Goa, India – perfect holiday destination?

Goa – so many stories about Goa one can find on the internet. Hippies, trance and techno parties, drugs…. Is it all true? Been to one party, haven’t seen real hippies, don’t do drugs so… I don’t know.

I stayed in Morjim – small village actually, really quiet, not many parties, mostly families with children. Goa in general is dominated by Russian tourists – menus are in russian, when you walk into a restaurant the staff will greet you in Russian. I didn’t mind, it was actually funny.

Scooter is really safe and the easiest way to drive around, cheap also.

So here are places I visited – totally random order.

The Rice Mill

Nice place with AC and good coffee. When you’re get used to Indian prices, this place can seem a little overpriced for you. This is one of many western style places I guess. The Rice Mill is a place which aspires to be a little bit of fine dining. On Thursdays there is live jazz music. Just opposite the Rice Mill you can go and check out really cool temple.

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Kalacha Beach

It’s just by the Arambol Beach, hidden by the rocks. Much more quiet and smaller. I enjoyed it a lot. But if you want to listen to the music, go on a party and just watch crazy things happen – stay at the Arambol Beach.

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Kalacha Beach

Redi Fort

Another fort – from Morjim it took me almost one hour to drive there – totally different world – rural part of Goa, kind of desserted I would say. Fort is situated just by the beautiful totally empty beach! Fort itself is really cool with all the trees growing from the walls.

Museum of Goa

When you enter an industrial district and all you can smell is chemicals you do not expect to find a museum here. But – yes, you will. Museum of Goa is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday. Entry is 300 for foreigners.

Museum was founded by artist Subodh Kerkar. It is mostly contemporary art telling the history of Goa.

Reis Magos Fort

Inside lots of pictures telling the story of this place. Very nice view. Not many people. Just next to the fort – beautiful church.

Old Goa

Well there are literally two churches to see. Seriously. Nothing else and I mean nothing. So recommended only to church fans. 😉

Chapora Fort

Fort itself is not worth seeing, but the view is cool. And you can cross the wall and walk further.

Chinese Bowl

Chinese, Indian, European – variety of dishes in really good prices and when I say good I mean cheap. 😉 And with that price comes good quality also. Recommended.

Rainbow Bar

Rainbow is a really nice bar at the beach. Food tastes good – of course it is a little more expensive than at the restaurants in the city but affordable of course. India is cheap in general. My favourite there was Navratan korma – veggies in a creamy cashew sauce.

Panjim

On the way to Old Goa – lots of street art and European architecture. Not much to do – just walk around I guess.

Yoga mat perfect for ashtanga? I do have it.

First things first. My new yoga mat. 🙂

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JOY in me is a polish brand that produces mainly yoga mats. The mats are made of 100% biodegradable & recyclable tree rubber base and ultra-absorbent, soft suede top. Printed with water based inks.

I personally don’t like one-color mats, colorfull ones are my favourite. JOY in me has many beautiful prints – you will have a hard time choosing only one. 😉

I thought the mat will be a little slippery at the beginning but no. It has the perfect grip. The thickness is right also – my spine really appreciate it when I’m rolling.

What is really important for me is that you can wash it in a washing machine. 🙂

Here are some general information about the mat:

Length: 183 cm

Width: 63 cm

Thickness: 3 mm

Weight: 2.4 kg

Shop or get the details.

I aslo have their water bottle.

I made an experiment – I filled the bottle with hot water and left it for a night – in the morning water was still warm!!! The bottle is also really light.

Capacity – 500 ml. Made out of stainless steal. And also beautiful right?

If you like their products shop online and use the discount – 15% – just put ‘whynot’ in a discount code field.

Love big cities? Let’s meet one of the biggest cities in the world – Mumbai!

My first time in India. Trip planned. I was supposed to spend a month in Rishikesh and a month in Morjim, Goa. Yoga, yoga, yoga. No travelling, no sightseeing. But I ended up in Mumbai. Want to know how did that happen? 😉

So I decided to stay longer in Rishikesh and also in Goa – in the end I was in India 94 days in total. In my visa it was said I can stay only 90 days – but somehow I didn’t read that info. 😉

So at the airport I found out I will have to go to the Immigration Office in Mumbai. I thought I will go there and do it in an hour. I stayed 4 days. 😛 Best 4 days of my trip.

Public transport/ taxis

Trains are super cheap in Mumbai, I think it is 10 rupies one-way, taxis also – just remember to always go by the meter! I used Ola Taxi – really nice app, like Uber but more options and I think it’s a little cheaper.

1. Fort district

Just walk around the district and admire the beautiful architecture. JJ School of Fine Arts, Victoria station, The Gateway of India.

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Victoria station and the building just opposite are beautifully lightened in the evening.

2. Prince of Wales Museum of Western India (now CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA)

The Museum is stunning – just look at the building! The entry is 500 rupies, if you want to take pictures with your phone you need to pay extra 50.

It is really complex – you can find wildlife section, tibetan, sculptures, japaneese art and many many more. I spent there 2 hours and it wasn’t enough. Worth visitting for sure.

3. Dhobi Ghat- open-air laundry 

As I couldn’t take any pictures inside please visit this website – lots of beautiful photos. Dhobi Ghat is an interesting place – you can go inside, have a chat with the workers who are super friendly and nice.

4. Kala Ghoda Cafe and Cafe Basilico

I would say these are Western style cafes – Western prices too. 😉 So if you want to drink good coffee, eat delicious belgian waffles – these are the places to do so.

5. Marine Drive

You will not swim there – I mean I wouldn’t. 😉 You can watch the sunset though and just have a walk on the beach.

6. Street food

I was too busy eating and I didn’t take any pictures, sorry. 😛 But I found this great video that introduces you to Mumbai’s street food.

I personally recommend: vada pav, bhelpuri, sev puri and pani puri.

Enjoy!

 

Mumbai is so friendly, live, colorful and vibrant city. I loved it and if I have the chance I will visit it again. 🙂

My favourite spots in Gdynia

I’ve been to Gdynia many times for Opener Festival, but last year for the first time I was there for a long weekend and could do some sightseeing and get to know the city a little more.

I really liked what I saw. 🙂 Maybe if you have some time during this weekend or any other time you could check mine top spots/activities in Gdynia. 🙂

1.Walking around and admiring the street art

There are so many murals around the city. My guest house for example was just cross this one, which I think is super cool.

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Most of them are around the city center so just by walking you will definitely see them.

2. Awesome food

I had the best breakfast at Chwila Moment. It was “pain perdu” – a brioche coated with egg and fried, served with fruits, maple syrup and sour cream. It cost only 16 PLN!!!

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Another nice breakfast was at Główna Osobowa. Reasonable prices, tasty food, nice place.

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3. The Torpedo House at Babie Doły

Nice clean beach and beautiful view? Visit Babie Doły. The Torpedo House is situated 300m from shore and looks like a ruined castle. Link to the place.

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4. Kamienna Góra

If you want nice view over the city and the sea go there, but not the view point near the cross, but at the parking just ahead of restaurant “Panorama”.

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5. Cliff at the Orłowo district

Can be pretty crowdy but if you like walking by the sea – why not 😉

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Rishikesh, India – the Holy City

Beatles Ashram

Rishikesh is said to be the yoga capital of the world. You will find many ashrams and yoga schools there. The Beatles came to Rishikesh in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation. They were invited by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to his ashram, which now is called The Beatles Ashram.  You can see couple of pictures from their stay there here. It is open for sightseeing – 600 INR for foreigners. It is a bit expensive but totally worth it.

The Holy City

Rishikesh is also known as the Holy City – you cannot buy any meat, alcohol or cigarettes in the city. It got its name from the God Vishnu, who appeared as Lord Rishikesh to Rabhya rishi after his austerities. It is also believed that Lord Rama did penance here to kill the demon king Ravana. His younger brother Laxman or Lakshman crossed the Ganga river using a jute rope bridge, which later got the name Lakshmana or Laxman Jhula.

Laxman Jhula Bridge

Millions of Hindus come here every year hoping to absolve their sins by bathing in the holy Ganga.

I came across this video Youtube – one of the cities futures in the video is Rishikesh. It is a special city.

Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony)

An aarti is a ritual that uses fire as an offering. It’s usually made in the form of a lit lamp, and in the case of the Ganges River, a small diya with a candle and flowers that’s floated down the river. The offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, goddess of the most holy river in India.

Restaurants and coffee shops

There are so many places with nice affordable food: Little Buddha Cafe, Oasis Cafe, Shambala Cafe (great view), Chatsang Cafe (one of my favorites), Cafe Madras, Omkar cafe.

Chatsang Cafe

Chatsang Cafe

There is one I would not recommend – Beatles Cafe (overrated and overpriced).

Temples

Parmath Niketan with its amazing Hanuman statue.

Bhootnath temple – nice view over the city.

Sita Ram Dham – stunning view over the Ganges. Check the gift shop – nice bracelets.

Rishikesh market

Whatever you need, you will find it there. Food, clothes, kitchen equipment – all is there.

To sum up – this is special place, tourist friendly, affordable. I liked it. But also be careful with all the healers, reiki experts and so on. Many of them are conmen.

DIY string art

Two years ago I saw an amazing sign and wanted to have the same. Yeah I know – two years 😦 Well it took me this long but I finally did it. 


I used some old window – needed just the frame so I broke the glass 😝😜 you can can cut some plywood and nail it to the frame.

I cut the word ‘dream’ Out of paper and place it on the plywood. Than nails – I think I used 500 or so. 


Now the most creative part – coil the nails with  colorful strings. 

Looks absolutely amazing if you ask me 😉

Best chocolate and peanut butter cookies ever! :)

I have to eat healthy now so yes I still crave  something sweet but I am looking for healthier alternatives for the food I ate. 

Here is one – Cookies! But this version is simple and healthy. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can cheakpeas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 chopped dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp xylitol 
  • 2 tsp black seasame
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder 

Blend cheakpeas and peanut butter. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir it well. 

Prepare a baking tray. On a baking paper put the portions of the dough and flaten them. 


Bake about 15 minutes – 180  degrees Celcius. 


I cannot stop eating them! 🙂