We were greeted by the pleasant, warm afternoon air as we rolled out our luggage through the airport doors at Dabolim airport, Goa. It was thrilling to be on a vacation again. (I never get enough of them!). We chose to stay on Varca beach which happened to be 35 kilometers south of Dabolim airport. The drive to Varca beach was scenic. As we drove on, we left the hustle and bustle behind and entered a calmer and quieter side of Goa. Cruising through the green countryside, I couldn’t help but get lost in my own feel of a paradise. Driving on those tree lined roads, crossing the picturesque villas nestled amidst the greenery around, the cool and fresh air. We loved all of it. It was beauty undefined.
We checked in our resort and were given one of the corner villas. Once in our room, I quickly arranged our things in the cupboard. I loved the sitting area which opened into a balcony overlooking the poolside. I stood there for a while enjoying the rocking music that played at the poolside bar. We had our lunch, showered and rested. It was off season (monsoons) so in the evening the resort staff advised us to not go to the beach as it would be dark and empty. So we spent the evening walking around the resort, hanging out at the poolside, enjoying the music, the good weather and a relaxing dinner.
Next day, after a heavy and amazing breakfast, we walked ourselves to the beach. Reaching the beach, we could hardly see anyone else around. We had the entire beach to ourselves. I felt calm and realized that I could relax and rejuvenate far away from the relentless crowds. I felt happy to experience the quieter, natural side of life. We sat there sunbathing for a while, feeling the breeze, enjoying the gorgeous views of the sea. We happened to witness some ships on the horizon at a distance. That part of Goa felt like an idyllic village with nothing but dense forests, deep seas and clear skies stretching all around.
Our days started passing by in a way we could
only imagine in a paradise. Every day we put on our sunglasses and hats, grabbed a bottle of water, slipped into comfortable footwear and walked to the beach. We spent our time witnessing gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, walking along the beach, absorbing local flavours and culture. Lazing and soaking the sunshine on the shimmering strand of sand stretches, we had found our own sand based paradise.
A world away from the busy city life, all we had was languid luxury on our minds. All we did was dip our toes in the sea and let the slower pace of life consume us. Every evening as the sky turned many shades of orange and yellow, the beach seemed a different place. We watched as the locals poured in for a walk or a jog and the children played football.
As the darkness used to set in, the strong winds and the roaring waves kind of intimidated us. That was the time we chose to return to our room, to shower and indulge into a long, relaxing dinner.
Our dinners we had in a lovely seaside restaurant. We spent our time there digging into different varieties of seafood whilst listening to the hum of conversations drifting through the room.
As we approached the end of our stay in Goa, we tried to calm down our landscape photography and selfie taking mode. We shut down our cameras and let ourselves be “IN” the moment. The waves whispered to us “Let your soul and spirit fly”. So we did. And we wondered how long were we going to be like this. Because as the saying goes, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”.