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Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

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Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

We are in the final phase of our countdown as we fly on Sunday and it already seems like there are so many things we are hoping to do in our two precious weeks in Goa that if we do not start planning a few days then we will not get it all done!

I had an idea. I asked by hubby to make a list of the 10 things he was most looking forward to experiencing in Goa and I did the same. We then compared notes on which things on our "wish lists" were similar so we can try and make sure we both get to do as many of the things we long to do as we can.

Of course everyone is different and I know many of you ladies will have handbag shopping and sunbathing on a list while neither of those was on my list but I thought it could be an interesting exercise for people to list their top ten desirable experiences while in Goa and share them with the rest of us.

Mine were as follows:

1, A trip with Uday (bird watching guide) in his dug out canoe on the river in the bird sanctuary at dawn

2, Getting some really good photos of the bee eaters

3, A trip to Panjim market - to see the meat, fish, fruit and vegetables

4, watching the fruits bats in Agonda

5, Eating fish curry rice

6, An evening at The Stone House when Pascaol is playing

7, Hopefully getting invited to visit our taxi drivers home to deliver gifts to his family

8, At Agonda, throwing small waste fish into the air as the Brahminy kites swoop down to take them in mid air

9, Sunset(s)

10, Spotting a bird I have never seen before (and correctly identifying it!)

On the other hand my hubby's list was:

1, Hiring our Royal Enfield Motorcycles

2, Visiting Agonda

3, A trip with Uday (bird watching guide) in his dug out canoe on the river in the bird sanctuary at dawn

4, A dolphin watching trip

5, visiting the new version of The Rising Waves restaurant

6, Having a proper shave and haircut

7, A day in Panjim

8, Evenings at The Stone House

9, Lunch at Chocolatti

10, Visit to the aviation museum

So over to you folks - what are your 10 things on your wish list

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1. Re: Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

1. Getting the train down from Mumbai - always a magical journey

2. Having a cup of tea with Virginia, my lovely landlady

3. That very first walk down to the beach that make your heart sink with the year long yearning to be back

4. The mad bus ride into Calangute - just because you can!

5. A beer in Calangute - probably the Public Bar

6. The mad bus ride back to Candolim - just because you can!

7. Get off the mad bus ride and go upstair to Snow's bar for swift one.

8. A curry at my favourite place (no names no pack drills!)

9. A stroll to Bending Bamboos and smile at people having a lovely time.

10. And this is the best one - waking up in the morning and thinking I could do all of the above today if I wanted to!

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1. Feeling the butterflies of excitement as we step off the plane and onto Goan soil.

2. The bumpy ride down the little road into Agonda.

3. Sitting with my feet in the sand, gin and tonic in hand and lovely hubby sat next to me whilst we watch the first and many sunsets of our holiday.

4. Trying really really hard to not shout "shut up" at the crows!

5. Ditto the barking and howling dogs, who have just woken me up, but knowing that the sound of the waves will lull me back to sleep.

6. Eating lots of lovely freshly prepared veggie food everywhere and anywhere in Goa.

7. Walking along Agonda Beach at night time lit up by the moon.

8. Feeling the lovely warm sunshine on my face.

9. A visit to ingos Saturday night market for some good music, great atmosphere and lovely thalassa food.

10. Laying a flower in the sea at Arambol beach to drift out to sea in memory of a very special man who also held Goa very dear to his heart.

I wish I could have more than 10 but I would be here all night!

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3. Re: Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

1 a day of bliss on Querim beach.

2 my favourite jalfrezi at kebabs and curries in Calangute

3 me and hubby clinking our glasses together as we enjoy our first kingfisher of the holiday

4 staying in a hut on the beach in agonda

5 our first fresh fish lunch at the golden eye shack in Ashwem

6 waking up on the first morning to brilliant sunshine

7 the smell of woodsmoke

8 enjoying a milky coffee at the German bakery in Arambol

9 watching the world go by from the rock cafe in Calangute

10 the wonderful sunsets

Edited: 28 January 2014, 20:20
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4. Re: Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

1. Having a big cheesy smile as we step off the plane in Goa , knowing that we have left winter days behind.

2. Walking down the Calengute road trying not to get run over our way to the beach

3. Having that first ice cold Kingfisher at Dommats beach shack

4. Feeling the heat of the sun on the beach thinking I've got three weeks of this

5. Jumping into the lovely warm sea and swimming with the waves

6. Having that ice cold Kingfisher at the public bar as we come off the beach

7. Having my first fish curry rice & Domatts special

8. Seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time

9. Visiting the Saturday night market Ingos

10. Watching the sunset on the beach and hotel balcony

Roll on 23rd February 2014. Three weeks of sheer bliss........

Owen & Maria

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5. Re: Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

What a fantastic idea for a post

1. Standing at the top of the steps exiting the plane and getting the first blast of heat.

2. Smiling to myself and OH in the taxi at the familiar smell that is Goa.

3. Visiting new beaches and areas.

4. Overnight stay in a beach hut.

5. Listening to the lads who come from Manipur to work the season, love their tales of home

6. Smiles of recognition from those that we only see once a year, the shack lads, our taxi driver and some local shop keepers

7. Sitting on the balcony in the morning watching and listening as Goa wakes up

8. Anticipation of what wildlife we may see this time

9. Going about the day at a too slow to catch a cold pace

10. Being spoilt for choice with all the lovely places to eat

Six weeks to go ...........

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Best of luck to all it's very nice place to learn new about the things. I new and learning from these great posts

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7. Re: Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

1. Getting off the plane and feeling the heat.

2. Seeing the plastic statues in arrivals.

3. Finally finding your bags and the relief they arrived.

4. Getting on a bus that you wouldn't even see in a scrapyard.

5. Arriving at the hotel safely despite the bus.

6. Awaking next morning to wall to wall sunshine and knowing your back home.

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8. Re: Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

1. Drink

2. Eat curry.


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9. Re: Expectations, Experiences & Highlights

Wow! there are some brilliant lists appearing here. Thank you everyone for sharing. It is making me realise how many more things that you experience that just put a smile on your face and give your soul a little warm hug.

Keep them coming - it is fuelling my excitement! ...4 sleeps

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