Tag Archives: Goa

Why borrowed slippers, eunuchs and video cameras make for an interesting train ride in India

Fire extinguishers at the Canacona train station in Goa. (©MRandin)

George Winters said, “If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport”, which is why we decided to take the train to Udipi – my dad’s hometown. Continue reading


Photo of the week

Doing it their way on Palolem beach! (©MRandin)

Taking a leisurely evening stroll on south Goa's famous party beach, Palolem. ©MRandin

Goa: The state of ‘sosgado’

Juggling on Patnem Beach. ©MRandin

A man, with matted hair sits in the lotus position with his face raised to the sun. A few metres down the beach, a 30 something woman, sporting a bright pink sun dress, cavorts through the waves playing a three note tune on a tiny flute. Welcome to Patnem beach in the south of Goa – a place which fulfils every tired cliché about the state’s famous hippie culture. Continue reading

Incredible India!

Brace yourselves - Vanessa does South India!

I have a confession to make. I really wasn’t looking forward to spending two weeks in India. I had little choice in the matter, however, as my husband booked two tickets for Mumbai one evening and casually let me know about it after the deed was one.

Returning to the motherland!

I am currently writing this post from a little internet cafe in Goa, India. It’s one of the coolest (literally) places on the beach at the moment. Outside the sun’s beginning to set and a lazy walk along Patnem beach over to Palolem for a candle light dinner is on the cards.

We’ve been here a week and I’m enjoying every minute of it. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the colours – there’s so much life everywhere. Especially  in Mumbai where we first landed.

It may be a week before I can start properly blogging again. But until then, here’s wishing you all a wonderful, happy and peaceful Christmas.