A day out in Goa!

Updated: Jan 15

Eventful day full of excursions out in Goa! It was hot…it was humid…but it was full of new experiences! India is proving itself to be a beautiful country! It is so colorful and different from anything back home.

My day started off with breakfast. It is worthy of being mentioned because 1) Best coffee ever and 2) Chocolate

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Our first stop of the morning was to visit some churches. Old, beautiful buildings! I found it interesting that photos were allowed as long as they didn’t have a person in them. So, no selfies…no pictures with friends. That’s okay, the architecture was the star of the show anyway.


St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral

St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral



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This is Francis Xavier's casket. If you look real close, you can see him through the windows!

This is Francis Xavier’s casket. If you look real close, you can see him through the windows!



St. Francis Xavier wasn't always displayed in a glass casket. He used to be out in the open so that people could touch and kiss him. But then his toes starting falling off...this was in the 1950's. This is where they keep his fallen toes.

St. Francis Xavier wasn’t always displayed in a glass casket. He used to be out in the open so that people could touch and kiss him. But then his toes starting falling off…this was in the 1950’s. This is where they keep his fallen toes.



Cathedral number 2... (I'll get back to you on the name of this one - it's hard to take notes while walking around!)

Cathedral number 2… (I’ll get back to you on the name of this one – it’s hard to take notes while walking around!)



Beautiful archway on the inside!

Beautiful archway on the inside!


Our next stop was to a spice farm! This was my favorite part of the day. It wasn’t what I expected – it felt like we were embarking on a nature walk and all around us were exotic spices. The smells were fantastic! 

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COFFEE! :) This is the coffee arabica plant.

COFFEE! 🙂 This is the coffee arabica plant.



Pineapple. :) Not a spice, but still cool to see! I have never seen a pineapple grow like this before.

Pineapple. 🙂 Not a spice, but still cool to see! I have never seen a pineapple grow like this before.



Bunch o bananas!

Bunch o bananas!



Hibiscus was everywhere!

Hibiscus was everywhere!


It was very hot, very humid. At the end, our tour leader gave us a gift of a ladle-full of citronella water down our backs. It felt amazing. We were also given a shot of fermented cashew juice. It was alcoholic…it had quite a kick!


Citronella water down my back! Cold, but quite refreshing!

Citronella water down my back! Cold, but quite refreshing!


Overall, we had a successful day!! It was nice to get back and jump in the pool at the end of the day and rinse off.

Another day down in India! We have one more day of fun outings planned, then its off to Dharwad to start our work!

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