India v.1 >> The Beach

It's high time I start posting some of my trip pics, amirite? I've put off going through my pictures thus far for a couple of reasons. One, I think I wanted it all to sink in and absorb, before delving in and trying to recreate the memories and feelings in my head. It was too wonderful to just dissect right away like that. And, two, I was hoping I would be able to share some of the pictures from some other people in the group, but we haven't been able to get that organized yet. So, without further adieu, here is the first post!
I'm going to try and break these up thematically a bit, so to start off, we're heading to the beach! This is what we did on our first full day in India, so it makes sense to start there. Goa is all about the beaches, so naturally we spent our share of time on the sand.
The little beach restaurants and shacks would be at the edge of the beach, and then they would put out chairs and umbrellas out front. You don't lay on the sand in India, apparently it's not dignified or something. The restauants make money by having waiters walk around and bring you whatever you order. Pretty sweet!
This woman was walking up and down the beach selling fresh coconuts and fruit, which she would then hack open for you. We got fresh coconuts with straws. Mmmmmmmm.... I loved the way she carried it on her head, just she and the ocean.
These guys were out fishing and were carrying their nets. At one of the beaches we were at, they would walk around selling fresh fish to the people laying out on the chairs, which you could then have the restaurant cook up for you. I don't like seafood anyway, but those fish smelled like food poisoning waiting to happen.
We went to this same beach a few times, and this woman was hands down the best saleswoman in Goa. Every time we were there, she would talk us into buying things and then paying too much for them. She was good.

I hope you enjoyed this first glimpse of my India trip! Don't worry, there's LOTS more to come. I'll try and spread the posts out over the next couple of weeks so as not to inundate you all though. ;)
It's actually a BEAUTIFUL day here in Seattle, so I'm going to get off my keister and out into the sunshine before I have to be sequestered to my desk at work for the day. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

shanti >> sondra

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  1. Ahhhh!!! I'd LOVE to visit India, especially the Jim Corbett National Park. So many amazing animals to see, including tigers!!!

  2. Adriana Madrigal3/29/13, 8:03 PM

    So awesome! I would love a fresh coconut with a straw, haha. Really happy to see you had fun on your trip. I'd love to travel to India one day. :)

    xo, Adriana.

  3. sounds so relaxing and wonderful!