A Holiday From a Holiday

I did it!! I can do a headstand! Although I have to admit I still have a little trouble getting up there. Once I am up I can balance though which is a major breakthrough since I arrived here on 2nd Feb. It’s definitely strengthening my will power and determination.

I am now in Goa, it’s been like a holiday from a holiday! The beaches are full of people on their 2 week holidays, everything seems a little bit cleaner, easier and laid back. Vicky, Paul and I have been just chilling at a lovely beach called Palolem. I actually visited here about 9 or 10 years ago and was so busy comparing it to Thailand I didn’t like it. Back with fresh eyes though and a new state of mind I am loving it.

We came here to celebrate the Holi Festival, which is described by an Indian site as:

Holi celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi‘.

I also think it’s a chance for the Indian men to touch Western girls…..they seemed very much to enjoy smearing colours all over our faces and taking even more photos than usual! All good fun though.

One exciting new discovery over the past week has been silent disco’s!!! They have them every few nights here in various outdoor clubs. There is a sound restriction on the beach so no loud music can be played after 10.30pm. So ingeniously they have silent disco’s where by you rent headphones, choose between 2 or 3 channels of different music and get on down. It is SO MUCH FUN! Vicky and I have totally exhausted ourselves by dancing non stop until they close at 5am on a couple of occasions. Luckily we are on a holiday from our holiday!

I am now on my own again, but not for long as tomorrow I am travelling up to Northern Goa to meet one of my best friends, Polly, who is flying out for 10 days to see me. I am so excited!! Yet another holiday…..

All this beach time will be of benefit though as on 26th March I am journeying up to Mumbai, doing a Louise style whistle stop tour of Rajasthan and then I fly to Dharamshala to train to be a yoga teacher! I have taken the plunge and have booked a power yoga teacher training course in Mcleod Ganj.

This is all stemming from my intention this month of TRUST. I have totally changed my route to be able to do this and am trusting my instinct that this is the right thing to do. I am craving learning, I feel like this country has so much to teach me and I am loving yoga. I want to be able to share it with others when I get back.

As I mentioned before I think TRUST is interesting whilst in India as I don’t think I really can always trust everyone here. There are people out to rip you off, monkeys that might attack, coconuts that may fall and dogs that may bite, as my friend Paul found out earlier this morning (he had to rush off to the doctor to get a Rabies vaccination!) . As a result of this I am focusing on trusting my instinct and trusting that God/The Universe is giving me what I need.

I will leave you with a picture of some lovely colourful beach huts from Agonda beach, which is just bear by to Palolem;

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