After spending five nights in lovely Agonda it was time to move north and spend our last four nights in yet a nice, quiet beach paradise – Mandrem. Our “move” took place on a Wednesday which is the day when Anjuna beach holds its weekly “hippie market”. And that we did not want to miss. After checking in to our chic bungalow in Yab Yum resort we hopped in to the taxi again and drove back the 30 minutes to Anjuna. We arrived just about an hour before closing time. But it was enough to get a glimpse of this huge market that sells everything from the typical Indian things to handicrafts made by foreigners living in the area.
Besides being famous as the old hippie mecca (not so much any more), Anjuna was also the birth place of Goa Trance and huge parties used to be held on the beaches. Nowadays music has to stop by 22:00 (this goes for whole of Goa which is why the headphone parties in Palolem, see my previous post). I am not much of a trance fan myself but it was interesting to listen to some as we were having dinner in a lovely roof top beach bar. Seated on the floor, enjoying a meal, a drink and some trance in the back ground we got to feel a completely different ambiance than southern Goa. After dinner (around 20:00) we even danced a bit as the DJ continued playing. It felt like in the middle of the night. At aroud 21:00 we were happy to jump in to a taxi and get back to Yab Yum. In Goa all taxis are private. Most of the drivers has huge loud speaker installations in the back of the car as it is not only the tourist that enjoys the Goa beats 🙂 The trance followed us all the way back to the hotel, where another world opened up which I will tell more about in the next and last post from this amazing India trip.
If you understand Swedish you can listen to my Anjuna report in below Youtube clip, with Goa trance beating in the background 😉