You remember how i longed for a vacation, i talked about it here and here…. And how i wanted to go to Goa in place of a road trip to Leh?!?
So when on a one fateful day, a kind airline (?!?) decided to slash rates, we grabbed opportunity to fulfill my wish of vacationing in Goa and booked the tickets ASAP….Then followed booking hotels and we were set to go to Goa 🙂
But until we really left we were not sure whether we will be able to really go!!!! Why?!?! Because we have a toddler at home, you see…
Zini got a throat infection 2 weeks before, and this time it took longer for her to heal…But thankfully, the fever left a week before the vacation, and the doctor reassured us that we can travel, Yaaaaay!!!!
And then on the night before travelling, we had the horror story played in our home….
But braving all odds 🙄 finally we managed to board the flight to Goa… Zini enjoyed the flight very much….with endless munching of potato sticks and chips (yes, i relented for the peace of my mind) and watching clouds in the sky, what’s not to like?!
Weather was so different in Goa, which made me realize once again, how vast and diverse our country is!!! All our woolens came off the moment we landed in a warm Goa afternoon….Zini took her nap in the cab on the way to hotel on the Candolim beach…
And once at hotel, Zini and i couldn’t wait to go to the beach!!! After dropping our luggage and changing into Goa cloths (Shorter cloths!!!) at 5 pm we all rushed to the beach, which was just 5 minutes walk from our hotel 🙂
And this is the part where Zini goes mad!!!! This was her 2nd time at the beach. I knew she will enjoy the beach, because 1st time we took her to a beach (In Dandi), she wasn’t afraid at all and wanted to run towards the sea the moment i put her down!!! And that 1 year old, who didn’t leave me alone for a moment, happily ditched me and went with anybody who offered her to take to the sea!!! Did i say, Matlabi ladki?!
So, Zini was crazily happy happy to see her old friend Sea again!!! And rushed to hug it’s welcoming waves!!! Which made us also run after her and jump into the waves!!!
The original plan was to take a walk on the beach and settle at a place and watch the sun going down in the sea….Haha!!! Impossible plan i would say!!!!
2 of most important people of my life…Enjoying sea at the sunset (day 1)….
But it was all worth it…We had so so so much of fun in the sea….
We came back to the hotel when the sun set on the Arabian Sea or as Zini says Sun Sea mein Naahi karne chala gaya (Sun went to take a bath in the sea!!!) and took our bath…
Later we went for a walk. There are so many foreigners around that for a moment you may feel that probably you are not in India!!!!
After the walk and dinner we settled in our balcony for an excellent view to the pool and live entertainment by poolside!!!
And then conked in the bed for much needed rest….
Next day we hired a scooter. and this resulted in hubby and i bantering over who will drive…I felt (and still feel) that i drive a 2 wheeler better than him…So finally i won, Zini solemnly stood in the front (thinking that she is driving!!!) and we drove to the Baga beach….
Zini and I, ready to ride……..
Once again, Zini went mad at the sight of sea and we followed her in….This was the time when i felt that i should haveput a leash on this girl!!! But in absence of the leash, we had to make do with our hands, which meant once in the sea, we never let that little hand go….
Rushing to the old friend – The ocean….
This day we also took a ride of water scooter (of course one by one) and got disappointed at the nature and length of the ride!!! It was fun while it lasted, but there was nothing of memory making material in it, Sad….
Finally we had to pull Zini out of the sea…Telling her that now she has to drive us back to hotel, helped!! And she came out of the sea to resume her duty of driving the scooter 😉
After a lunch and afternoon siesta by Zini we were ready for another outing. This time we rode towards the river and took a boat ride to watch Dolphins. From my last visit to Goa, i remember not being too impressed with this kind of ride, so i was not too keen on it…But as we had promised a boat ride to Zini, we thought of giving it a go!!!
But i was surprised this time!!! We saw not 1, not 2, But 3 Dolphins!!! Zini was really happy to see them and started singing her own version of “Machhli jal ki raani hai” which ended with “cooker mein daalo to pak jayegi” 🙄 (something she learnt at School, i believe)!!! She also shared her wisdom about the fishie washing her hair in the water (Fishie apne baal dho rahi hai?!?!) which had the people around in splits!!!
Zini has spotted a dolphin!!!!
In the night, we drove the length and breadth of the Fort Aguada road on our scooty enjoying the cool breeze and the holiday atmosphere and finally settled for a dinner at Domino’s!!!!
Next day, we had to change hotel as we had booked 2 hotels. Why?! Because hubby wanted to diversify the risk!! His thought: In case, one hotel is not good, the other will be good and our vacation won’t be ruined.
Well, both the hotels were great!!!! But we had the bookings and we had to shift…
More about 2 more days in the next post…..Meanwhile Enjoy the pics…
Exploring places by the road….
- Walk on the beach at sunset….