World Travel Wednesday: Goa

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According to the two people who read this blog, Web Wednesday is not an interesting enough idea to do it every week. So I’m changing Wednesdays to World Travel! I love to travel and have been to several interesting places around the world. But the list of places I’d like to visit in the future is even longer. Hopefully this will be a good way for me to document some of my experiences, as well as keep a list of dream vacations. You know, for when I am a millionaire and spend all my time jet-setting.

Since I just decided on this and need time to get some photos together from my own travels, I’ll start with a place I’ve never been to but always wanted to visit: Goa, India.

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Goa is the smallest state in India area-wise. It’s on the west coast, on the Arabian Sea, in the Western Ghats mountain range. Back in the 1960’s, Goa was a big hippie mecca, and it still has a big hippie market and thriving music and yoga scenes.

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Goa is famous for its beaches, mountains, and rainforests. It’s listed in the world’s top ten biodiversity hotspots — over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, and at least 325 globally threatened species. The area has been compared to the Amazon and Congo basins for its tropical biodiversity. Total forest and tree cover makes up about 56% of the state.

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So far it sounds a lot like Brazil, a country I loved. Interestingly, Goa was also a Portuguese territory from the 1500’s up until 1961, when it was annexed by India. They also celebrate Carnival, and there’s a lot of Portuguese influence in the architecture. This place has been on my to-see list for years now. What could be better than lazing on gorgeous beaches, exploring dense jungle, seeing some endangered species and prolific wildlife, and doing yoga (on the sand, I presume) with the hippies? Best of all, I could mark something off my list of Things I Want to Do Once: I have a secret burning desire to ride an elephant on a beach. 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Jen said,

    January 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

    When you win the lottery, will you take me with you?

    I am curious as to why it became hippie mecca…

  2. meggitymegs said,

    January 7, 2009 at 11:57 am

    There’s a short documentary about it called “Last Hippie Standing.” I haven’t seen it, but maybe we should watch it. My guess is that it had to do with cheap cost of living, plentiful drugs, simpler way of life, nice weather, beautiful environment, spiritual enlightenment…etc.

  3. Carla said,

    January 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    What a beautiful place! Your pictures are wonderful!


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