Living in Goa: Welcome to Our Little House In Goa

Welcome to Our Life in Goa and Our Little House in Anjuna!

After months on the road, and months apart, Kevin and I are delighted to have somewhere to call home, even if it just for a while. We’ve lost count of how many sleeper buses and night trains we have endured and how many noisy hostels and cheap guest houses we’ve laid our head in, so for a couple of months at least, it’s nice to stay still and play house.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still as obsessed with travel as ever but I find that the more I travel, the slower I travel. Spending a few days ticking off the tourist sights in each place no longer fulfills me, I want to get under the skin of a place, have time to take in every little detail and to get to know the locals.

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Taking it slower means time to reflect and enjoy the little things in life – like cows on the beach

So, we’ve revisited a place that was special to us at the start of our indefinite journey 2 years ago, somewhere that pulled on my heart strings to come back – Goa.

We’ve made a little video of our house and life in Goa. Check out what it’s like living in Anjuna in our video!

For more travel videos check out Kevin at Vagabond Impulse

Why we love Anjuna

We checked out Palolem but already the beautiful crescent beach is already too packed with beach huts, tourist shacks and holiday makers – I needed a different vibe.

Hippy Anjuna has long been a favourite with dread locked and tie died long stayers ever since the days of the Hippie Trail. Anjuna is famous for the Wednesday Flea Market and Goan trance music but thankfully the trance parties have calmed down now and it’s become a popular place for yoga.

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South Anjuna Beach

Anjuna may be a little scruffy around the edges but it has character and charisma.  I like how Anjuna is spread out, it helps to retain a more local feel rather than shoulder to shoulder guest houses and touristy shops.

Sometimes a place just feels right and calls for you to unpack your bags and stay a while.

Finding a place to call home

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Peering through the gate at our cute little house in Goa

After a few days of asking around we found the cutest little house to rent in a quiet street on the outskirts of Anjuna.

Our house is not big and its not luxurious but it has everything we need – A living room, a tiny bathroom and kitchen, with the luxury of hot water, and a bedroom with hard, Indian style beds but plenty of shelves and places to put everything.

It’s the little things that count – being able to fully unpack, finding a little place for everything, a little shelf for our books, a little nook to display our trinkets and a space to hang the art we’ve collected along the way.

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A sneak peak inside our little house in Goa

The house is a little sparse but after we decorated with some sequined posters of Hindu gods, bought some fresh bed sheets, made candles from empty beer bottles (essential for the almost daily power cuts) and threw up various sarongs and saris as curtains, it started to feel like home.

 The laid back Goan lifestyle

Now I can relax, breathe, write, work knowing that I don’t have to up and move on in a couple of days. Just having the luxury of time and my own space, to sit, to soak it all in, just to be.  Taking things slowly allows the time to really get to know the area and people It gives me a much deeper connection to this place I love so much.

It’s almost too easy to relax in the laid back life style of Goa and the sunshine filled days pass alarmingly quickly.

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I love relaxing with a cup of tea in the mornings

I take great joy in little pleasures, I enjoy being able to make a cup of tea and a boiled egg in the morning just the way I like it and sit quietly on the porch watching the breeze rustling through the shady palm trees and listening to the birds. I find a quiet comfy place to sit with my laptop and just wait for the creativity and inspiration that seems to wash over me in this part of the world.

I sit out spending endless hours chatting on the steps outside to my neighbour, listening to the sound of Indian music wafting through the trees and watching ladies immaculately in colourful silk saris going to the temple or going shopping.

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A Hindu temple peaking out from behind the palm trees

I’ve given all the street dogs names,and the cats and cows that live on the dusty path outside our little house. The dogs run up to me when I walk down the path, wagging to greet me and wanting to play or just sit out on our porch and fed them whatever scraps I have left from dinner .

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One of the stray dogs we’ve befriended

Our tiny kitchen just has a mismatched array of basic utensils, a fridge and a single gas hob. Cooking here is a bit like cooking when camping but we can cook a couple of basic dishes, pasta and eggs, boil water for those all important cups on tea and keep drinks chilled. I’m also learning how to make Indian food and luckily, eating out is cheap.

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The kitchen is very basic …

Our little house is on the outskirts of Anjuna, a couple of kms from the beach but this means it has a more local feel and it is also quieter (the delicious sound of silence is a rare find in India!)

We’ve hired a motorbike for the month too to zip around the village, down to the beach and I love to just explore without really having to end up anywhere in particular.  The little junction just up the path from our house is dominated by a large white Portuguese style church and has everything we need, a couple of small shops, a popular expat super market, a roast chicken take away,  and best of all – an amazing real Italian gelato place.

Sitting here with a delicious ice cream and watching the world go by in a buzz of scooters is a way I treat myself when I’ve finished my writing for the day.

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I love having the store and the ice cream shop just round the corner

 The luxury of time to pursue a passion

It’s a luxury to wake up each day and think “what will I do today?” a luxury to not be confined to a schedule. For the days when the inspiration to write doesn’t come I revive my senses by zipping through the Goan countryside, through green paddy fields and past colourful houses or to stroll along the beach, feeling the sand between my toes and the sea breeze in my hair or watching the sun set over the crashing Arabian sea. Nothing soothes my soul like the sunshine and the sea.

It’s not just me living this life in paradise, I’m surrounded by others who have come to Goa to have the time to pursue their passions – whether it’s yoga, writing, art or making boutique crafts. And the best part, living in paradise is much more affordable than you might think. I’ve broken down all our costs here in –  How to Live in Paradise for Less Than £10 a Day (about $16)- Or…. How to Rent a House in Goa. 

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View from sunset drinks over Anjuna Beach

 

Check out what it’s like living in Anjuna in our video!

For more travel videos check out Kevin at Vagabond Impulse

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20 Comments

  • Christie says:

    Looks incredible, what a perfect place to slow down and relax! Living in Goa for a couple of months or so has been a dream of mine ever since I first visited a couple of years ago, hopefully I can make that happen this year. I really look forward to your post on the costs/rent etc of living there!

  • Scott says:

    Anna, Love it!
    Last year, my girlfriend and I spent almost 10 months on the road in Latin America. After 4-5 months, we had the opportunity to get an apartment near the beach in Peru and it was amazing! I can totally relate to how cool of a feeling it is to setup temporary roots and just enjoy some ‘normal’ days.
    Goa looks beautiful and I can’t wait to hear more about how much everything costs. The two of us are headed to India on a one-way ticket in 2 weeks…so we are both freaking out with excitement and nervousness. Can’t wait!!

    • Hey Scott, Wow South America is still on my bucket list – hopefully I’ll get over there some day I’m just so in love with Asia it is hard to leave! I’m so glad you can relate! I love travel but it is tiring and it’s nice to get a bit deeper – It’s so nice to slow down and live like a local for a bit and it’s really cheap here too!

  • Carrie says:

    So I found myself upon this blog this eve an spent the last hour or so reading ur interesting experiences I just couldn’t stop reading . Then I realised that it was you Anna, a friend from school haha.. Wow ur doing something I could only ever dream of!!! Glad u r having the time if your life right now.
    Carrie Savory xx

    • Anna says:

      Hi Carrie! Wow, so nice to hear from you! I’m so glad you liked my blog and yeah I love it so much here! 🙂 How did you find it? Are you thinking of coming to Goa!? Hope everything is good with you.

  • Robert says:

    Another great article Anna. Visited Vietnam in 2015, India is on my list for 2016. Always enjoy your articles on India for Inspiration and Must See places to visit. Can’t wait to visit Goa and area. Anjuna and our place look ideal! Rob

    • Anna says:

      Thanks so much Robert! So nice to hear and I’m really pleased to hear that you’ve put India and Goa on your travel list! I hope you love it as much as I do – it certainly changed my life!

  • I’ve always wanted to live in Goa. I’m a blogger based in Bangalore & I visit Goa every year. Loved your post and the video is amazing too 🙂

  • Rich says:

    Hello Anna,

    So my wife and I quit our jobs and are travelling for 6 months (at least) and hit Goa tomorrow. I remember reading your blog while i was still working and it helped me decide to give up work & head to India do thaks for the added inspiration. The dream is to find a house near a quiet beach and just chill!! However, finding that harder than anticipated looking online.

    Are you still in India or have you joined the rat race again? Any suggestions for living the dream would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
    Rich

    • Anna says:

      Hi Rich – so sorry I only just saw this message. So nice to hear my blog inspired you. Yes its hard to find a house online – you need to be there and look in person. I’d love to know how things went for you – are you still in Goa?

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