Chillin' in South Goa

Trip Start Oct 24, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, December 4, 2004

Well, here we are soaking up the sun in the former Portuguese enclave. Goa has totally different character to the rest of India, with whitewashed houses, lush palm groves and paddy fields. It is a great escape from the madness of the city and the long travelling hours we have been doing.

We only intended to take a short stay here to recharge, but due to the easy going environment and great travellers scene, we intend to spend approx. 1 month, including Christmas and New Year. We met some great people but Kris and Lauren have become our partners in crime, enticing us for cool late afternoon beers and yummy seafood delights. Sure, goa has a renowned party scene but we have been travelling up and down the coast and finding deserted beaches, wonderful food and remote cliff top headlands for sunset refreshments. nice!...

Life is so good here , that we have an overpowering feeling of total freedom, which is so diverse from anything we have felt before. It really gives you a consuming passion to embrace the day, and that you are reaching under the surface , towards the within.

We have chosen our accommodation well, ranging from beach front coco huts with the surf just metres from your door, to cliffside chalets with views of some of the best sunsets on offer. Perfect with a cold beer and some fresh Kingfish.I think we both have forgotten what stress is, our life is now so simple and we have no particular routine. We get up when ready, eat when hungry and rarely wear a watch, i'm not looking forward to experiencing city life again.

We are currently in Arambol, which is one of Goa's most far flung beaches. Apart from having miles of deserted beaches, it has a great travellers scene , with friendly locals and some great jam sessions. The only problem is that the local guitars sound as if they have been made out of soap boxes, but i think thats part of the charm.

As we have had plenty of time on our hands, we have had the pleasure to listen to plenty of music and get our heads in a few books. For those interested below is a list of our favourites, in no particular order.

Music :

Artist: in gowan ring and Dead Can Dance ( essential for a dying sunset )
Sol Invictus ( a late afternoon classic )
Zepplin ( early evening beer entertainment )
Zen Chillout and other. ( trippy downtempo ethno beat for sunny afternoons )

Literature : Robert M Pirsig - Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance
Jack Kerouac - On the Road ( a must travellers book)
Khalil Gibran - Secrets Of The Heart ( comes together after a Bhang Lassi)
Bernard Cornwell - Stonehenge

We need to chill some more, all this technology is stressing me out , man.

Bom Shankar
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Lee on

Fantastic mate sounds like your finally having that well deserved should of taken your guitar mate and show them how its done.

were looking forward to lots of snow today so you enjoy that sun and think of us all stuck in traffic tonight lol

All the best keep those amazing pics coming.


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