When I decided to be in Goa for my birthday, I had a lot of insecurities regarding my First Solo Trip. Would I be alone on my Birthday? Will I make any friends with strangers? If I don’t make any friends, will I enjoy my Birthday alone? As an Introvert, bonding with strangers and becoming friends with them was an alien concept for me. Well, I took the leap of faith which turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever taken till date. Thanks to a bunch of strangers whom I met in my hostel, who made sure that my birthday turns out to be one of the best memories I have ever made.
One thing I really regret is that I dint click a single pic with anyone in that group, thanks to my dead phone (Deepak, I will be stealing one of your timeline pics for this post). Unfortunately, I realized that only when I left the hostel early on my last day, when I was walking out and refreshing my memories of the days spent in Goa. But I will never forget the night. It was short but it was not the kind of night that I expected while coming to Goa.
It all started with Deepak, the Ajmerite, the first stranger whom I met at the hostel. Even though you were not with us for dinner, my day started meeting you. Only If you hadn’t smoked that….well you know.
Amit, the guy from Delhi who is volunteering on a project on Otters. Another person who quit his corporate job to do what he loves doing. Spent all the day with him in beaches and trekked the hill in Anjuna Beach. Thanks a lot buddy for making my birthday a special one.
Krzysiek, the guy from Poland who lives in Bulgaria. Other than being an amazing guitarist, he loves cooking and is taking some Indian cooking classes. When he is not playing the guitar, he is busy hunting spices in Goan Markets. I hope your cooking classes are going well. It was a pleasure to know you.
Elliot, from England. I don’t have much idea about him but thanks a lot for being around.
Ayush, my roommate in hostel, another Late Riser like me, who says ‘Good Morning’ when the sun is right above your head.
Elroy, the French, the Filipino, the Sri Lankan, this guy has seen places. He has been in Goa for a month now and you can always find him in the common area. If you stay there any longer you might become the mascot for BackPacker Panda. Well he is disappointed that Goan beaches are not having the clear clean blue sea as they show in those promotional pictures. I do feel for you my friend. And I also find it very difficult to catch your accent. Which is why Ayush keeps saying ‘What the F*** are you saying man?‘. Anyway, Wishing you a happy journey to Sri Lanka.
Verena, from Germany. I am always happy to meet Germans as the best conversation starter with them is German Football. Being an all time German Football fan, I can go on and on. But she doesn’t watch football much and doesn’t know who Oliver Khan is. This broke my heart. And I never got to hear how her voice really sounds like thanks to the throat problem. Hope she gets rid of that.
And at last the French guy. I don’t remember what his name is but I do remember our conversations. He quit his job as well to travel. He talked about his days in Tamil Nadu and why Munnar is his favorite place in India and his encounters with spicy Indian Food. He had lots of issues with the VFX shown in Indian movies and was very uncomfortable watching the trailers of those movies. I have to totally agree with him on that.
That was about it. A dinner exchanging stories. Thanks a lot guys for making my day. I will be sharing this post with the 2-3 guys I found on Facebook. I hope it reaches everyone from there.
My first Solo Trip was not an epic one like straight out of the movies, but was the most important one for me. It has given me the confidence to take more Solo Trips in the future, because now I know that there are always wonderful travelers out there whom I am yet to meet.
Maybe this is what I want to do – to travel….a part of me to see new places, a part of me to meet new faces.
*Planning my next trip*
(I might have spelled a few names wrong, you may forgive me for that and go on living your awesome lives.)