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Asia » India » Goa » Palolem March 17th 2023

Goa attracts many foreigners. Some come for a 2 week holiday, others come for the winter season. some as yoga teachers, some as parents putting their kids in the local international school and others as seniors escaping winter in cold countries. Taylor and I are none of those....we are the unusual ones waiting here for the weather to warm up in the home of our hearts. We could just stay in Montreal longer, waiting for spring. But despite Goa not quite feeling like home, it's still a way better place to wait out winter!! By February we've snowboarded, played in the snow and stayed inside building all the Lego we can. So now, here we are, in the most beautiful interim place I could find. It's been 3 years since we escaped a Covid lockown in ... read more
Fresh coconut, one of his favourite things
Snorkeling and playing as a new swimmer!!
Exploring and climbing

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem March 18th 2020

About 2 weeks ago, I began writing about our time in Goa and the odd transition to the nunnery, as India began it’s decent into Corona Hell. I imaged I could provide a short escape for you from the daily stress of getting sick, running out of supplies or losing your job/money during this horrific time. I’ll leave those initial thoughts here before I join the rest of you in grief and worry… Upon arriving in India, I realized it turns out taylor is a completely normal, average person…when we left the airport in Mumbai and jumped into a taxi (driven by a woman…both inspiring in India and terrifying, she was a horrible driver!) he said “whats that smell?” Has there ever been a person, ever, to react differently?!!! Social Distancing is easy in a Nunnery ... read more
Right before the cow knocked him down!
Putting out fires on our walk

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem February 2nd 2019

Namaste! In my happy place once again…but just when I thought india couldn’t surprise me, the toddler I brought with me experiencing it so differently, brings new perspectives. Last year I only guessed his emotions, his reactions. This year Taylor so eloquently describes his shock, joy, fear…the range of emotions that change minute by minute, as each new stimulation reveals itself. Some friendly faces he remembers, others he is shy to reunite with, while new friends emerge daily. Im of course happy to reunite with other traveling mommies, to have adult conversations and people I trust to watch taylor when I jump in the sea…that one time! And although taylor is an even more energetic player and faster runner…he is also capable of sitting still for longer periods. I anticipated bigger protests this year, to being ... read more
Chaudi market
First bus trip in India!
“Mommy and Taylor”

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem February 20th 2018

Exactly 1 month since our first journey to India together began and we have a daily routine that both energies and exhausts us!! Here is what a typical day looks like lately, as we enjoy our time on Palolem Beach in Goa: 7:30: Taylor wakes up to the sounds of multiple birds chirping and leans towards me, waiting for me to notice he’s awake. He kisses and cuddles me and I nibble at his waist while he giggles, still groggy. 7:34: Taylor is wide awake, sliding off the bed and looking for a ball. We’re already playing! 7:45: we eat pomegranate, with mini sweet bananas, oranges or mangos. Or I nibble at what I can while Taylor devours it all and I start cooking breakfast...scrambled eggs with onions, tomatoes and cheese and chai for me. 9:00: ... read more
Riyash, his Indian brother
Navin, Bettina’s son
Nouri, Annie’s friend who he adores

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem January 31st 2018

Day 3: I think...I’m so tired and confused about the time and day that it’s hard to actually know how long we’ve been here. But I imagine something like three days! We basically sleep and wake up and sleep and wake. As soon as Taylor wakes up, He finds a toy and immediately plays! I’ve spent the last three days trying to make sure that in addition to Taylor, all of our stuff makes it with us wherever we go. And there have been many moments on the go...a new destination and new hotel evert night so far. In the past it was quite simple... watch my bags, which are quite sedentary. I’m usually just responsible for a couple valuable items, all of which are replaceable. Now, in my care, are 3 bags and a moving ... read more
Puppy love

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem December 27th 2016

Goa; a paradise that Westerners have been escaping to for years. The first Westerners to come here were the Portuguese, who went on to rule the state for centuries. Their rule ensured a unique culture was established that marked out this small little enclave as being a bit different to the rest of India. The Westerners that have been coming here in more contemporary times however, came here not to conquer - though they have sort of done that anyway - but to do yoga and get in touch with their spirituality, take drugs and party, chill and relax on the numerous beaches, or all of the above. Ever since leaving Corfu some four months previously, I have been itching to get back to the beach; therefore chilling and relaxing on the beach was my main ... read more
Party Crew
Chapel Of St Catherine, Old Goa

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem June 27th 2016

Today was more a relaxing day than a discovering one... I went to Palolem beach in Goa. One thing that is beautiful with this beach is that the beach umbrellas are all multicolor so it embellishes the beach...I was at Palolem Beach Resort, I ate there a big cheese burger (even if it's not their food culture, it was very good), I took a small nap and after I bathed; the sand was soft and smooth and the water temperature was literally PERFECT! Today was a good day!... read more

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem February 14th 2016

Our stop off in Palolem was a welcome one. When we got off the train in Chaudi/Canacona (as if it's not complicated enough finding your way around India, some places have two names) it was around 11AM, and I'd spent 21 of the last 24 hours on various trains, due to having to go back to get my stuff from Kayamkulam! Absolute torture, and for some reason sitting on a train for a three and a half hours to do a journey that took two on the way, is more painful than being on the same train for 15 hours!. The train from Kochi to Goa was around 535rs each (about a fiver) to go 800+km! And that was at a more expensive price (I think) because we bought the tickets tatkal, which means last minute ... read more

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem April 11th 2015

I have had many happy years in my life where I experienced adventure, love, growth, happiness, friendship… 32 was not one of them! I did in fact experience all of those things in this year alone, but what forces this year off the list of happiest times is the emotional and physical turmoil that overpowered all the good. If you’re interested, I will share my story with you. It was a cold, rainy winter day… hahaha just kidding. Seriously, here it goes. I turned 32 in Dharamkot, my favorite place to be in the world, especially in April. It’s the only place I can always find peace and this year I even managed to stick to a healthy schedule waking up at 6:00 and eating only the healthy food I cooked for myself. I was nearing ... read more
Montreal looking beautiful
saying goodbye, when things were good

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem January 1st 2015

Day 11 A great 6am start to New Years Eve Day..... Out in a boat, watching the dolphins as the sun was rising. An hour trip that was well worth getting up for. I awoke this morning to dogs barking outside the hut, and in the background, I could hear the rhythmic rolling of the sea. I smiled conte try to myself and thought ... wwooaawww! After the boat ride we had breakfast on the beach. Tom and I chat such a lot, finding we regularly have similar views. We both continually agree what an amazing trip we are having. It has offered so many various aspects of India, but also the issues, and joys of backpacking. Today will be a beach day, a rare occasion before heading back onto the city. ......And a lazy beach ... read more

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