Trip to Goa

Mom and I organize trips to India every year centered around Ayurveda. This year we went to Mandrem Goa. Goa is unlike any other Indian State. It was colonized by the Portuguese and still has a strong Catholic presence as well as the taste for alcohol. This is probably why most people, including Indians, go there to have fun and party on the beach without Allah, Shiva or Krishna watching you.


( This is the beach in Mandrem. It’s a very long beach. Most people don’t swim in it. )

We were there for a different kind of fun. 🙂

We found an isolated place with the Ayurvedic clinic right across the street…well, when by street I mean dirt road. The soil is a beautiful red.


( The group doing their daily meditations on the rooftop )


( Some of the technicians. Ladies massage ladies and men men )

The Ayurvedic technicians are from Kerala, the birth place of Ayurveda. These trips are rejuvenating, both mentally and physically. Living in the modern and ‘civilized’ world takes its toll on the body. I know I would get sick if I didn’t get at least one week of treatments every year.


( You had to cross a river in order to get to the beach )


( This is me chilling at the hotel )


( We did an excursion to see Old Goa )


( This is where St. Francis Xavier’s body is ‘buried’. He’s in a tiny coffin. I guess people were just smaller then. His body is almost intact. )


( There he is. )


( The guy on the bottom right looks like he’s taking a selfie )


This is the beach in Calengute where most people hangout. They also hang out in Baga.

Ok, this is all for now. My next trip will take me to Thailand. This will be my first time there.

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