Some handy pointers from a tourist-resident

I have now been in Goa long enough to know that Mojigao is an Israeli restaurant, not a village in North Goa. The other day at a house party in Anjuna, somebody asked me how long I had been here. This is the kind of question you get asked all the time in Goa since everybody is from somewhere else unless of course, they are Goan. “Just under five months,” I answered. “Ah you are one of those, a tourist-resident,” he replied, not unkindly. I nodded, pleased with the term.

There is so much about Goa that I don’t know and I am yet to learn. Every day, I am embracing new experiences and discovering new people. But it has undoubtedly been the best move I made in 2020, the most unforgettable of years.

So if you’re planning a move to the sunshine state soon, here are a few things that you should know. A small disclaimer: these notes are based on my own limited experience and exposure and are not meant to be definitive.

Don’t rely on your old networks
Unlike in other big cities, alumni networks and club memberships are all of limited help here. People in Goa are from everywhere and anywhere, from Nagpur to Nagaland, from Nigeria to Norway. And yet, they are willing to help you make connections if you are a newcomer and if you ask nicely. A friend who had lived here for several years described it as “a place where all the misfits from everywhere else come to fit together.”

But make sure you have the right connectivity
If you don’t have your own transport, getting around can be painful, since it involves protracted negotiations with taxi drivers, anytime you choose to go anywhere. Similarly, internet connectivity can be abysmal, disappearing for hours at a time. Now, for the first time in my life, I have two mobile numbers—one on Airtel and the other on Jio to cover all my bases.

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