Monday, March 31, 2014


This past week was spent lounging around on the beautiful sandy beaches of South Goa. Taking a vacation after preparing for Maitri's conference, Hilary and I took full advantage of the fact that we were in paradise. We spent the majority of our days at Bogmalo Beach. It was fairly secluded (at least compared the beaches in North Goa) and couldn't have been prettier. The sand and water were so warm. The water was so clear and bright. It can't get better than that.

On the second day we were there a woman named Leela came over to us, explaining that she just had to come say hello because we were "just so white!" We thought it odd that she would be so surprised by our pale skin because there were quite a few people with white skin on the beach as well. Apparently we are just sooo pale that we still stand out. Awesome. She came back to us a few days later and just couldn't believe that we were still so pale. She told us that she thought we'd have become at least a little darker. She was nice though and we had a nice time talking to her and visiting her shop.

One day we traveled from Vasco to North Goa to meet Anna's family! They were. without a doubt, some of the sweetest, kindest people I've ever met. Anna's grandmother made us a feast for lunch. She made fried fish, masala crusted prawns, boiled prawns, chicken, potatoes, rice, salad, and homemade pickles. It was seriously amazing. We were stuffed.

After lunch we went with Anna's dad, Edward, to explore North Goa. It was an amazing experience. Edward knows so much about Goa and took us all around. We saw Reis Magos Fort (my favorite part), Calangute, Baga beach, and some really beautiful churches. He explained to us the Portuguese influence in Goa and told us a bit about the history of the people.

Overall, it was such an incredible experience. Goa is just absolutely gorgeous and the people there are so warm and friendly. It's such a change from the crazy, loud, fast-paced buzz of Delhi. Everything is slower, quieter, calmer. It's the perfect place for some serious R&R. It's definitely a must see for anyone traveling to India. Safe to say, I didn't want to leave by the end of it. It really is paradise and I'm counting the days until I can go back!!


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