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(Vacation Vacation) 2

Read more about the vacation here

This day we planned to visit Anjuna market…it was a longish ride from our hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed it…There was no hurry to reach anywhere, no worry of traffic and no purpose other than to enjoy ourselves!!! Loved every bit of it….Though in place of the market we reached the rocky Anjuna beach…We hanged around there for a while. Got up, close and personal with little fishes and crabs. And then took the ride back to the sandy Baga beach for a dip in the sea…Evening saw us visiting Fort Aguada and its beach!!!

Rocky Anjuna beach...

Rocky Anjuna beach…

Baga Beach...

Sandy Baga Beach…

Came night and we once again drove around aimlessly, only to come back when Zini felt sleepy 🙂

Next day once again, we went to Baga beach, today with the sole purpose of doing para sailing ..I went 1st..I was very excited as i had great memories of doing para sailing in my last vacation to Goa…But i realized that this time around it was different…Last time i ran on the beach and eventually went up in the sky, while being tied to a speed boat. I went really really high and enjoyed and excellent view of fort Aguada and the sea for good 15-20 minutes. This time we were taken in a boat in the sea and then were gradually let loose in the sky….But it was an anti-climax..It lasted for hardly 2-3 minutes 😦 Next time i go to Goa, i will not do para sailing 😦

The Para sailing let-down :(

The Para sailing let-down 😦

Later, Zini and I sat on the beach and made Castles, Temples, Chair, Bed, Computer, cakes and what not from the sand…Did i say, Zini loved the beach?!?!

Making castle...

Making castle…

In the afternoon we decided to laze around in the hotel pool…Zini finally got her way in the pool. She clung on to a tube and managed to kick her legs and move forward!!! Later she got bold enough to tell me and hubby to go swim, while we tried to hold her or her tube!!!! We all enjoyed the lazy swim in the pool 🙂

Evening saw us ride to the beautiful capital of Goa- Panjim….We did some shopping and saw the famous Church of “Our lady of immaculate conception”….Surprisingly i remembered the roads from our last visit, which was before 10 years!!!

In the night, we once again rode out to buy Zini’s Biscuits..Came back and caught old episodes of Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai in our room!!! Fun….

Next day, we rummaged our luggage for our woolens as it was time to go back. While standing outside the hotel, we didn’t feel like going back. We wished for some more time in Goa…But it was indeed time to go…

Zini taking my picture using remote - at hotel 2!!!!

Zini taking my picture using remote – at hotel 2!!!!

But you know beach has a way of coming back with you?!! Yesterday i wore the pant that i wore at Goa and in the pocket i found some sand!!! Yes, a part of beach had decided to come with us 🙂


(Vacation Vacation) 1

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...

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....

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!!!!

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....

Exploring places by the road….

Walk on the beach at sunset....
Walk on the beach at sunset….

Go (to) Goa…

– If you are newly married…So that you can fall in love (if not already) and learn that love doesn’t stem from how your loved one looks or what he wears (or doesn’t wear!!)…It stems from accepting the way your loved ones as he is…

– If you have been married for years now and can finally go on a vacation alone without worrying about diapers, schools, exams; To enjoy each others’ company once again!!!!

– To once again ride that scooty and this time with your li’l one riding with you!!!

– So that you can see how ocean unites everybody, the little and the old, the rich and the poor, the adventurer and the frightened…The ocean hugs everybody with the same loving waves!!!

– To understand the meaning of the smile the fellow sea bather gives you…..

– To see happy faces everywhere….

– If you like fish, coconut and banana (or any one of them)!!!

– To get a generous dose of Vitamin D!!!!

– To escape the cold wave riding in your city….

– To relax and to drive on aimlessly, just enjoying the nature & the weather!!!

– To sit and do nothing except watching the sun setting on the sea…

– To build sand castles and nakli chairs for everyone to sit on…

– To see your little one going crazily mad, laughing, shouting and enjoying the sea!!!!

– So that you can use that swimming costume….

– For some adventure, perheps!!

– For music by the beach!!!


Goa – Image from here

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