07
Jan-2016

Beach side Cafes: Everyone has a Favorite

 

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A typical beach side cafe in India. Janisha was ours.

 

The sounds of crashing waves, the cool moisture, and the dotted fishing boat lights on the horizon served as a perfect backdrop to another chill evening.


I emerged from my thatched-roof beach hut for another rendez-vous with the group at “Janisha”, a beach-side restaurant at Palolem beach. It didnt look like much from the outside: a few ratty white plactic patio tables + chairs, a handful of individual light bulbs hanging from individual wires, with make-shift lime-green pieces of cardboard wraped around each bulb for “lamp shades” (fire hazard?). But we werent there for the decor, because all we needed was the infitine calm and darkness of the Indian Ocean, a good group of backpackers, and little self-serve music (who‘s turn is it to plug in their iPod?).

You couldn’t see the water because it was so dark, but you knew it was there. The sounds of crashing waves, the cool moisture, and the dotted fishing boat lights on the horizon served as a perfect backdrop to another chill evening. As I sorted through the menu, my only real decision was if I wanted Indian food or Western food tonight. The restaurant served both, as most do in Goa. My stomach hungered for Green curry tonight, which had somehow found it’s spot on the “Western” side of the menu. So I ordered a bottle of Kingfisher beer, placed my order, and sat back and listened, as you do often on the backpacker trail. This time, I listened to the rather scruffy gentleman from Ireland sitting next to me named “Paddy”, as he recounted a somewhat hilarious story about trying to take the “local bus” from Indian village A to Indian village B. Another evening in Palolem….

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Another Sunset in Palolem Beach

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A sunset frisbee toss on Palolem beach. Life’s so hard sometimes.

 

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Woke up to this every morning.

 

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Just chillin

 

 

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