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After recently completing a 28-day tour followed by 2.5 weeks on our own and now preparing for a 10-day tour, I thought it time to write about some of the advantages and disadvantages of both types of travel.
Traveling solo or in a couple
1. Flexibility - To extend your stay if you are having a good time (or sick), shorten it if you aren't or amend the itinerary in anyway to accommodate new information, illnesses ...
... and fine, the temperature of the water is slightly cooler than bath water, and the waves most days have been enormous. On the day where the tide was at its strongest, you could stand in the surf just up to your knees and a wave would roll in hitting you in the forehead! We have had so much fun here! David says that this is the nicest beach he has ever been to.
With its reputation of a party destination, we expected Goa to be busy, loud, and for us to get hassled a bit on ...
... in the 'red house' and started learning the basics of the language. When our guide, Navita, spoke the word or phrase aloud we all wrote it down how we thought it sounded (not sure how accurate it is) and then wrote the meaning in our own languages. We then jumped in the car and drove to Arjuna, where we had our first Indian flea market experience. The Arjuna markets are right on the coast of Arjuna, so when you reach the end of the markets ...
... to coach 10. I almost felt myself becoming a local as I hiked our rucksacks down the isles. I contemplated hacking and spitting to blend in, a peace ritual to those whose dwelling we were about to share. I reconsidered, Catherine was looking less than amused as it was.
We found another spot and accepted that at least we were here for the duration and could spend the next 5 hours chanting "Om Shakti" or "I am Bliss", key survival chants we had learnt from our time in Camp ...
... vendors, consumers, motorbikes, rickshaws, and even cars! We returned to Tarika's and headed off to the ocean for one last swim at the beautiful Benaulim Beach. We watched the sunset from Mama's Kitchen as we sipped our drinks. The sunset never ceases to amaze me. Dinner was the best I've had all week. Prawns, Lobster tail, and sea bass, all grilled to perfection on an outdoor grill. It was truly Goan style! What a perfect end to a perfect ...