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India: Goa Arrival & Intrepid Farewell

Concluding the whirlwind trip in hazy, hippy(-ish) North Goa

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Welcome to Goa (man)!

We took a nice easy 1 hour flight from Mumbai to Goa.
For some reason or other we were upgraded to a 4 star resort called 'Sun Village' in Baga, back of the net! (as Alan Partridge would say).
It was a great place for the group to wind down.
In the evening we enjoyed a nice dinner on Baga beach!

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The next day some of us ventured to Anjuna's famous Wednesday market.
It is the ultimate traveller hippie fest - everything you've heard about Goa, is realised (and available) here; touts, charras, booming trance music; a myriad of stalls selling everything from faux Indian clothes (that western hippies like, but Indians would never wear) jewellery, drums, spices, electronics, etc.

One of Anjuna Market's lanes:
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It certainly wasn't all junk. I found some really nice ornaments carved from carbon.

As the sun started to descend we met up with Akhi and headed to 'Curlies', a fantastic restaurant bar, right on the beach (with a gorgeous view of just ocean from inside) and has bands playing on market day... just our luck!
It was a real mixed crowd - old hippies who probably haven't left Goa since 1971, Russian and Israeli party kids, Indian banker lads on tour, etc.
We shared a table with an older German lady who wouldn't stop gushing about the band who were about to take stage.

She was right to gush - they were incredible!

The lineup

  • Band leader: vocals, guitar, sitar, tambourine, etc... A western man. He sang in Hindi and very accomplished at everything he played. He looked like Robert Plant (today, not heyday), and probably co-wrote Kashmir with him in a haze of strong charras atop a Himalayan mountain in 1974
  • Bass
  • Keyboards (I swear he was in the original lineup of Genesis!)
  • Violin
  • Lead guitar (70's rockabilly pastiche - I think he was in The Cramps' original lineup)
  • Drums (I think he joined Genesis after Phil Collin's moved to vocals)

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Every song was an anthem, with HUGE jamouts, tabla and guitar solos, and a 70's funk flair that energised each peace. These dudes were seasoned musos and took their music and aesthetic very seriously!
By the middle of the set the whole place was going crazy!

It was a wonderful and fitting finale to the tour, and a top night out!

Overall it was a great tour with Akhi who did such an amazing job organising our transport tickets, taxis, hotels, and activities.
Intrepid is a good option if you want the hassle taken out of travelling, whilst having freedom to do what you want, and experience a country and it's culture up close and personal.

It was a bit sad to farewell the group. I guess it happens when you share such great experiences and then it abruptly ends...

Back on the solo tip for now...
Come to the City has been my solo travel anthem this year...
.... 'I'll be rambliiiiiiiiin.... WHOHOOOO!'
The War on Drugs' Come to the City

Posted by SkinnyFists 02:11 Archived in India Tagged market goa ajuna goa_hippies

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