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Things about Goa – No one tells you about!

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My country India is huge, geographically and culturally. It is not everyplace that could be called universal, in the sense that not all places would give the comfort to come and stay for people from around the globe. But there is this one place we can all call Global with a capital ‘G’. Coincidentally the place has it name beginning with a capital G as well — Goa. Although when I say ‘Global’, I might be meaning it metamorphically than literally. Being Global is good, it could not be termed non-positive. Yet I plan to refer ‘Being Global’ in a not so good fashion. What makes me say so is more interesting!

Airfare? Boom! — Earlier this year, I planned a monsoon trip to Goa. Monsoon being an off season in Goa, I had expected the flight ticket rates from the eastern side of the country to be cheaper as compared to other seasons. The rates seemed to get no cheaper; rather it was as expensive as it gets during this season.  In fact travelling to Thailand or Singapore from the same location would cost me half the price. Now that makes this place, although within the same country not a ‘just-getup-go’ location. Though it dug a hole in my budget, I decided to go anyway

Taxi fare? Really now? — So once I landed at the airport in Goa. I headed straight to the taxi stand. Going by the usual trend, I tried my hand at bargaining. It seemed like a complete no-no. Yes! And why not? the taxi drivers were too comfortable with the prices the foreign tourists pay. So without a penny less I had to pay atrocious rates to travel to my hotel in Baga. The taxi drivers have such an air about themselves such as they know if I refuse to pay his price, & he loses a customer, he would extract double the fare from some other foreign tourist.

Cafes! Indian who? — While I waited for my friends to arrive in Baga via a separate flight & city, I decided to get dropped off at a happy looking café on the beach until my friends arrived & then we would head off too our hotel together. I had trouble understanding how the waiters were busy serving the foreign tourists in the next table and did not bother to come to my table even once, as if I weren’t even sitting there. It took me 2 shout outs to the waiters to come & take my order, with a very ‘blah’ attitude. Sad that this is the treatment I would get in my own country. Sigh!

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Menu! — I noticed an English & a Russian menu, both were there on the café table. How about a menu in Hindi menu too! Hindi! Heard of it?

Shopping! — So the very day we arrived, in the evening we were in the mood to check out some of the roadside shops & vendors. Now do they pretend to not care about you! Boy! It is depressing. I was busy flipping through the things on display and bothered to ask the price of one of the things there, an apparel to be specific. Pat! Came the reply from the vendor?

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‘It’s too costly’ said the vendor. What??!!!

We strode off without much fuss!

These were some of my not-so-proud experiences in Goa. It is utterly sad & beyond doubt devastating to feel like an alien in your own country. We have a saying in Sanskrit ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ meaning guests (foreign tourists in this case) are equivalent to God. I understand all that but also have you heard of the saying ‘Charity begins at home’. Be nice to the tourists who come from far flung countries but not at the expense of treating your own people like they don’t exist. Be nice! We aren’t asking your services for free, we are paying equally, respect that. How could be expect Indians to be treated well when our own people are not doing the same in our own country.

Above all, stop discriminating people on the basis of country & origin! Treat everyone equally, since we are all humans.     

 (PS: From an Indian to all the Café, hotel, shop owners, vendors & taxi drivers in GOA)

Note: I love my country & absolutely love Goa, but I would rather be honest and accept the flaws it has as well.

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DEFINITELY Goa

Things to DEFINITELY do in GOA in an all girls trip

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Definitely 1.
Buy a bikini.
Goa has all kinds of beaches, few in which you can wear a bikini and few in which you might feel a little out of place. So, skip the afternoons and the overcrowded evenings. Try the early morning beach in a bikini in Baga or Calangute or the more calmer Morjim, feel the cold ocean in a fluorescent bikini. Nothing like the morning sea caressing you. Bliss!
Definitely 2.
Buy your poison..beer cans mostly.. soak yourself in the ocean waist down, sip from your can and celebrate the evening. I bet beer never tastes this good anywhere else.
Try this especially in the evening or at night..when the beaches are lit up with the candles on the shack tables, when the breeze is cool and the shore is not so crowded. Feel the infinity before you under the starry skies.Cheers.
 Definitely 3.
Loads of sunscreen of the highest SPF
You never want to get all tanned and spoil all the pretty pictures do you? Saline water and the sunny beach are a deadly combination for severe tanning. Stay protected.
 Definitely 4.
Dig in to the Goan Seafood.
Goan food, pickles, seafood try them all. Also don’t forget to take note that the second language used in all the menus in most restaurants is Russian 😉
 Definitely 5.
Don’t miss The Banana boat ride.
 Ok it is the funniest ride I have had in a long time, its like a self imposed accident/capsize into the saline water :P. It looks as funny as it feels to be in one.
Definitely 6.
Put on your dancing shoes and head to Club Cubana.
 It has the perfect location on top of a hill, you can see the searchlight beam from afar. The most interesting part, the open jeep ride from the parking to the club..it really gets the energy pumped up, the curvy track uphill is the most adventurous part.
(Gurls, don’t miss the girls night, madness and hot men guaranteed ;))
 Definitely 7.
Climb up the light house to catch the stunning view of Goa from the light tower.
Note: Girls!!! avoid wearing short skirts (the mistake I made). Inevitably while de-boarding the vertical metal stairs you don’t want the long queue of people below getting a glimpse J..So dress smart!
Definitely 8.
Grab a plate of magi cooked in which ever style you want after a hard hitting dance night at Tito’s lane.
The maggi stall is just outside the Titos lane and you can almost find it open at the wee hours J. Just want your would want after a crazy night for your hungry stomach. The best mid night snack.
 Definitely 9.
Drive down to Anjuna beach to watch the sun setting beyond the rocky shore and for the love of all things junk.
Also explore the flee markets of Anjuna in the mysterious looking rocks. Especially in the evenings the small flee shops amidst the rocks lighten up, also check out the several open shops selling glowing accessories and crazy junk jewelleries. Definitely a must have souvenir from Anjuna.
Sunset @Anjuna Beach
Sunset @Anjuna Beach
 Definitely 10.
Rent a jeep or a bike to explore Goa in your own style.
Sure as hell you will get lost..but sure as hell you will have the time of your life trying to figure out the roads. But do be careful as even a minor scratch on the rented vehicle can lead the your paying out heavily to the vehicle owner. So take a ride on your own risk!
Goa definitely has a lot more than just this to offer, this just happens to be my personal list of picks 🙂 We would love to hear yours as well!
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