Trip Start Jan 02, 2008
75Trip End Jun 17, 2008
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All I wanted at first was to be alone. For my first day I barely spoke to anyone, apart from a few friendly locals who asked me the usual direct questions (often in this order)..."Your good name? Your country? Where your husband? Your boyfriend? You have sister brother? Where your family?"
I enjoyed spending time alone, relaxing, reading, walking for miles along the beach and swimming in the sea. The water was so warm and clean and the beach is relatively quiet, with just a few beach hut cafes and guesthouses. It's easy to find peace here and I really needed that. The sunsets and sunrises were beautiful and I loved walking along the beach at dusk and dawn, when there were just a few locals and fishermen on the beach. One morning I even got to see dolphins in the sea.
When I got bored of my own company I went to a trance party, alone and completely sober, when everyone else was stoned, pissed, or high on something. Here I met a British couple, Marie and Neil, as well as an Indian guy, Gilbert, who owns a guesthouse and cafe on the beach, and I bumped into Irfan and Sean again. I found out about a full moon concert the following night so went with my new friends to a few beaches further north; Aswem, Mandrem and Arambol. We watched a couple of bands playing and it was a really nice break from all the trance music. "Prem Joshua" was a really great band, but the party ended at 10pm, because of a law to keep the noise down. I cant believe that they are so strict about it, when India is a country of no rules, or breaking them.
The highlight of my evening was definitely the motorbikes. I traveled to the different beaches on the back of some amazing bikes...fun, fun, fun! And then attempted to learn to ride one. I was appalling! But Fernando still insisted that I continue to drive, even after I had nearly driven us off the road several times. I couldn't steer! I don't know what I was doing wrong, but the bike just wouldn't go where I wanted it to and we zig-zagged everywhere...literally! It was so funny...I was laughing the whole time, when really I should have been screaming. Luckily Fernando had the sense not to trust me and clung onto the handle bars and controlled the breaks. I was pretty good with the accelerator though!
I have spent 4 days in Morjim and from the moment I arrived here I loved it. But I'm ready to see something new and I've got a new travel buddy (Sean), so it's time to hit the road again...back into India.