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Asia » India » Goa January 10th 2024

22.12.23 – 10.1.24 Im letzten Blogeintrag haben wir den Text zu Jaipur unterschlagen: zwischen Agra und Pushkar liegt die «Pink City», so genannt wegen der lachsfarbenen Fassaden in der Innenstadt. Verwinkelte Gassen, laubenartige Märkte, Tempel und Paläste gibt es zu erkunden, und natürlich das majestätische Amber Fort etwas ausserhalb der Stadt. Beim Lunch im Restaurant nebenan werden wir Zeugen eines Bollywood-Drehs, respektive der x-fachen Aufnahme einer einzigen Szene, in der sich ein Paar fetzt, was das Zeug hält. Äusserst amüsant. Auch Jodhpur ziert ein grosses Fort auf einem Hügel, inklusive beliebtem «Sunset-Spot», wo man allerdings vor lauter Fotografierenden die Sonne kaum mehr sieht. Einmal mehr sind wir beeindruckt von der prächtigen Architektur und den prunkvollen Innenräumen der ausladenden Palastanlagen. Ein weiterer Höhepunkt ist der Ausflug in die Umgebung der Sta... read more
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schillernde Gemächer

Asia » India » Goa November 4th 2023

4 KASIM 2024 CUMARTESİ Sabah kahvaltıda tanımadığım bir sürü yemeği pas geçerek ,bildiğimden şaşmadım. Bu kardeşler, her şeyi biraz acılı yapmayı seviyor.. Goa, Bombay ın 400 km güneyinde ,Arap okyanusu diye tanımlanan denizin kıyısında yer alan bir kenttir. Yönetim Merkezi Pananji olup, kişi başına geliri Hindistanın iki katıdır . Resmi dili Konkani…Hintçe ve İngilizce yan diller olarak okutulmaktadır… Tarihine baktığımızda, 1472 yılında Müslümanların yönetimine girdiğini diğer kaynaklar, asla terennüm etmiyor …orasını pas geçiyorlar . Dolayısıyla Hintliler, bizi “işgalci” sayamazlar . Bu Coğrafya,1510 yılında Portekizlilerin eline geçiyor .. Burası ,Portekiz’e komşu bir ülke olduğundan ! kalkıp gelmişler ve bir türlü gitmek bilmemişler.. 1961 yılında İngilizler, “yeterin ulan” diyerek... read more
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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 » Old Goa July 18th 2022

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Slowing population growth

Asia » India » Goa » Agonda June 11th 2020

Toddlers! Beware mommies! Only a mother can understand the plight of another one! Toddlers are indeed very cute, chubby, little ones whom the world adores and pampers. Their mischief, their broken syllables, and their over expressive way of making you understand, overloads there cuteness. But this cute little one has some very scary aspects. Besides nappy and potty, the most difficult thing to handle is their tantrums. Vacation on the other hand is a much needed medicine for every mother but one with a toddler is a real adventure. Here I am going to jot down some tips from my experience of a beach holiday with my 2 years old toddler. These are just to avoid a grumpy kid and make your travel at ease. 1.Toddlers love surprises!-First rule is pack less of your items and ... read more

Asia » India » Goa » Patnem May 10th 2020

Who would have thought our desire to spend more time in one place and not travel around all the time would be fulfilled so soon … ? ;-) Halfway 2019, after 2,5 years of travelling, we had been thinking and talking about slowing down, maybe stop travelling for some time, find a nice place to stay and maybe try to find fun people to work with in 2020. In Raja Ampat we came up with an idea to help someone out with his tourism business but then at the end of 2019 we were approached by another person with the question: “would you be interested to work in Maldives and manage a guesthouse?” These were all very preliminary ideas and first we would end 2019 and start 2020 in the Philippines with a fun holiday with ... read more
Happy being on an Indian train again
Tuk tuk/rickshaw
Tuk Tuk/rickshaw

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
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Asia » India » Goa December 23rd 2019

Today, our last in Goa, finds us up early and waiting outside for our driver at 6.30am, as we're heading to Dudhsager Falls. These falls form part of the border between Goa and Karnataka and are India's 5th highest waterfall. At around 120klm for the return journey, this trip is well outside our 80klm daily allowance, so will cost us extra but I'm sure it will be well worth it. It was our driver's idea to start this early, to avoid the traffic and the expected long ticket office queue later in the day. Heading south, ninety minutes later we drive into the almost deserted parking area at the entrance to Mollem National Park. A small queue is already apparent at the unopened ticket office, and we join them. When they eventually opened, we couldn't believe ... read more
Sign on the way into the falls
swimmers enjoying the water
Friendly mandarin eating monkey

Asia » India » Goa » Panaji December 22nd 2019

Hugging 162 klm of the west coast, with 54 beaches lapped by waves from the Arabian Sea, Goa is the smallest and richest state in India. It’s well known for sandy beaches, scrumptious seafood and it’s Portuguese heritage. Goa has a long history as a Portuguese colony, dating from 1510 until they were forced out in 1961. Their indelible mark is still evident in the state’s baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa. Panaji is the capital, though Vasco De Garma is the largest city. Our train pulled into the station at Margao, 40klm south of Panaji at 6.00am on Friday morning, 45 minutes late. Margao is the second largest city by population, and the commercial and cultural capital of Goa. For tourists, it’s mainly a transport hub, somewhere they ... read more
Reis Magos Fort Cannon
Reis Magos Fort
Reis Magos Fort

Asia » India » Goa » Candolim March 17th 2019

Hi Everyone, Well today is the last day of our adventure and an adventure it has been.We’ve been out of our comfort zone on more than one occasion but we rallied on?. We decided it was not a good idea to walk into the village in case it made my breathing worse again. A great shame as we passed some rather interesting shops when we first arrived here.Oh well at least we made the right devision to finish the holiday.It has been relaxing and the hotel top notch.There is a a good selection of food which is not curry.Ive been shell collecting again. The beach is covered with pretty shells. We’ve been in the pool and had a sunbath.Soon we are popping out to see our final Goan sunset. After dinner its last bits of packing ... read more
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