Eat, Pray, Goa
Anjuna Beach, Goa. This was one of the top 3 beaches I visited in all of Goa
In Goa, it was solely time to relax, lay low, and enjoy the surf, sand, and sun for several days amongst new friends and travelers who were there for the same reasons. Mark and I had a great time scootering around many of the Goan towns and beaches, in addition to catching a glimpse of what life was really like there. If given the chance to return to India, the first place I’d head to would be to the beaches along the north Goan border, where not another soul was around. However, instead of writing about a multitude of excursions in addition to what I felt at the time, I am just going to let the pictures do most of the talking. Like any place, Goa had it’s ups and downs, but it was indeed an interesting place where I was able to encounter and experience a living blend of Indian and Portuguese culture amidst a beach paradise.
Casa Portuguesa - Calangute/Baga Beach, Goa. I had some authenic portuguese sausage her with some portuguese red wine that complimented it perfectly. The Portuguese restaurant owner looked like a FADO musician and sat and talked with us for awhile about how Goa has changed the last 20 years and an innate desire to return to his hometown of Lisbon. Great food and ambiance!
Casa Portuguesa - Calangute/Baga Beach, Goa
Infantaria - Calangute Beach, Goa
My new friends from around the world
My new friend Julie from Dusseldorf
Baga Beach Bar - Goa
Manchester United Cafe Bar - Baga Beach, Goa. I just had to take a picture of this for my soccer-loving friends.
Club No Escape - Baga Beach, Goa. One certainly could not escape the crowds that frequented the numerous trance clubs in the area at night; it was like a wild zoo for sure.
Our Lady of Piety Church - Baga Beach, Goa - Mark and I visited here Sunday morning and heard a memorable sermon concerning the practice and importance of "persistent prayer." I've thought about what this minister said on various occasions recently...
Sao Joao Batista Church - Calangute Beach, Goa
St. Anthony's Church, near Arambol Beach, Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa, India
Woman praying inside Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa
Claustro at Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa
The Cross - Old Goa
Se Cathedral - Old Goa, India
Se Cathedral - Old Goa, India
Inside Se Cathedral
The view of Se Cathedral from an adjacent outdoor cafe - Old Goa. It was truly a picturesque day around Old Goa; the sky was coming to life with beautiful cumulus clouds.
Shri Hindu Temple, Goa - India
Castle House Hostel - Goa, India. When we came back to the hostel and explained to Dave, the cool owner, that we just had to pay a fine for not having an "International Driver's License", he facetiously retorted, "You're American; you are International!!! You bomb everything! Next time just drop 100 rupees ($2.50) and run away!" Dave was a cool, funny character, and the Castle House was a superb place to stay.
Dave's cat sleeping on his motorcycle
Mark and I riding our scooters
Goan Beach Roads
I'm hauling a--!!
Bridge to Arambol Beach
Mark and I were the lone rangers on Arambol Beach in North Goa
Scootering our way around
The northern most Goan beach. I took a quick stroll here pondering what it would be like actually living in North Goa. There was no industry, just essentially poor, dilapidated beach towns; however, a certain ethereal peace could be felt here.
Baga Beach, Goa
Anjuna Beach Sunset Slihouttte - Mark
Anjuna Beach Sunset Slihouttte - me
People hanging out and watching the sunset at Chapora Fort near Vagotor Beach, Goa.
Watching the Sunset from Chapora Fort near Vagator Beach, Goa. Mark and I hung out at this spot for about 90 minutes watching the sunset and just talking about life. We even took a moment to pray, and I truly felt lifted and filled with joy here. This is one of my favorite photos from Goa.
View from Fort Aguada - Goa, India
One of the many picturesque places we stopped off at while scootering around Goa
Streets of Baga Beach, Goa
Goa’s rich combination of Indian & Portuguese culture was evident and enjoyable to experience at the same time; it was also fairly interesting to hear Indian people speak Portuguese fluently. The wonderful sunsets, friends, and scooter joyrides along secluded beaches I will never forget… perhaps someday I will return to relish the solace found along the northern most beaches and amongst the very friendly people.