Week 2 in Goa

Time flies when you’re having fun! We can’t believe it's week 3 already! This week we really got stuck into our studying, and unfortunately (but inevitably, this is India) a few of our Edumads experienced what can happen when you eat curry 3 times a day……

I’ll let your imagination fill in the blanks on that one!

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Edumadic Profiles: Meet Chris!

Chris is a 22 year old Canadian who’s spent the past 2 years working as a designer for a tech company in Silicon Valley after graduating from UC Santa Barbara.

Before hearing about Edumadic, Chris had already planned to quit his job and live the life of a backpacker / digital nomad for a year, working on a couple of projects and also learning some coding whilst travelling the world. His one doubt about this plan was whether it was actually feasible to do both simultaneously. Having travelled before solely as a backpacker, he was aware that the environment he would find in hostels wouldn’t exactly be an ideal study / work environment.

Chris couldn’t believe his luck when he stumbled upon Edumadic.

“It’s almost as if someone heard me and put together a program that addressed all of my worries”.

Whilst Chris is on the Program he’ll be splitting his time between three projects:

  • Mentoring students at an online design academy
  • Continuing to learn front end web development
  • Designing his own app

Weekly Highlights:

A lot of productivity at our favourite cafe

There’s a couple of spots that we frequent for intense study sessions. The Chill Out Cafe on the main street in Palolem is probably the most popular outside of the hammocks on our beach hut porches.

Swam under an ice cold waterfall

Dudhsagar waterfall lies deep in Netravali wildlife sanctuary. After the bumpiest jeep ride of our lives, we took a well earned swim in the ice cold water beneath it.

It was a welcome break from the bath-like tempurature of the salty sea!

Toured an authentic indian spice plantation

On the way back from the waterfall we visited Sahakari Spice Farm where we were treated to an all you can eat buffet followed by a tour of the plantation itself. Did you know that Pineapples grow in a bush near the ground? I had no idea! Also, Five Spice is actually just one spice, that tastes like five mixed together. Mind, blown.

A Day in the Life:

This week we followed Matea for a day! This is what she got up to:

8:30–10:30 Yoga:

For less than $6 I get 2 hours of intense Hatha Yoga. Our favourite school is hidden at the end of the beach over a wooden bridge just on the outskirts of the jungle. What a perfect way to start the day!

10:45–12 Brunch at Zest:

Zest is a vegan & vegetarian cafe in Palolem and is a firm favourite of the group. It has hints of Indian influence but is fairly similar to hip new cafes I find in my home town, so It's a welcome relief from the onslaught of spicy food we are otherwise feasting on. I went for the Fruit Bowl this morning.

12–4 Study time:

Knuckled down in my hammock for a few hours of online lectures. I’m working towards an online degree in Environmental Sciences.

4–6:30 Play time!:

This is usually when we head out onto the beach. The sun sets around this time so it’s not too hot for a spot of frisbee and an hour kayaking out to the island. Today we saw 3 dolphins!

6:30–8 Cards and dinner:

We’ve been hooked recently on a game called Caracole. I won’t go into the details of how it’s played, but I won! We had dinner on the beach as usual, I went for the mouthwatering Paneer Butter Masala.

8–9:30 Study time:

I like to review some of the things I’ve learnt over the past couple days every evening before bed, usually whilst listening to some music in my beach hut.