South India Trip Day 6: Welcome 2016 – NYE in Goa
I would like to apologize for the late updates, The combination of too much awesomeness and bad internet did not work in my favor. During the middle of the trip, I decided that I would do all the updating as soon as I am back in Belgium.
The aftermath of Sunburn left us wanting to have a chill day before Jaya left for Malvan to meet her friends. But it was New Year’s Eve. Having spent most of my NYE’s with family, which have been usually about Family dinners and watching fireworks at the Burj khalifa, this was going to be different (To read about how to celebrate your NYE in Dubai, check this). This time we decided to go with the flow and not plan something big, we were happy to welcome a rather quiet 2016. I was curious to know what this NYE in Goa was going to be like.
10.00 am: We woke up around 10 am, got ready, the guy who takes care of the house was generous enough to offer us some Chai (He was always fun to talk with all the quirkiness and wit). I found out that I could ride the scooter last night (Read about it, here) and that meant that I could ride my own scooter this time. Jaya had to leave to Malvan around 4 pm, so we decided to visit a beach before dropping her.
12.30 pm: We got on the scooters and started our 45-minute ride to Arambol beach, which is in the North of Goa. I had been to this beach 6 years back, it was very different from the other beaches and had a lot of hipsters with cheap restaurants and fake brand shopping for flip-flops and beach shorts. On our way there, We stopped quite a bit in between to get the navigation right.
One our way to Arambol, we met Julia and Sajith from the mission rabies campaign in September, they wanted to find an accommodation for New year’s Eve, I gave them the contact of the place we’re staying in and headed off to Arambol (We saw them everywhere!).
1.15 pm: After a bit of route searching, we found the beach. We parked our scooters and started walking to the beach. This beach was much calmer with white sand everywhere, this time I could find a lot more Indians than the last time I was here.
We found a nice cozy shack and settled in. We ordered a few beers and I got a fish tikka masala and fish pakodas, they were both delicious.
The beach was calm and beautiful, just lying there and relaxing was soothing. It never knew that I had missed the sand so much. Everything was just perfect. After a couple of hours, It was time to head off. When we got back to our scooters, I realized that I had left my key on the scooter itself. I was extremely lucky to still have the scooter there, Phew!
3.30 pm: We had to find Jaya a cab; we parked our scooters near the junction where all the buses passed by. We found a driver who could drop her to Malvan for a reasonable price, but we had to wait for 30 minutes for the cab to leave.
Meanwhile, we noticed that the ATM was not working nearby and a whole lot of tourists had to take rickshaws or motorbike taxis to the nearby ATM (Yeah! Motorbikes).
The sound from the sugarcane juice machine nearby was so rhythmic that it was almost psychedelic.
We sent Jaya off, but we were going to meet her in Malvan the next day.
4.30 pm: We got on our scooters and headed back to our place, we reached our place with no troubles. We were quite tired, so we rested a bit and sipped on more Chai.
7.00 pm: We decided to go to Calangute beach or Baga beach when it turns 12. We decided to stick with one scooter this time, considering the traffic for New Years Eve.
Due to the crazy traffic everywhere we decided to park our scooter at the calangute road side and do the 2 km walk by the beach coast to Baga.
We saw a completely new side of Goa, with locals drunk on the beach everywhere and we could rarely spot any foreigners. There was Bollywood music played everywhere, with people sleeping on the sand every meter with their booze.
By the time we reached Baga, we decided to go to the same shack that we visited on the first day when we were in Goa.
The entrance fee was not too hefty, we got in and noticed that all the seats were taken or reserved. But just before we could decide something, the guy who served us the other day saw us and looked excited to see us, he made space for a table and got us seated.
10.00 pm: We were having a nice time, with some drinks and sheesha. The place got a bit crowded as the night got closer to 12.
We headed out at 11.50pm to watch the fireworks; there were fireworks all over the coastline. The place was lit up and was beautiful to watch, this went on for about 30 minutes.
We got in after 10 minutes of fireworks watching. The waiter who served us was really happy and I just went over to the guys serving at the place and started dancing with them, they were really happy and I was offered a free beer.
Was nice to see some happy faces, there were New Year wishes all around after that.
1.30 am: We started making our way back around 1.30 am, we walked back all the way and got to the scooter.
The traffic had gotten worse and I was falling asleep. I remember this one incident very well, we were stuck in one place for over 30 minutes with the scooter and there was an ambulance, which could not move at all.
It was crazy and to make things worse I was falling asleep on Brecht’s back. Finally, we made it back home at about 4 am and went to sleep.
We were going to leave for Malvan the next day and I had absolutely no idea what to expect, so it was going to be fun.
See you with the next post!
Happy New year 🙂