It's quite touristy still but not in full swing yet so still quiet. There's an endless beach. I hired a motorbike my only full day there and embarked on one of Tracy's tours of beaches and villages
. I scooted around, down south to see what i missing with those beaches and it was basically the same. I have seen nicer beaches to be honest as there is no blue water or white sand and there is some rubbish in places but it's still the ocean and it's nice. The sand is hard so i took my bike down the beach for a while, stopped for a swim, watched some fishermen and carried on. Then i went north on the main road which took me through some villages along the coast of a wide river that was just inland from the ocean. The scenery was beautiful....i really enjoyed the drive. I stopped to watched some workers moving mass amounts of sand (on their heads of course) from boats to the shore. The houses/huts weren't far away either as that's where they lived, right on the shore....as a few kids came running towards me, saying 'hello' over and over again. They were very cute and curious.
Saying that, earlier on my day, i had stopped along the road to take some pictures and these 2 boys came running the down the road from their very basic, simple shacks....they started tugging, grabbing, snatching at everything that i had, my camera, my bag, my sunglasses, my watch. This was beyond curiosity, even though i know that's where it stemmed from...as it seemed these boys hadn't seen any of things or barely any 'things' in general. I felt like there were gonna take me for everything i was worth with their snatching..i have never experienced anything like it. It caught me off guard and i tried to 'shoo' them away and be firm (and even yelled) but they kept grabbing til i finally motored off with my hands full of all my stuff. I then felt bad for perhaps overreacting....i mean i have everything and those boys had nothing. It was just bizarre. Kids are usually just curious and innocent and express that by waving and saying hello or even grabbing my hand, even in Africa (where they have nothing and have probably seen very little), i had never experienced that
. And after thinking aboot it... i am surprised that i have never been exposed to that before.. with kids that are soo poor and sheltered just grabbing on to whatever that can get (I might do the same in the given situation)....but i hadn't and i was really impressed with that fact as i had never thought aboot it before. Smiles and simple humanity are usually enough which i think is lost a lot of the time in 'our' world with 'everything'.
I finished my day with an Indian Kingfisher beer and chicken Korma...an Indian dish that i truly enjoy but didn't see it on menus til Goa.
I went from the most southern beach in Goa to the most northern...as im fussy with my beaches and would like to make the most of my experience here. So that made things a bit tricky as my extreme beach-hopping involved getting 4 different local buses. I have to say it all went relatively smoothly though, only having to wait maybe 10 mins between each bus, i got on all the right buses and got off all the right stops...so 5 hrs later and a 40 min walk to the beach i had arrived in the wee town of Arambol. I walked til i could walk no father and then around some cliffs and found a lovely, hotel right on the cliffs with the ocean literally at my porch. I couldn't get closer to the water...it was grrrreat.