombol area. After 2 hours, he convinced me to go the
North, and I convinced him to go the South. In the end, though, we went
to the south to Palolem. Dan was set of the Bhakti Kutur. When we
arrived, we saw Sevas, and eco-village of bamboo huts. We found a 2 level
hut for Rs 900, mosquito nests, bamboo wall, attached open-air bathroom, and
Indian toilet. The shower was a garbage can full of cool water.
OK - it was getting a bit much - time for a change.
vibe was chill, the place welcoming and quiet.
is a quiet, but touristic, beach resort. The beach is covered by
makeshift restaurants that fold-up and disappear along with the tourists during
the off-season. Beach chairs and umbrellas lure tourists into their
grasp, and quickly drinks and food follow. The first night we discovered
Rendez Vous, and I had a seafood and veg dinner on the beach. The food
was great the service friendly. Apparently my meal came with a back
massage (from the waiter)...? It had been 1 1/2 months since I'd seen a
woman in anything short of a full sari. The bikini baring women were
overwhelming and my body was a flood with chemical reactions that I though
were dormant since Vipassana. Over dinner, on night one, we saw Melanie
sitting alone behind us. Melanie is a chatty French-Canadian, big blue
eyes, huge smiles, and endless conversational skills.
The Crew preparing for our scooter ride - Gabriel, Kamilla, Wenche, Idun, Melanie, and Dan.
We met her briefly
at Pushkar, and she instantly settled into our newly formed 4-some. The
following day, we met 3 more Swedish travelers ~ Wenche, Kamilla, and
Gabriel. Having just finished an abroad program in Tamil Nadu for social
work they were spending heir last 3 weeks traveling in Goa
and Kerala. Idun instantly bonded and clearly was excited to speak in her
native tongue. In no time we were close to the Swedes and both groups
bonded together. The Swedes met an Italian couple from Milan
on a plane - Pier and Rita. They too joined and like that we were
9. The 9 of us spent the next several days lounging, eating, meeting for
happy hour, having dinner. I squeezed in 3 relatively basic yoga
1. Scooter ride to Agonda with our group.
2. Sunset Happy Hours at Rendez Vous
3. Swimming in the sun.
4. Doing yoga with Pier and Rita
5. Starry sky and beach wandering.
The endless barrage of people selling crap for over inflated prices - books,
cds, jewelry, coconuts and pineapple, henna, massages.
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