My dad passed away in October, 2018, leaving a void which can never be filled. He was my role model and my strength, and I wished I had expressed my love for him when he was with us.
He was a workaholic, but more importantly, a very compassionate person, helping people all day long. He used to come home only at nine o’clock at night, have dinner and doze off immediately.
When holidays to Goa were planned, he did the same – worked till late, came home, finished packing in an hour and was up at five the next morning ready to take us on a lovely vacation.
My siblings and I, on the other hand, took more than a day to pack. Dad used to often ask mum whether she wanted to carry the refrigerator, microwave and washing machine along as well, she used to pack so much! Haha. I pack even more you know, I need to learn how to travel light. *wink*
Dad used to take us to Goa twice a year when we were young. Those days the roads and highways were narrow, with the oncoming traffic just a short distance away, their headlight beams blinding all of us in the car at night. I don’t know how he did it, hats off to him.
As we grew older, my siblings and I had examinations at different times, stress increased and the vacations decreased.
We went for two vacations to Goa in 2015, and I drove both the times, all 450 km back and forth. (I started driving at the age of 18, and I absolutely love driving.) The drive was really easy for me because the condition of the roads had improved drastically – they were now five times wider, with huge dividers separating the oncoming traffic. The headlights were still blinding at night, but with the better roads, we could reach our destination well before it grew very dark.
We didn’t want to spend Christmas at home without dad in 2018, so we decided to head off to Goa. It had been three years since we went on a vacation, and the stress at home was unbearable, we really needed the break. My brother and I took turns driving, and it was a lovely trip.
But Goa was not the same without dad. We missed him terribly, and we realised that the vacations he took us for were so marvelous only because of him. We are originally from Goa, we always loved the place, but we loved it more when dad was with us.
Goa is very crowded from October to February each year. We went during the Christmas and New Year time, so it was even more crowded. However, we wanted peace, so we made sure we went to beaches which were quiet.
I wanted to remember Goa each time I missed the place – so I took a few videos while my brother drove. (The music was playing in the car while I took the videos.)
Here are the YouTube videos of the same (Watch them on the YouTube app, with 1080p video quality) :
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