Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.
What I was up to other than here:
- Books: I finished [easyazon_link identifier=”0778317765″ locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]The Good Girl[/easyazon_link]. I thought it was terrible. Can’t wait to start a new one but haven’t had time this week.
- Off to Bali tomorrow with Ben! Will be at Rapture Surf Camp with him for a week then spending two weeks traveling around the island with a friend.
Now your story,
Ben’s birthday was this week! We hired out the only boat in Vaayu you can do wakeboarding on, Vaayu’s boat.
Vaayu is a place I’ve mentioned on here a few times, like when I shared we went there for Christmas, and as a great place to meet people when you’re traveling Goa alone.
You can hire the boat by the hour and only 4 people (plus the boat driver and his helper) can go on if you are wanting to wakeboard, although 8 can go if you just want to chill and watch a sunset.
You have to go at high tide, and we went at around 330 pm. You don’t meet them at Vaayu, though, because they don’t do this on the ocean. You go on the boat in the backwaters, which are really beautiful in Goa. So, you’ll meet in Morjim by a little jetty.
There’s a cooler on board, so you can bring your own beer and wine or you can also pay Vaayu to supply you some snacks and beverages.
The guys decided I should go first. I hadn’t wakeboarded before so was nervous I wouldn’t get up, and I didn’t on the first go. I let the handle slip out from my hands- I hadn’t realized how quickly and hard it would pull when the slack went straight.
But on the second go, it was all good!
I went for ages on my last attempt and felt my quads about to give out. I was feeling so tired! It’s a serious workout. I kind of went off the side and let myself fall haha, I was shot!
Next up, it was Ben’s turn.
Ben’s more of a pro and tried to do jumps on the wake, but I took mostly video of him in case he did something really cool. He had fun!
Next up, Sharik and Pranav, who are friends of ours, took their turns. Neither of them had much luck but it was fun regardless.
Rahul, who is part-owner of Vaayu drove the boat. You have to have a license so you can’t take the boat out without a driver. A guy came with him to help him get the board sorted and all of that.
It’s just so beautiful on the backwaters and spending time in a boat is so relaxing. It’s shocking that we NEVER do this in Goa! It was seriously the best thing I’ve done in Goa in ages, and made Ben’s birthday a little more unique than just going to the beach.
When his Aunt and Uncle come to visit, we are going to take it out as well. I think they’ll love it, although not sure they’ll want to wakeboard!
Vaayu is a hotel but also had Prana Cafe in it, which is their popular restaurant. Most Sunday’s we go there for tacos. The chef is a friend of ours and makes the BEST food. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
Their rooms are a variety of teepees and actual rooms with walls/ceiling, etc. It’s a “hippie” hangout and a lot of that is because they have an artist in residency program so people are always bopping in and out with their artwork and music. It’s part party place part chillout place.
They rent out SUP, surfboards, kayaks, and of course the boat. We rented surf boards on Christmas! Definitely a place to check out – and made for a fun birthday celebration!
After we went there we went to Hillbelly for dinner.
It’s a restaurant our friends own in Siolim and does tasty American style sandwiches + great cocktails. So, that’s how we spent Ben’s birthday in Goa! My birthday is always in the monsoon, or I would want to do this too!
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Happy birthday Ben!
Is there any problem on this page because I am not being able to see any other pictures except one. I can only see ‘vaayu boat rental’ instead of your picture. May be due to some issues on your side or mine. I thought you should know if it is not an issue on my side.
Anyway happy birthday Ben
Yes, there seems to be an issue with the images and I’m trying to find out what that is :( thanks for telling me
Happy Birthday Ben!
What a lovely birthday present Rachel. Going out to sea and wakeboarding sounds like so much fun, and looks like it too!
p.s. Love the photos on your new camera! :)
Thank you – the new camera pics are 10x better than the phone, it’s like I was blind before lol!
Happy birthday Ben! This looks like so much fun – what a great way to spend the day! A little bit jealous over here :)