GOA

What a simple short detour from your daily routine can do is so tremendous, you have to just do it to know it.

When I went to Goa for the second time in May 2014 (first time was seven years before that), I was there only for a day. I remember only Baga and Calangute from it and how much fun I had with my husband in that few hours that we were there. We left Goa promising to come back with more days in hand.

One and half years later, we found ourselves on a bus to Goa and three full days to spare. Thanks to airbnb, I found the perfect place to stay. When we zoomed into the place on a red Vespa we had rented at Panjim, I had no clue what was in store for us. The room was big and spacious and the common area couldn’t have been more welcoming with the sofa, CDs, books and a coffee station.

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The Bounty Yatra guest house in Arpora.

What was even better was our host who guided us to the perfect beaches and places to eat on all three days.

We started day1 with a breakfast of poori aloo and goan samosas at Cafe Bhonsle, Panjim. If you are there, do not miss this place! It was so good that we went back there for tea on day 3 before boarding our evening bus back.

After freshening up, we headed towards Aarambol and Ashwem beaches. Vespa, though looks stylish, is not very comfortable for the person sitting behind for long rides. The beaches however blew our minds. Since most of the visitors are foreigners and few in number, the beaches are clean, pristine and beautiful. We walked along the beaches all afternoon and into the sunset. The options for food are more and better in Ashwem. We went to La Plage and pampered ourselves with some cocktails with our feet deep inside the sands.

Evening we headed for the night market and were surprised to see such crowd there and again most of them non-Indians. Even some shopkeepers where foriegners who called themselves Goan. There was food, drinks, live bands performing and shops selling everything from flavored tea to decor items. Night markets are meant for those with a knack of bargaining. You can reduce something that’s costs 600 to 200 if you have the skills. ;)

As we hit bed, we promised ourselves to splurge less and relax more the next two days. But nothing works out as planned when you are in unpredictable Goa.

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Next morning we headed towards a nearby French cafe for breakfast that we had heard so much about. And rightly so we found out when we reached there. Baba au rhum is tucked away between trees and fields and looks so French. The food was exceptional with the ciabatta being the softest I have ever tasted.

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We headed to Candolim for a good bath and ended up being there till noon. We just sat on the beach and let the waves crash us and take wherever it wants. Another neat beach in Goa to roll and play. We went there gadget less and hence no pictures where taken though a lot of them are coming into my mind right now. We decided to laze our afternoon in a shack suggested by our host in the less crowded side on Anjuna. Janet and Jones has all sorts of food you can think of, ample shade yet giving you a good view of the sea, good music and really nice crowd. I had the racing feeling to go and jump into the water again when I was three bottles down. We had amazing prawn Biryani instead and totally worth it. Just the perfect kind of shack I was looking for.

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We spent the evening watching sunset from Chapora and bought a bottle of red Grover’s on ur way back to the guest house.

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I headed to celebrate my birthday in one of the best pub cum shack I have ever been. Chronicles. I had amazing fish and chips and danced to the grooving music with the BG sound of waves crashing the dark beaches. Clock struck 12 and hubby wished me with a kiss. Undoubtedly, my best birthday ever. It was almost magical.

Day 3 took us to Aguada fort and a ride in the boat to watch dolphins. We did get a sneak peak and it was great. We headed back to Panjim with our bags to have a wholesome goan meal at Ritz Classic. It was the best way to end our trip and head back with mind full of beaches, food, bronze like tan and yet again, the promise of going back. :)

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