Sossegado - Ho Ho Merry Christmas
Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
79Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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A few days before Christmas I was awoken by a horrendous screaming and squealing and leaped out of bed to see what was going on. From my vantage point on the first floor balcony I could watch my landlady and her family chase some piglets around the garden. they eventually caught one and this was soon slaughtered with more shouting from the family and squealing from the pig. Goa has a specialty called Sorpotel - This is for special occasions and is made with diced pork liver, kidney and heart and can be pickled
Goa being an ex Portuguese area is generally Christian so most people will be celebrating Christmas. Decorations only started being put up 3 to 4 days before Christmas. A lot of the houses string up lights and build little nativity scenes in front of their houses. As usual in India there are always lots of fireworks. Most of the holiday makers here are from Europe so Christmas Eve was the big celebration. Christmas day was therefore very quiet with most people nurselings hangovers. My landlady came around and hung some decorations on my door and gave me a plate of sweets, biscuits, fruit and sweetmeats. I was really touched by this. So at least I got 1 present for the year!!!
Right next to my apartment is a bakery that looks like it is in a cave. It is really primitive but they back most of the bread for the village. The best thing is when we get home after night out the first loaves are just coming out of the oven so for a few rupees when get lovely hot fresh bread.
Nightlife in Benaulim is fairly erratic. Some of the venues advertise live music and when you get there you find someone sing Abba songs while playing a Casio keyboard
Tonihgt we off to a Full moon party which will then be followed by Julian Marley who is supposedly related to the late Bob and then off to another disco/karaoke/ club called Fiplees. No doubt the next day will be at the beach recovering.
So all in all I am having an awesome time in Goa. As they say Sossegado - chilled - relaxed - calm.
I trust you all had a great Christmas and all the best and happy and safe travels in 2013