South India Trip Day 3: Goa – The Indian Scooter Syndrome
We just got checked into our around 2.30 pm, I took a long time to write the last post while Brecht was sleeping.
6.00 pm: We decided to go to Baga for a super late lunch/early dinner around 6pm, we got the Indian Scooter ready and we asked the guy at our place about the fuel, he said that we need to find a Gas station, and that meanwhile we could use the petrol sold on the streets (Which are a bit more expensive).
Brecht was trying out the Indian scooter for the first time, he seemed to be a bit nervous about it, but I know that he is very good with the bikes (cycles), so it was going to be okay. We went to the shop very close by, bought a litre of petrol from the shop and set off to Baga beach.
6.20 pm: We parked the Indian scooter at the public parking and paid a small amount of 20 Rs, the guy asked me to keep my things safe.
We got to Baga beach, the coastline was looking beautiful with shacks everywhere and lights glowing up the coast with different genres of music playing from each one of those shacks.
The last time I was here in September, I remembered going to this shack with a terrace and we loved it there, so we decided to go there again.
I got the seat right where I was with my people last time, I ordered a Goan fish curry with rice for all the holy love of fish and Brecht got a green curry, which he has been loving from his trip to Thailand, Brecht tried his first kingfisher beer, It’s always good to go local :D.
7.40 pm: We shifted our seats to the beach coast and just chilled there for about one hour before leaving to Sunburn.
We had to refuel our tanks before we headed off, we went to a gas station first, with some help from maps.me (Offline maps) and me navigating from the back.Brecht was already getting used to the Indian scooter, now we had no worries, except starting the scooter, which we took a long time to figure out. After getting the tank full, we struggled to start it again, a guy waiting at the station was nice enough to tell us how to start the scooter.
9.50 pm: Okay, We got lost a bit on the way, because we thought the festival was happening on the beach, but it was happening somewhere else in Vagator. We got there, there were a lot of scooters parked everywhere, we parked between two and I just bookmarked it on the map to be just sure.
We tried to enter the gates and asked them for the ticket, we were told that the entry had closed for the night and we had to come the next day (The festival people did not get permission to run it after 10.30pm, so they continue it at after parties in clubs).
10.00 pm : We had decided to go to an After party, and we went to Hilltop club which was close by. It played some psychedelic trance music, we just sat there and chilled for a bit, I was tired and bored with things preoccupying my mind. At around 10.40 pm we decided to message other friends and see what they were upto or head off to curlies.
10.50 pm: We went to get our scooter from the place we had left, we went by the road towards the scooter, and to our surprise, there was no scooter. I am very sure that we parked it there, because I had it on the maps and I also remembered the place opposite the location.
We walked up and down about 4 times searching for our scooter before we realised that the scooter was either stolen or moved to another place. I decided to call the guy who owns the scooter, he suggested that someone might have taken the scooter by mistake, as some keys work in other scooters. There was a period of 30 minutes with a lot of confusion, walking up and down, staring at scooters and a million taxi drivers asking for a ride.After cross checking all the information that we had, I was very sure that this scooter which was right there had to be the one, I told the owner that there was a similar scooter there but of a different brand, luckily we Indians put our mobile numbers on our scooters. I gave him this number and he was going to call him, while I was waiting there. Meanwhile, I wanted to make a police complaint, so I went searching for the station which was about 10 minutes away. Halfway between that walk, the owner of our scooter called and told me that someone had taken our scooter by mistake and that he is coming back to return it and he asked if we could wait for another 15 minutes (We were right about the other scooter).
12.05 am: A lot of locals asked us what happened and we explained, they tried to solve the problem in their own way. I was distracted and it helped, I did not worry about the scooter at all, I was sure that it was going to be alright. For a moment we were thinking if this guy is going to be really coming. At about 12.10 am, this guy comes in and says sorry and I had a big smile on my face and said it’s okay.
We were more than happy to see the scooter back, The guy’s name is Chaitanya, he was truly sorry and it was a genuine mistake, basically him and his group of friends had 8 scooters parked and they mixed up the keys and they took ours by accident. He wanted to refuel our tanks, but I could see that he had like 50 Rs in his wallet, we talked for a bit and got on our ways. Brecht asked me if we should head back or still continue to Curlies. I made it very clear that we are going to Curlies and we were not going to let this affect us. We was quite stunned by what had happened, we lost our scooter, we spotted the right scooter which was mistaken for ours and we got the scooter back. Well, it was time for reality and Curlies.
12.30: We headed off to Curlies, I was navigating from the back and I decided to take the route by the shore, which I had no clue about. We were on a really bumpy sandy road, crossing shops and stray dogs. This one street seemed a bit too shady, there were a bunch of guys from the shops who smiled and said “Hello sirrrr, Want to smoke? MDMA” , Brecht said “No, thanks” and I just shouted “No”. The streets got much better after we crossed that, the roads were still tiny though, we got to the curlies parking area and this time we made sure we knew exactly where it was.
1.00 am: We were at curlies, we entered this new area which was set up, I have never seen this before, it was pretty awesome with a lot of trippy decorations and lights.
The music was hardcore Techno rave, and it was starting to get me moving after a while. The views were spectacular, with the beach less that 30 meters away from the party, food and drinks served and some loud thumping music right on the beach.
We were there till about 3.30 am and decided to not stay till 6am (haha, I think it was a good idea). We had a great time and decided to come back again and this time our scooter was there.
3.40 am: We had a dog barking at us on our way back, it was a close call, Brecht did well to evade it. We reached home quite fast on our way back. We told the guy at the property about what happened, he seemed a bit confused. We laughed a bit and headed off to our rooms, and I tried typing this this, and of course, I didn’t last long 😀
Today will be our first proper day in Sunburn and Goa, looking forward to more fun today 🙂
See you guys soon!