We had already bought the train tickets to Goa to celebrate that our first app had been uploaded to the AppStore, but things never go as you plan… The app was “finished” but there was a problem uploading it, so while I was trying to get the upload to work (and at the same time trying to shave of my “slutspelsskägg”) Tugba was packing our bag. Finally we didn’t have more time to try any more upload attempts without risking missing our train…
The 17-hour-train-ride was in third class AC. It was pretty ok, but we chose the first class on the way back since we were going to travel a lot during daytime. Then we had our own compartment with two berths.
Even though we didn’t release the game as we had planned we decided to have a good time in Goa, and also agreed that it was probably for the better that we failed uploading. There were still some things that we wanted to improve.
We arrived to Margao and took a cab to Palolem beach. The beach is very long, around 1.5 km and very wide especially during low tide. There were a lot of options available for accommodation, but since we both like the less crowded areas we chose a place on the north side of the beach. The bungalow we had was a pretty basic one, but it was large with a large outdoor bathroom (see the photo in the gallery) and a nice veranda that we never really used.
Reading, eating, reading, swimming, reading, walking, reading was our schedule for the week, and some more eating. It may sound surprising but the best pizza we both have had in our life was eaten at an Italian restaurant in Palolem! The days passed in this way and every day the hawkers tried to get us to buy dolphin trips, fishing trips, rent kayaks, etc. No, no, no, no and finally yes One day we decided to rent a kayak for a day.
We paddled to the north early (10 o’clock). We knew that there were some beaches that way that we could reach in 40 minutes, we found the first and went looking for the second. The second one people have told us about we didn’t find, so we just kept paddling around the next corner and the next corner and the next corner, so well, finally we ended up at a beach. In Goa that always happens, sooner or later, but most often its sooner than later Right before we arrived Tugba said that this could be Agonda and I said ‘no that’s to far away’, but I was wrong! It was Agonda.
We had paddled for two hours so we stayed there during the day resting and looking at the monkeys climbing the trees behind the beach. The sun moved on the sky and time came when we had to start heading back home if we wanted to go during day light, guess what? that’s what we wanted Our hopes was that we would see some dolphins on the way back home, but we didn’t see any paddling here so…
It didn’t take long before we saw them, straight ahead, we quietly went forward not to scare them away. We didn’t It was an amazing experience to see them so close to the kayak and hear their breath when coming up for air. Tugba was scared in the beginning (they were very big and close), but I assured her that there was nothing to be scared of (If there are any dolphin experts out there please don’t inform me if I am wrong… She quickly wanted to go closer and closer, and soon she had happy-tears in her eyes
The sea was totally bubbling with dolphins during this time so at the end of the trip we had seen easily one hundred of them! This was the best day of our trip and we surfed with the kayak in the sunset on a wave the final meters up to the shore line.