Delhi to Goa to .. where?

Share your ideas with me!

I have not planned much when it comes to my journey through India and the few plans I already had in place (two collaborations so far that didn’t happen), they fell away and I can’t but laugh thinking about how incredible this life is and how it moves! 

It’s exciting and full of wonder; it feels wonderful to be open to what Life and India wants to show me although right now I’m craving a place where I can stay for a while and really enjoy it fully.

The last place has had its challenges, mainly because of the limited and restricted access to Internet, but it’s right by the beach here in Goa, just a few minutes walk from it so that has been very nice.

Tomorrow I’m moving again and will be staying at a place in north Goa, closer to Panjim (the capital of Goa), so I look forward to that very much.

Overall I must say that hadn’t it been for my upcoming collaborations here in Goa I would probably have left already because I feel it’s too touristy and even if Rishikesh was touristy too there’s a vast difference between those two places.

I prefer the spiritual vibe before the drinking/partying touristy vibe.

And besides, I have beaches and all that comes with that in Spain so it’s not like it’s a huge thing for me to spend time at a beach resort.

I rather see the ‘real India’ but I also don’t want to get too much into the rural areas.

So, any suggestions where to go after Goa?

Let me know 🙂

By the way, I have posted pictures on Facebook from my train trip from Delhi to Goa:

Check them out here.

The 26 hour long train journey went well.

I took the AC3 class, not sleeper class, and I am so happy that the ticket got changed and upgraded because I saw those sleeper trains and I would not want to travel in those!

Anyways, 

I had the company of a lovely Indian family and even if the bench was really uncomfortable to sit on I felt okay and safe the whole journey.

One of the older ladies in the family, the grandmother and I, we shared the bottom bed during the day and here in India you just have to get used to having to almost spoon with other people as I did with the grandmother when she wanted to rest after lunch and dinner etc.

I’m laughing so hard now thinking back at the moment when she asked me if I wanted a blanket and then she grabbed my feet and just fell asleep almost hugging them.

It was so funny and also heartwarming how they just open up their personal space for you.

I was okay with that, it’s like you just accept that that’s the way things work here in India and they too (like other Indian people I have met on my journey) asked me personal questions like if I’m married and so on (and why not, as it’s strange for them that a woman in my age is ‘not yet married’.

Here you don’t get to know someone before they begin the ask things about your private life so you just kind of have to go with the flow of it and feel the awkwardness of it.

And another new experience was the Indian standing toilet.. I didn’t drink much water on the trip, let me just put it that way! 🙂

And also; you never have to bring any food with you on the train; they feed you like every three hours (not good food, but okay, kind of like the food you’d expect on airplanes) and the Indian family gave me all kinds of snacks and food as well!

They were very sweet to me 🙂

When going with train in India you get to see India from a different perspective; the poor people living along the train tracks etc and one thing I noticed is that they throw the garbage out the window from the trains but then again I guess it in some way benefit and help the people living in the poor places if they find food in the garbage. 

But they burn a lot of plastic here and a lot of garbage, and it’s everywhere.

So there’s wonderful smells of incense, food, spices and so on and then this horrible smell of burning plastic and garbage too.

I’m a very clean person but I have managed to accept the uncleanliness of India as best as I can. You just have to basically, because it is what it is. 

What else can I share, .. hm.. oh yeah, a funny thing about perspective; on one of the train we passed by I saw a sign that was very different from what you can ever see in the West, at least I have never seen one before, it said “for differently abled” instead of “for disabled” and I liked that.

That was a little update about my whereabouts at the moment and I’m sure more pics will come when I’m closer to Anjuna and Panjim and so forth since those places are more populated compared to the quiet and somewhat secluded beach-place where I’m at right now.

After February 25th I’m open again to go some other place but will be staying between Goa and Gokarna (about 4 hours south from Goa) where I’ll be doing a collaboration again in March.

So I have a window of approximately two weeks where I have no clue where I’ll go (25th of Feb. to March 7) so if you have any suggestions then please do share.

Hampi has been mentioned to me a few times and I would love to go but it’s high season there plus it’s a small town so with my low budget price range on places to stay I don’t know if I want to take the chance/risk to go there and then find out that there’s nothing in my price range.

That would be a bummer, so I have to find other options.

Share with me any kind of spiritual places you can think or, or know of, between Goa and Gokarna, and it doesn’t have to be on the coast, it can be inland too (like Hampi is). 

 Unfortunately I can’t post any pics here today, the Internet is incredibly slow so it takes forever.

Hopefully the connection is better at the place I’m going to tomorrow.

You can go to my Instagram though in the meantime to see some of my pics:

instagram.com/mariaerving

And again, I will have to edit this post too when I get the chance as I have to be very quick when I publish them since the Internet is what it is… Gaaah! 😀

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