We had our breakfast at the resort and hit the road at around 9 in the morning. It took us almost an hour to reach Calangute beach, Water sports were all we had in mind. On reaching there, we enquired the rates with a few people who were out there to woo customers to get into their shacks. There were atleast 10-15 shacks and most of them were full. One of the agenta started speaking in Bengali and we followed him like ants would follow traces of food. They had changing rooms and lockers to keep our belongings available. We changed ourselves into clothes suitable for water sports, deposited our bags there and went to the ticket counter…
Last time when I had visited Calangute, the fee they charged for water sports was exorbitant. But this time around, the government has setup a counter where we can buy tickets at a fixed price. We first went for jet skiing. A trained person drives it while two people can board it. Abbas sat in the front and I had to sit behind that guy. I had to hold Abbas’ life jacket firmly for support. The ride was fun, but it didn’t last for more than a minute. 😦
Next we went for para sailing. They took a bunch of 8-10 people on a boat. Mantam were also given mini life jackets and they gave all weird poses with their glares on 😀 On the way, we were transferred into another boat which would go further into the sea. We could go in pairs or individually. A & S went first and then Abbas and I went together. We had to get into some kind of a roped structure which would hold us firm when we would be hanging from the parachute. Abbas was standing behind me, once they gave a ‘go ahead’ the rope that was tied to us slid swiftly from a pulley and we were swept off our feet. We were soon hanging in the air and all we could see around us was the serene sea. It was an amaaazing feeling. Sad part is that this too was a short lived bliss. The person in charge there was ready to let us go for another round but was asking for double the amount we paid at the ticket counter, We chose not to indulge him and came back to the shore.
Abbas, A and Mantam were keen on playing in the water before going back. But S and I were so so hungry that we decided to go back to the shack. We ordered a Goan fish curry – rice combo which was either too delicious or our tummies were too hungry to notice its taste. It disappeared faster than it took to reach our table. The men returned with Mantam and went for a shower. They all changed their dresses and in the meantime, a girl came to sell some Junk jewelleries made of sea shells. When Abbas, A and the kids returned, they ordered lunch. Another lady came and asked if we were interested in getting a head and neck massage or a foot massage. All of us took both! The lady’s hands were god sent, I swear. They transported me to a different world where I was absolutely relaxing. Even the foot massage was heavenly.
We left the beach after collecting all our bags from the locker. Next destination was my uncle’s home. We called them and informed that we would reaching in one hour. Abbas and A went to buy some sweets to carry along. S, Mantam and I went around to see the shops out there. I bargained at one shop and bought stuff at dirt cheap prices. We still had lots to buy but had to reach uncle’s place as they were waiting. Their house was near Miramar beach and my cousin P was waiting in his bike to guide us the way to their home.
It felt so nice to be speaking Konkani and to be around my folks after what felt like decades. Maami served lots of snacks, pastries, ice creams, Kokum sherbet. She even asked me to feed Mantam some rice as they would be having too much of outside food. At first I denied thinking that they might be full as we had a late lunch. But these brats gobbled in all the food that was offered. Even I sneaked in a few morsels of rice and prawn curry. This Maami of mine is a great cook and I love her sea food preparations. Maami even gave me few of my childhood pics with all the cousins together. Few of my childhood pics with my parents, grand parents etc.
After spending a nice time there, we headed back to our resort. It was almost 9 by then. We lost route midway and wasted some time again. At 10, we were still around 45 mins drive away from the resort. So we decided to have our dinner on the way. We went to a restaurant where first thing that caught our attention was Goan Pheni. This is an alcoholic drink mostly made of cashews. We ordered one but couldn’t finish it. Abbas didn’t touch it as he would be driving. I took a couple of sips but didn’t like the taste / smell. We had light meal of rice, dal fry, omelette, fish fry. I ordered a Goan fish curry rice combo again after having loved the afternoon’s platter.