20.12.2006 - 06.01.2007
After Bodhgaya, I took an overnight train to Delhi on my way to Goa. I stopped in Delhi for a night to hangout with an Indian friend whom I befriended in Dharmasala. My friend was a retired ship captain who traveled the world for 30 years. I had dinner with his family, drank a few cocktails and talked about mine and his travels. The next day I took a flight to Goa to spend the holidays with some friends that I met in India. Goa is located on the western coast of India and it was once a Portugese colony. Goa is a popular place for Western Tourists to spend the holidays. My friends and I stayed in the northern part of Goa on Arambol beach. Our diverse group consisted of eight people including myself (4 english, 1 polish, 2 thai and 1 american (myself)) We spent the time hanging out on the beach, visiting the numerous restaurants, playing cricket, reading and just chilling out. On Christmas eve our group visited a delicious Italian restaurant and had a gift exchange. For New Year's Eve, my friends and I went to Ajuna beach which was about just south of Arambol. We started out the night at a bar named Curly's. At the stroke of midnight the sky was filled with fireworks and the crowd welcomed in the new year - 2007. For the rest of the night, we hung out in a bar named Giganta. It was a pretty laid back place where you could lounge on mats and hang out or head to the back to dance to the music. It was a festive and memorable new year! Spending two weeks in Goa was not a bad way to spend the holidays. Compared to the north of India, Goa has a more relaxed atmosphere. The locals are more laid back and seem to enjoy life a little more.