9–11 Study at our beach huts:
I usually spend the morning sat in our accommodation’s lounge area getting some studying in. It sits right on the beach and faces the sea so it’s a great setting to start the morning.
11:30–12:15 Stroll down the beach:
It’s still fairly cool (by Goan standards) around midday so I like to take myself away from my laptop screen and stroll along the beach for a bit of “me” time. The crescent shaped beach of Palolem is about a kilometre long. Whether it’s the locals playing cricket, a cow being chased by a pack of dogs, or the fishermen hauling their boats up and down the beach. There’s always something interesting going on.
12:30–3:30 Lunch and studying at Chill Out Cafe:
I head to our favourite lunch / study space in town around 12:30. It’s called the Chill Out Cafe and specialises in Momos. These are a Nepalese delicacy which are essentially dumplings in a similar style to dim sum. They can have any number of fillings, but Chill Out is famous for it’s chicken momos. They also have a drink called a Limonana, which is lemon juice and mint with crushed ice. It’s to die for!
3:30–4 ATM run!:
Palolem is an absolute paradise….. but it’s not perfect. For some bizarre reason there are no ATM’s in the village so you have to go to the neighbouring town of Chaudi to withdraw cash. It’s about a 30 minute walk, or 5 minutes in a rickshaw.
4–5 Hammock and reading time:
Our beach huts have a front porch with a hammock attached. Mine has a view directly out to the beach. It’s at around 4 that I like to have a little swing in it and either nap or read my book. I’m currently reading “Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday. I highly recommend!
Once the heat of the sun starts to wane, I love renting out a Kayak and paddling out to the island that sits at the far end of the beach. This is a great place to watch the sunset and if you’re lucky, see some of the local dolphins put on a show for you!
7–10 Dinner, Cards, and Cocktails
We try to pick a different place each night to have dinner which doesn’t always happen. At our beach huts we get 24/7 happy hour which is very appealing. We have some cocktails and play some cards whilst we wait for our orders, which In India can add up to a lot of cocktails! Service here is notoriously slow. Most restaurants have a ridiculous number of options on their menus. I’m sure that a lot of the time they go to buy the produce for your meal at the time you order it, which would explain how long you can sometimes wait!