19.01.2012 30 °C
We arrived in Goa December 19 and after one full month of sublime bliss we are about to fly to the Thai island of Phi Phi where we will hook up with my sister Lara and her fiancee Lindsay. Hooray!
My memories of Goa are paradoxical in that the long, lazy days have blurred together yet recollections of moments and experiences remain clearly fixed in my mind: a sweet water lake separated from a dancing ocean by a narrow strip of sun burned beach, a writhing sand dragon with coconut eyes and palm frond wings, Ajit's scotch- induced wisdom on Christmas, "Marzipan is the essence of the earth", home made party hats proudly placed on our heads as we were the fun table for New Year's Eve, our two year old nephew Rohan's exited cries of "Mana"' "Laish" and "Noni", the lingering sunset seen from a cliff-top Greek restaurant, the boys and I on the grounds of the Taj hotel playing chess with pieces so big Aleix couldn't lift them, Meera's face of delight and terror as she struggled to keep her bikini bottom on tight as the waves tried mightily to pull them off, the sound of Sol's violin wafting over the hotel's banyan and coconut trees, the excitement of the kids as they ran to greet our Yukon friends Kyle, Jen and Lucia upon arrival, the repeated delicious bellyfuls of fish tikka, garlic naan and sweating cold Kingfisher beer, Team Toews Sarin riding rented Hero bicycles on empty beaches with nothing but the sound of wind and waves to accompany us, adults and kids alike cheering on their favourite at our poolside paper boat races, the tear in Meera's eye as she hugged our San Francisco friends Chris and Shannon goodbye, three Indian rockers at an ocean side bar moving seamlessly from Nirvana to the Beatles while the crowd both foreigner and local lapped up every guitar riff and drum roll, 30 degree plus weather and clear skies - every day without fail.
I believe it is better to leave a place with a tinge of sadness than with pure joy. That said, it is with somewhat heavy hearts we leave our India. But we also leave with eager anticipation of the yet to be beheld wonders of the Buddhist lands of southeast Asia.