The Indian province of Goa has over 70 kilometers of beautiful beaches and excellent cheap food. That combination kept me in my beach hut two weeks longer than planned. India’s transportation network kept me there another two weeks. Flying in and out of Goa seems relatively simple, but leaving by land proved exceedingly difficult. When […]
Sea Kayaking in Goa: Hard Work Masquerading as Fun
Kayaking looks like a lot of fun on the surface, but that fun comes at a cost. I’d been watching people glide through the water in their kayaks and soar through the air on the tops of the small waves that break on Palolem Beach in Goa, India ever since the day I arrived. We […]
Capture the Color and Watch Other People Win Prizes
TravelSupermarket.com’s annual Capture the Color contest is back, which is a great opportunity for me to watch other bloggers with much nicer photos than mine win some prizes. I actually wasn’t going to bother entering at all, mainly due to laziness, but when Corrinne from Reflections Enroute nominated me, I resolved to go out and […]
Redefining Greek Salad on Goa’s Palolem Beach
One of the greatest things about traveling in India is the abundance of cheap, yet tasty food. Even the lowest priced dishes from the filthiest street carts rarely taste bad and for a few more rupees, you can get some pretty amazing meals. Nevertheless, every western visitor will eventually crave some western food; and you […]
Indian Cow Eating Trash From a Dumpster
A bull having a quick roadside snack in the small town of Canacona in southern Goa, India. In a country where cows are revered and rarely turned into delicious foods, there’s not much incentive for people to take care of them (not the males anyway). As a result, cows live a pretty independent life (I […]
Goan Death Van in India
Traveling in India, you will likely find yourself on at least one bus so decrepit with a driver so insane, you’ll be convinced you won’t survive the journey, so I suppose it’s only fitting that your last ride ever be on a converted public bus. At least that’s what they use in Canacona, Goa. The […]
Thanks to the Nazis, Swastik Products Will Never Sell in the West
Swastik, meaning ‘auspicious’ or ‘lucky’ is a common given name in India and there are countless businesses that carry it. So thanks Nazis, for forever ruining a good word and a cool-looking symbol. Oh, and killing millions of people in a pathetic attempt to conquer the world. But mostly the symbol. Assholes.
Dear Hawkers in Goa: I WANT NOTHING!!
“I want nothing….” The second most common phrase you’ll hear in Goa and in any other touristy area of India really. The reason for this, of course, is the most common phrase, “Hello my friend, you buy __________.” Whether you’re lounging on the beach, sitting in a restaurant, browsing shops or basically doing anything other […]
Billboard for Anti-Pollution Lotion
Sunscreen? Let the smog handle the sun’s rays and just get yourself some anti-pollution lotion instead.
Holy Cows on the Beaches of Goa
Without a doubt, the happiest cows on earth live in Goa, India. They live a charmed life, spending their days sunning themselves on some of the most beautiful beaches around and, as holy animals, they face little danger of becoming a steak or a burger. While other Indian cows wake up and begin foraging through […]