Going Goan, and then gone!
Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
70Trip End Dec 27, 2009
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We walked down town that afternoon and checked out the scene. The tourists here are mostly long termers. I met a Norwegian guy in his 70s, whose family was grown, and he has come back here for 7 months each year for the past 7 years
We typically would walk to town to breakfast each morning, do some internet, and get back home around noon, when it really heated up. We would nap and go back out for dinner in the evening before sunset as it began to cool down. We have been lucky with the weather. It is hot (around 100) but hasn't rained or blown much. We found the double Dutch restaurant , (not on the beach) served terrific baked goods, had a fabulous breakfast, and even served steak dinners. We ate most of our meals at the Oasis, a good seafood place, overlooking the beach.
The town here is full of Yoga centers, Auyervedic herbal shops, massage schools, Mystic classes, etc. Lots of schools, and therapies available. More tattoo shops than you can shake a multi colored arm at. I took some shots of the posters which were spread all over town
Mid week we decided to walk to the north and visit the small beach just north of town. The trail ran past numerous small huts and rental places. As we clambered down the rocks to alight on the white sandy beach, I was approached by a couple of local kids who asked if I wanted to buy some hashish. I smiled as I politely declined. I had been wondering why no one had asked in the past. I had sadly thought, that I may look too old, or too "unhip". Maybe, I thought, that now , since I haven't had a haircut in nearly four months I might now look like a throwback to the 60s. Anyway, I declined their offer to purchase hashish, and probably missed the six month to a year stint in the Indian Penal system. Oh well, maybe another time.
We had a great week here in the100 degree heat, as the weather in Washington State headed below freezing.
We are now heading south again, into Kerala State. This area is known as Green India. Stay tuned.