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Goa. Summary - Lots of Beach and Sun!

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First sunset in Goa. Never want to leave!

12/5-12/10/07

 On 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.
  The vibe was chill, the place welcoming and quiet. 

 Palolem 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 classes. 

 Highlights of Goa

1.  Scooter ride to Agonda with our group.

2. Sunset Happy Hours at Rendez Vous

3. Swimming in the midday sun.

4. Doing yoga with Pier and Rita

5. Starry sky and beach wandering.

 

Cons:

The endless barrage of people selling crap for over inflated prices - books, cds, jewelry, coconuts and pineapple, henna, massages. 

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First sunset in Goa.  Never want t…
First sunset in Goa. Never want …
OK - it was getting a bit much - t…
OK - it was getting a bit much - …
The Crew preparing for our scooter…
The Crew preparing for our scoote…
Getting directions first sometimes…
Getting directions first sometime…
The whole crew after breakfast at …
The whole crew after breakfast at…
Looking mean in linen.
Looking mean in linen.
This is the simple life.
This is the simple life.
Another breathtaking sunset over f…
Another breathtaking sunset over …
Wenche making it look good!
Wenche making it look good!
Melanie undergo battle of the came…
Melanie undergo battle of the cam…
No words...
No words...
Pier and Rita.
Pier and Rita.
Hookah with dinner on the beach.
Hookah with dinner on the beach.
It aint easy working like this!
It aint easy working like this!
Typical dinner
Typical dinner
Sunsets.
Sunsets.
A little visitor at our bungalow.
A little visitor at our bungalow.
farewell breakfast as Dan, Idun, a…
farewell breakfast as Dan, Idun, …
My bed at Sevas Guesthouse.
My bed at Sevas Guesthouse.
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