South India Trip Day 5: “I can ride the Scooter”
I knew that Jaya was reaching Goa quite early, we were going to be meeting after 16 years (Yeah, that happened). All she remembers about me is that I used to give pencils on my birthday when I was like six, haha. I slept quite late as usual, before sleeping I told the guy at the accommodation that my friend would be coming and that we might need an extra room. He told us that all the rooms were booked and that we could shift to a place closer to the festival and have the place for three there. We agreed on moving to this villa.
6.00 am : I messaged Jaya at around 6 am asking where she was and I was relieved to know that I had two more hours to sleep. I started writing my blog post for the day before around 9 and she was there around 9.30. I thought it might be awkward meeting a person after so long, but it was normal.
We caught up, we were all super tired. We got ready, packed things to make the move to the new place, after a lot of dragging on my part, we decided to leave.
11.45 pm: We decided to move the things using one car and now we needed two scooters because we were three of us. The Villa was in the woods, not easy to find, but thanks to offline maps, we could get the coordinates on our smartphone. We entered the place, I saw a guy cooking something in the kitchen (He seemed cool), the room was nice and basic. The guy took us to the back and showed the property, he said that the property was 600 years old (60 is a good bet, haha).
We decided to leave for Anjuna beach.
1.10 pm: I have tried riding the scooter before and the people who know me from few years back would still recommend me not to get anywhere closer to the scooter. Jaya has had some experience with the scooter, She took her’s and I got on the back of Brecht’s.
We made sure that we were all together till we reached Anjuna beach. We were towards the north of Anjuna, next to Club Nyxe.
There was a nice little beach, we went there and got our feet wet and decided to walk the market.
Anjuna beach was quite different from Baga and Calangute with much more calmer vibes, it’s shacks were quite basic but also nice in a different way.
We were always flooded by local women asking to buy things, but that happens all over India. We wanted to eat something by the beach shacks and found this place right by the beach.
We have never selected the first shack to eat so far, our selection criterias are pretty high, by that I mean we wanted a terrace 😀
2.30 pm: We got lucky to have a seat on the second floor after a bit of waiting, we gave our order.
I ordered a grilled pomfret, Brecht got a fried Pomfret and Jaya ordered some fried prawns.
We got our drinks soon, but the food took ages, as if they had to catch the fish and bring it to our tables.
The food came around 4 pm, but it was alright as we were busy catching up with each other’s lives. It wasn’t the best food, but is was fish afterall 😀
We found some local women, having a conversation with some europeans, it was funny that they were touching their hair and the whole thing looked weird (Ah, drama!).
5.00 pm: We left for Sunburn festival, we got on the scooters and set off, we were there at about 5.30 pm.
We parked at a place not far from the stage. The ambience was just like the day before, but a lot more crowded. We went a bit to the back to get a better view.
This time we stayed all the time at the Main stage, we met Julie and Sajith from the volunteering trip back in September. Sandy Samson was playing on the main stage too, this time with a much larger audience.
The crowd was already getting into the groove and filling up really quick.
8.00 pm: The final show for the festival, David Guetta was taking the stage.
We were having a great time too, there were no big fireworks, it was like the day before which was the only disappointment, the crowd was much better though. We had a great time and decided to head off to the scooters.
We wanted to go to Curlies, because it was Jaya’s last night in Goa, but we were not sure going there by scooters was a good idea. We had a choice between a cab or me riding the scooter.
10.15 pm: I decided to give the scooter a try, it was dark at the parking place. I was just laughing in my head, because I knew that this was the worst idea, but I tried anyway. It started the scooter and tried moving forward and it looked like I had learnt how to ride it, it was super fun! We left for curlies, the roads were dark, we had to ride for about 20 minutes and we were there. Curlies was just the same like the day before, a different Dj, but curlies has been one of the best things in Goa.
The Place has something for everyone, food served till late, sheesha places, calm lounges, a sufficiently big dance area and all this by the beach. We chilled up at the terrace for a bit after some dancing, I got the choco martini, which has been a favorite since the last trip. After a while, we decided to head back home, on the way back we were stopped by the cops, they asked us for the driving licence, I did not have one. I told the cop that I had given it to the owner of the scooter and he asked for my ID, he had a look and let me go. We got back, I was super tired and went to sleep.
The next day was the NYE, we were still deciding whether to go to a party (which was expensive all over Goa) or just chill at a beach.
See you with the next post!