Go-Ahhhhhh. We spent the last 4-5 days of our trip in Goa. The smallest State in India located on the south-western tip of the country. If any of you have seen the "Bourne Supremacy", they filmed the opening scenes here - where he takes a run on the beach (Goa) and When they chase him through the skinny streets of Panaji, and they kill his girlfriend, and he kicks some ass... again. (No Matt Damon on this trip though).
Goa is always though of as a single beach filled with hippies and expats and all night dance parties. Its actually many beaches filled with hippies and expats, all night dance parties plus a lush landscape and loads of Eco tours. Panjim is the first State in India to ban plastic water bottles making it mandatory that Hotels and restaurants refill reusable containers with purified water for free. If you have ever been to a 3rd world country and seen plastic water bottles and bags littering the streets - multiply that by 500 and you have the India trash problem. They are trying, but its a slow process.
It was a nice place to get back on the beach. We planned on doing a whole lot of nothing, but It never pans out that way. We shopped ourselves weary, visited a spice plantation, did a city tour of Punaji (Goa's Capital) and only spent a total of 5 hours "laying" on the beach the entire time. We got to visit the Famous Anjuna "Wednesday Flea market". Started in the late 60's by a bunch of Hippies basically trying to sell all their things just to get home. Now it is a regional market representing all the regions of India - including neighbors from Tibet and many more. We ended our beach stay by listening to live music on the beach while watching the sun dip into the Arabian sea (and partaking in some local moonshine - Fenni).
On our walk through town we hit a trail that lead to what we can only believe is a cult. Looking back now we wish we would have taken video if it all.... but it felt a little too sketchy to pull out a camera.