A Day out in Anjuna

*Supposed to be posted June 15th

This is my last weekend in Goa and luckily I had a visitor to share it with me! Brianna is also a student from the university of Michigan who is conducting an internship this summer in India at a PHC in Delhi. She flew down to Calangute to stay with me for the weekend and we went out to a great local restaurant right on the beachfront. Souza Lobo is a famous restaurant located right on Calangute beach. It’s been open since 1932 and boasts fresh caught seafood, Goan dishes, and live music every night. It was some of the best prawn curry I’ve had since arriving in Goa.

The next day we took a day trip into Anjuna. It’s another costal town about 20 minutes north of Calangute and boasts some spectacular local artists and cute café/boutiques. We stopped by at Artjuna for brunch –it’s a Portuguese styled café venue that serves both local and international dishes that focus on local produce.   They had a shop attached that sold local artwork such as wood carved trunks, jewelry, and cloths. We spent much of the day exploring Anjuna. One of the things I adore about this place is all the lush greenery surrounding the town; it makes it feel like you’re smack in the middle of a jungle and only coming upon pockets of inhabitants. I love it especially during monsoon season, when all you can smell is rain, fresh soil, and the ocean, being in Anjuna is like no other experience.

After three months of staying in Goa, going out alone can still feel daunting, especially when you’re bogged down with work and you just can’t seem to get yourself out of bed on the weekends. But I’m glad I got to hang out with Brianna and get to see more of Goa. It was a fun and relaxing last weekend, one that I am happy I got to share with another wolverine!

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About Neha Tiwari

Neha is a Junior with a major in International Studies: Global Environment and Health, and a minor in Biochemistry. She hopes to pursue a career in public health and medicine with a focus on health equity and mental health. Neha will be spending three months in Goa working with Sangath, an NGO dedicated to improving health by empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological, and social therapies. Neha's final research project will explore the effectiveness of the integration of community-based lay counseling in a traditional mental health treatment program.

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