From as far back in time as I can remember, I have always wanted to have my honeymoon in Goa. As a child, we lived a couple of driving hours away from the beautiful State and having spent many impromptu family weekends there, it was one place I always felt at home and could never get bored of. The honeymoon, of course, happened elsewhere, but I always yearned to go back and earlier this month, we packed off for Goa. As in all our vacations, with all our excitement we planned months ahead, dry-wringed the Lonely Planet to dig out interesting places and charted out an entireitinerary and threw it outside the window once we reached there. We realised with the unpredictable weather, it would be difficult to be in control with our itinerary. So we ended up going with the flow and succumbed to the ‘sussegado’ pace of life that’s pretty much the norm in Goa. Sussegado is Goan for everything that suggests lazy, laidback, chill-man, enjoy at your own place… you get the drift. In fact, this trait is so infectious, it rubs on to you so bad that by the end of the trip you hate the idea of going back to a fast-paced timebound life.
The most important thing, as we have learnt from all our trips together, is to figure out the transport. We picked up a rental bike of our man’s liking for our entire trip duration – this was important to keep him motivated since he was my ride around Goa. We had booked a resort at Baga, right in the middle of the bustle and eluding the public eye, offering the much wanted privacy and tranquility we all miss while living in a metro. Beachwise, however, I prefer Candolim on other end of that North Goa seaside stretch since it is less crowded and yet in the middle of action. We stayed at a lovely resort called Alidia run by a Goan couple Alirio and Lidia – the place consists of a cluster of buildings surrounded by beautifully landscaped garden, a swimming pool and a backgate leading directly to the Baga beach, all this while the tranquil resort stays carefully hidden both from the noisy roadside and and the beach front itself. I have to credit my friend Tapo for discovering this place long back during one of our road trips when we had a great time there.