Memories of Goa.

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) :

Video of the city

Video of the beaches

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40 thoughts on “Memories of Goa.

  1. I love this post. So heartfelt. It brought tears to my eyes. I know what a pivotal part a father plays in a daughter’s life. I totally understand it, dear Ellen. Wherever he is up in the sky, I’m very sure he loves you more than you do, he’s always there for you even though he’s not here physically. May God bless you and your family. Lots of love.

      1. I’ve always seen you jovial, cheerful and sarcastic with your posts and comments. Seeing this emotional side of you took me to surprise. But we’re all humans and no matter how much we try to hold up a brave face, we fail to hide it. Glad you opened up to us after so much criticism. You’re really brave. I respect you for that. God bless you too! Stay happy and healthy!πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

        1. Hehe I’m actually super sensitive, and cry very often. (Hiding my face) πŸ˜‚
          Your kindness has made my day. Much love! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›

  2. Emotional post, Tempest. Sorry about your dad. I stayed for 10 days in Goa doing nothing but strutting around beaches and spending nights scouring the roads.
    I loved the place!
    I almost drowned when I was at Colva beach.πŸ˜‚

    1. Thanks, Banter. You are very kind.
      Gosh, thank God you didn’t drown, how else would you meet such an awesome person like me? πŸ˜‚
      People go to Goa mainly to party, and it’s ruined the charm of the place. It’s become so crowded, it’s no fun anymore. 😁

        1. Hahaha okay. Too many days at a new place gets boring, especially when there’s nothing much to do. We went for 9 days this time, and we got so fed up of food. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          But I thoroughly enjoyed the peace, because I knew that a lot of stress was waiting for me at home. ☹️😁

            1. What’s the CA wale problem in this? πŸ˜‘

              Goan food and bland!! You got to be kidding me! You must have gone to the wrong places. Next time you go, I’ll give you a list of awesome restaurants.

              I have no idea why it’s not playing in WordPress, here’s the link :

      1. Goa isn’t about the parties, that people have the image of. It is the relaxed lifestyle that makes people get a feeling of being-at-home. Being born and living in Goa.. Goa to me does get a little boring at times, but then when you look at it from the perspective of an outsider, aren’t we the luckiest?

        1. Definitely! Goa is absolutely beautiful! The quiet, and laid-back lifestyle is wonderful for a vacation. People really do have a wrong idea about what Goa is, it is sad.
          That’s wonderful that you’re from Goa. I’m originally from Goa too. 😊

            1. My mum and dad were born in Pune as well, but their ancestors were from Goa. πŸ™ˆ Dad’s from Aldona and mum’s from Curtorim, but we’ve never stayed in those places. We always stayed close to the beach. πŸ’›

              1. Wow! That’s like covering the entire North-South connection. I’ve heard Aldona is a beautiful little village, Curtorim is too. Would love to meet, when u next step onto Goa shores.
                ..and don’t u have a lovely name? ELLEN! Reminds me of the only other Ellen DeGeneres 😁 I know of.

                1. I visited Aldona when I was small. This time we visited Curtorim. 😁

                  We’ll surely meet up when I come to Goa next. 😊

                  Awww thank you, Savio. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’› People seem to know only Ellen DeGeneres and she is worth knowing. She’s so much fun! 😁

    1. Thank you, Rupali. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’› I totally agree with you.
      You should definitely visit Goa, although it’s become too crowded nowadays.

  3. I am soo sorry to hear that Ellen. My heart is with you and I believe you and your family is really very strong. I had gone to Goa once when I was really small.. I am planning to visit soon. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Ramyani. I’m sorry for the late reply, I don’t know how I missed your comment (it wasn’t in spam and had got automatically approved) 😁
      Thanks for your kindness and for reading! God bless! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›

  4. Funny, how both of us ended up thinking about Goa when we thought of writing something. Though I wrote in a different vein and yours was more personal. Nicely written though.

    1. That’s a lovely coincidence. 😊 Thank you for reading, _____ (enter name here. Haha I don’t know your name.) 😜
      I love reading your posts. They’re super interesting and written very well! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›

  5. I can relate to this post, I too have lost someone very special. But, this is something that helps us to think via our loved one’s perspectives. We do incorporate the love and care within ourselves. Keep writing!

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