Goa, the beach and party capital of India!
31.10.2012 - 07.11.2012
A puppy cozies up on the sand at Palolem Beach (a very typical sight)
Anna and I ventured up the coast from Kerala to the state of Goa, right on the Arabian Sea, and famous for its beaches.
Something that is not uncommon on the beaches is to see cows casually strolling on the beach. Only in India!!
One day we went to Panjim, the capital of Goa. There were so many churches there, including this courtyard in one of the cathedrals. It was really odd to see the European architecture in the middle of India!
Not quite Bloomies, but the Indian version
The name D'Souza was everywhere--it's a Portuguese name and I always found it peculiar that one of my very close Indian friends, Astrid, had the last name D'Souza, but she explained that it's because her family is from Goa and they have Portuguese heritage.
Goa is very Christian, as it was settled by the Portuguese that brought Christianity to the region. In fact, Catholism is a faith practiced by over 17.3 million people in India which represents less than 2% of the total population. Most Catholics reside in South India, particularly in Goa. I found the bus travel in Goa to embody this Christian belief in its slogans. I mean: where else on Earth would you find that label on a bus? Not the U.S. I'll tell you that much.
Whilst on the beach in Anjuna and then Calangute, we saw a bar with this sign, which brought back so many memories since Cocktail is one of my favorite movies, and my friend, Robert Cort, produced the film.
Lastly, we journeyed to Palolem Beach, where we stayed for the remainder of our time in Goa. Of all of the places in Goa that we saw, Palolem is by far the best. What an incredible beach!!
We watched the sun set every night over the Arabian Sea with a cocktail in hand
We stayed at the most incredible resort. For US$10 a night, we stayed in these incredible huts right on the beach
This beach was amazing. The water was so calm, yet very salty, so it was great to float in. A funny tidbit: the opening sequence of The Bourne Supremacy was filmed at this beach, and it truly is every bit as beautiful as it appears in the film. And the restaurant featured in the film had the absolute best garlic naan that I had in the whole country!
More cows: this time in the entryways to restaurants...
More cows on the beach, of course, along with all of the stray dogs. They really need to spay and neuter their pets in India. I swear--some veterinarians would have serious business throughout the country, as strays are absolutely EVERYWHERE! It's kind of hilarious, except that the poor things have to dig through the trash to find scraps to eat..
Luke and Adrian met back up with Anna and me for a fun reunion for a few days. We had a great time watching the sun set before I set off to head up to Mumbai