I finally did it! I went to India and I loved it 😉
It took me a while to publish this story, life wrote a different scenario for me than I expected, I had to step back and reorganize my life. But I’m back now, I’m growing in strength and I believe only good things are waiting ahead!
As I experienced a lot of amazing adventures during my India trip, I decided to cut the story into pieces and share them with you one by one. There are quite a few pictures coming up to! So lets begin …
For my first visit to India I chose Goa, not only because I didn’t have enough time for further travels (India is huge and transportation within it not so good), but I needed some quality time to rest and relax, and see if India and myself can become friends. Where I live, India doesn’t really have a good reputation, but despite that, something always attracted me to that place and I wanted to see it with my own eyes.
Now, after a short stay, I can already say that I not only want to, but also need to come back there and see more! See “proper” India!
Lets start the story with South Goa, which is very laid back, peaceful, perfect for a few day getaway (I was told that north is more for crazy party people ;)).
In South Goa can enjoy warm sea waters, calming sound of waves, beautiful beaches and fantastic food. If you can’t stand lying on the beach all day long, you can pamper yourself in one of the SPA offering Ayurvedic treatments, rent a kayak and try to see dolphins (it’s actually the best way, as being quiet you will not scare them away as boat engines do), swim up the river and try to spot some cool birds and wild animals, or rent a scooter and explore surrounding beaches, villages, farms and observe local life.
For those who want to party, there are some events as well, but not that many as in North – not every day.
For me South Goa is all about relaxing and being surrounded by nature. I recharged my batteries there and enjoyed every moment spent on walks, enjoying local food or talking to locals.
I found people here very friendly (smiling at you and trying to help, even if they don’t speak English), quite talkative and eager to share stories and their knowledge regarding local life and culture. You just need to be open for a conversation and don’t be afraid to start it with anyone 😉 You never know what you can find out and who is seating next to you. Very inspiring!
All tiny villages that I saw, located along the coast, are mostly being created just for the season and washed off by the monsoon that starts usually at the end of May. They are full of beach huts for tourists, you can choose from very luxurious ones (!) to a not so much ones ;), restaurants, bars and tiny shops where locals sell EVERYTHING!
I enjoyed wandering around those places and I bought myself few very cool things: leather pouch, leather notepad with beautiful stone on the cover (which I use as a diary), lots of tea, fruits and spices.
Holy Cow! They are everywhere!
In Hinduism, the cow is revered as the source of food and symbol of life and may never be killed. To me it seamed like they knew exactly how safe they are and behaved like queens 😉 you could spot them everywhere and they were not moved at all by the noise, rush, cars, bikes, etc. It was you who had to wait for such a queen to pass. It was very funny to observe.
I was really lucky to experience celebrations of a local festival during my stay as well. It was Holi, a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love.
Holi Festival celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. On this day everyone will wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. Days before the festival, the markets get flooded with the colours of every hues. It is such a colourful and joyous sight to watch, huge piles of bright red, magenta, pink, green and blue everywhere on the streets. Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water. What a fun!!!!
I’m so glad that I chose Goa for my first India experience. I had so much fun and I met some interesting people and heard many interesting stories. I think I understand their culture a bit better now, although there are still plenty of things that make me wonder…
The part of the country that I saw is beautiful, shame though India is so dirty… I still can’t understand where this kind of behavior is coming from, I can just guess after what I saw and heard… Shame :/
Still, I enjoyed every moment there and saw many picturesque sites that I will never forget. I found there all I needed at a time and it lit a spark inside me to make me wanna come back and explore more!