Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Friday, March 9, 2012

I arrived at Dwarka at eleven at night, after an hour and a half drive from the airport, the last two miles of which were over such bumpy dirt roads I thought the car would snap in half. I was shown to my thatched roofed hut and greeted by a huge, white, fluffy bed (this is an extra big deal since most of the beds in India are thin mattresses on boards). I was beyond excited. I fell asleep listeining to the crashing of the waves.
I woke up in the morning and opened my door to white sand and a hammock stretched between two palm trees, complete with clusters of coconuts. A pristine fresh water lagoon split the property, made crossable by a small log bridge. Because of the intense weather that comes with monsoon season everything at Dwarka must be built new each season, and disassembled at the end. Each of the ten huts is built from scratch, made from palm fronds that the locals skillfully weave together.
The beach that Dwarka sits on is called Cola beach, apparently its one of the most hidden beaches of South Goa (unfortunately it was just written up as such in the Goa tourist magazine, so we'll see how long that lasts). Probably has something to do with the two mile dirt road.
On the other side of the beach is the Arabian sea, warmer than I expected and a beautiful light blue color. In the morning while I ate breakfast I could see the first shift of the local fisherman coming in, and he second shift going out. They fish in small wooden boats that look handmade, except of course for the outboard motors attached to the back.
I had a wonderful three days at Dwarkagoa, sunning, reading, swimming and watching Russian tourists take pictures of themselves (its amazing how many they take! They really love it!). The chef, John, took a liking to me and made it his mission to try and fatten me up. One night for dinner I had four seperate dishes in front of me, calamari, pasta, chicken and a curry. My table looked like the buffet! Because there was only electricity at night when the generator was running the meat and seafood was purchased at.the local market right before the meal. One night I had this crab that was the best I've ever had (Dad, you would have loved it!).
If anyone ever makes it to this area of the world this is one place you really should visit, it really is paradise.
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Say on

Megan that sounds absolutely beautiful! I want to go to Goa so very badly -- we tried to go in August but apparently it was Monsoon season. I enjoy reading about your adventures! Can't wait to see pictures!

GrandBar on

This place does sound like paradise!

Somehow, your message that says it was written over a week ago was missed by me until today. They don't get posted in logical order, so I always look though the batch, but I guess I still missed it. A puzzle. Here I was worrying as to whether you'd made it to Goa, and you were having a glorious time! Serves a worrier right.

Love, GrandBar

Grandpa on

How did you find this wonderful place, I never heard of it, is it in Goa? It sounds like you only stayed there 3 days,is that right? There is a young lady that you know from Isabel freedman that works at theJCA , who is involved with a Jewish farming group/camp on NY state called something like Eden. Supposedly very spiritual.
Where are you going to next? Keep having a good time

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