Back to Goa, and Delhi (2018)


So we are going back to Goa for some Ayurvedic treatments and Delhi for some shopping. I will try to post everyday here, depending on a Wifi signal.

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This was last year (2017) in Mandrem Goa on the rooftop of the hotel.

 

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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.

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( 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.

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( The group doing their daily meditations on the rooftop )

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( 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.

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

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( This is me chilling at the hotel )

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( We did an excursion to see Old Goa )

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( 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. )

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( There he is. )

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

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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.

Ok, more about my home.


I cannot help it. It is just too beautiful.

I found a few more pics I want to post here.

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This is where I hung out with a cup of coffee chilling and listening to roosters signing and sometimes the rain coming in.

 

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My family owns some property in the mountains. This is the view from the balcony looking down at the river.

 

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My uncle loves to plant stuff. Here are some of his cool plants. I got on the roof to take this shot.

 

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I love these old houses from Pointe-a-Pitre.

 

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This is the view from Fort Fleur d’Epée.

 

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Pointes des Chateaux is the Eastern most tip of the island. There is a giant cross up on that hill and it’s about a 15 minute hike to get there.

 

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Another amazing beach.

 

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The view os the sunset behind my friend’s  house was so cool. I could look at this for the rest of my life.

 

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This is the house I stayed in.

 

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This is another beach called Raisin Clair. The restaurant there had the BEST cunch!

I have flash backs throughout the day. I feel I am still there sometimes.

 

Secluded beach in Guadeloupe


So this might be my last post from Guadeloupe for now since I am back in the frigid cold of Saint Louis Missouri.

I absolutely love this beach. I don’t like to be where there are many people. This beach was perfect for me also because I could find many corals that I want to use to make jewelry.

I’ve made a small video for your enjoyment and to show you why I love this place.

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I haven’t been home in a while so my friends brought me to a secluded beach. It is such a lovely intimate quiet place. I spent the whole time looking for beautiful pieces of corals on the shore. 


I took comfort in the sounds of the waves crashing and wind and birds up above. I collected quite a few coral pieces. I am hoping to make jewelry with them. 


The searching and finding of pieces was like a meditation in stillness and peace which I desperately needed. 


I also found pieces of drift wood. I am not sure yet what I will do with them. 


Oh and a natural sponge as well. Nature is amazingly beautiful. 


You can see here the amount of coral piece that is in this beach. 


This is the beach. Stunning, no?

I would use every little time I had to go up there even if it was for thirty minutes. 

As my time here is coming to an end I have mixed feelings about where I am in life. I know the perception of life here is skewed because I am in vacation but I can’t help thinking that this place is paradise, that life is short, and that I need to decide soon where I want to live. 

I flew back home. Now my arms are tired. 


It has been three years since I have been back home to Guadeloupe. It is a small French island in the Caribbean. Norwegian has the absolute cheapest flights. 


I forgot how beautiful it is. My favorite part is to just sit on my friend’s porch, feel the breeze, listen to the sounds of roosters, dogs and just chill. 

I don’t know why things are so tense in the States, or why I am so tense. Maybe it’s the weather. The cool breeze seems to rock me to sleep. 


This is the view from the shower. 


And this is the view from the top of Fort Fleur d’Epée. 

I would love to come back here. I always say this every time I come. Maybe one day…

A Much needed break.


So Jennifer and I went to Chicago for a much needed one day mini vacation.

We had a great time. We travel well. Maybe it’s because we are easy, lol. We got there in time for breakfast so we went to Cafe Sel Marie. It’s a great place for breakfast and lunch in Lincoln Square.

Then we went to one of my favorite store Merz Apothecary. The wonderful smells tickle your brain as you walk into this old place. The floor to ceiling shelves are full of all sorts of products you would ever need for your hair, skin, teeth and even stomach. Yeah, I had to take a digestive tonic. I ate too much. It tasted like Jaegermeister

We drove to Millenium Park and went to the Shedd Aquarium. We spent a few hours there. It was like another world, an underworld of strange and beautiful creatures. Jenn even touched a huge fish. He seemed to like it. The dolphins were fun to watch. I don’t know if the other guests realized they were trying to mate. It would be nice to have a retractable penis. Hmm, I guess we do, but I mean a fully retractable one where the whole package would slide back in. My favorite were the Beluga whales.

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After we checked in the River hotel, we walked to the Christkindl Market to drink some yummy Gluewein. It’s this hot spicy sweet red wine they serve you in this collector’s mini mug. We wormed our way to a tall table where some guy joined us with a plate of beignet looking funnel cakes. It looked so good I had to ask him if I could taste one. He said go ahead. That made Jenn laugh. 🙂

We then made our way to a Thai place when Jenn almost choked to death after eating some  extremely spicy sauce.

Yadiyadiyada (sex was awesome), the next day we walked to the best breakfast we’ve ever had. This place is called Wildberry and pancake cafe. The food was amazing. Everything was made with the freshest ingredients.

We decided we had to walk through Millenium park to digest a bit. We took some pics at Cloud Gate of course.

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This was a great mini vacation indeed.

 

Rickshaw ride with friends in India!


Every year my mom and I bring people to India. This is Varanasi. We’re on our way to see the Ayurvedic doctor.

Varanasi is a holly city right on the Ganges (Ganga) river. Shiva is the main deity. There is one temple right on the river where they cremate bodies 24 hours a day.
It’s an amazing ritual that has gone on for more than 3000 years.

The Buddha gave his first sermon near there in Sarnath which is about 20 minutes from Varanasi.

Off to Varanasi…again


It is surreal to be out of saint Louis. The sounds and images bombarding my brain are confusing at times. I forget how quickly one gets used to his surroundings and think that this is the whole world.
I love thinking and dreaming but nothing compares to actually physically moving your ass somewhere else.

I’m at Newark airport with friends on the way to Delhi, and then Varanasi. These are cities in India. India is a country that the people of a small island called England invaded a while back.
They left eventually because of this one man that managed to outwit them by beating them at their own game.

Newark isn’t that bad. I guess I was expecting worse since my mom complained after she had to take a bus to go from one terminal to the next.

I’m sitting at a very modern café where you can charge your phone, order a plethora of food and drinks and even pay from a touch screen in front of me.

I had a dessert and coffee.

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The next leg of the trip will last 14 hours. Yikes.

That’s all for now.
Will write later.

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We arrived in Varanasi and stayed at Ganpati guest house. It is a beautiful place right on the Ganges river.