Goa is a great place to visit. The guide books say stay away from Goa, India in general actually, in May. But I’ve loved it! They say to stay away because it’s the Indian holiday season and super hot. It’s not like the normal UK hotspot in May. It felt more real though and I’m glad I experienced it that way. I didn’t feel comfortable sunbathing without Richie there because the men and women don’t like to see people in bikinis but other than that it was great. Just the feel of the place was wonderful and simply, it’s different. The people are very welcoming, food is nice, it’s a feast for the senses and the town had a relaxed vibe. The beaches were not that nice really, particularly because I’m spoilt in Australia and in my opinion they don’t compare. I’d highly recommend it as a four day visiting destination while in India but not in high season, go now (May) when it’s low and more natural.
On my last day in Goa I enjoyed a good brekki and went to meet Len. He wanted to show me his new bathrooms he was getting put in. Think he’s a bit lonely as his wife isn’t here so I wanted to be kind and give him some company. He asked me to keep in touch while I’m in India…will give him a quick hello call soon. Len picked me up and we went for a ride around the harbour and he showed me some sites. We went for lunch in a workers bar and we had chicken and chips and I had a water and he had two beers. It came to 500 rupees for all of it! That’s about $10! He showed me around his block and then dropped me off to meet Rich at the beach. Caught up with him before I went to the airport to get my flight to Delhi.
GOODBYE NEW FRIENDS
We sat on a beach lounger and watched the sunset, felt really nice and comfortable. Got me thinking of all the people I’m going to meet but then probably never see again – it’s marvellous but so heart wrenching at the shame time. I really do love meeting new people, I feel affection for them and enjoy hearing their stories and feeling their energy.
Newness and novelty are near the top of my: Things that keep me interested list. I do get bored easily but being in a brand new place, meeting brand new people exhilarates me. Sonder is up there too…
Sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.