India 🇮🇳: Goa in off-season (hasta pronto 👧🏻)

After some seriously overdone security checks at Varanasi airport, we were on our way to Goa still digesting the many impressions of the past few days.

At the luggage carousel i spoke to a french woman about her journey in India and her plans for Goa more specifically. Turned out she and her friend were headed to the same beach. Transport sorted! Off to the shared 🚖

We chatted a fair bit in the taxi. The french woman was travelling a month before heading to an Ashram (Hindu spiritual hermitage) near Bangalore and live as part of this community for six month in search of meaning in her life (something her professional career didn’t provide). Interesting though i could not imagine doing it myself for such a long time.

Experiencing Goa

So we were in Goa. No packing or moving for a few days. Great. We got to sleep in, spent time at the beach, did some shopping and tried to enjoy ourselves after the intense experiences of our tour in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

There were many bars, cafes and the sea near our hotel. Quite enjoyable and with good food options (fried fish with mashed potato was the front-runner).

A lovely old lady next door washed our clothes (finally) and did a remarkable job especially with the clothing still full of holi colours. 🌈

However, while clearly different from Varanasi, Goa wasn’t as vibrant as I had expected – much of this was down to our slightly out of season visit (Dec/Jan is peak) and the upcoming elections. This meant more police presence / checks, no music / outdoor parties and no liquor after 11pm.

What was super present, however, were the drug dealers near Anjuna beach. From Marijuana to MDMA… they had it all. Never witnessed people offering so openly… But no loud music after 11pm 🤔🤬.

Not much sightseeing

We did very little sightseeing. Mainly a fortress with nice views over the beaches of North Goa. We also tried to see a waterfall only to find that there was none in dry season…. ☀ 🤷‍♂️

See you soon amorcita

The last day in Goa was a sad one. After so many month of travelling together, Laura returned home to Colombia. 😢 ♥ 👧🏻 🇨🇴. She had some serious travel ahead of her: Goa ➡️ Delhi ➡️ Bangkok ➡️ Abu Dhabi ➡️ Madrid ➡️ Bogota ➡️ Santa Marta.

🚀♥ 🛫🛬🛫🛬🛫🛬🛫🛬🛫🛬🛫🛬 🏡🇨🇴

It was a fantastic year travelling in 14 countries  together, get to know each other (🥊 & ♥) , learn about other cultures 🙏 and people 👳🏽‍♂️, travel on 🛶, 🥾, 🏍, ✈, 🚉, 🚌, 🛥 and 🚗. Unique. Amazing.

🇩🇪 🇨🇴 🇦🇹 🇦🇼 🇸🇷 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇻🇳 🇱🇦 🇮🇳 🇱🇰 🇳🇱 🇪🇸 🇬🇫

The memories will last a lifetime. Soon we see each other in Colombia again 😘❤️👧🏻🇨🇴🚀💕. Te amo bb.