As it got closer to the conference date I started doing a little bit more research about our actual destination: Goa, India. I have to admit that I had never even heard of it before, despite the fact that it is a pretty popular tourist destination. Since we were traveling during their monsoon season, I worried that we would be stuck inside the whole time because of torrential rain. It turns out that we couldn't have gone at a better time. The weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous with very little rain and we pretty much had the place to ourselves since tourist season hasn't started.
Jesse had to work long days during most of our trip but we still managed to do some fun things and Emerson and I stayed busy during the day. The resort was amazing and it felt so good to see so much greenery surrounding us! It's such a change from where we live now, And even though it was hot, it was not unbearable so we were able to spend a lot of time outside. We also went to the pool every single day. Their kiddie pool was the perfect depth for Emerson and she spent hours walking all around. (More pics of E in the pool to come later this week! I couldn't swim with her and take pics at the same time! Ha! :)
I honestly think it was one of the best resorts we have ever been to! The people were so friendly and helpful and I loved our room. We had stairs leading from our patio right out into the lawn that overlooks the bay.
Emerson loved all of the room to roam- especially the grass and the brick pathways.
I was a little bit worried about how Emerson would do in a hotel room for such a long time, but she settled right in! She slept great all week and even napped well! When I'm at home I feel like I need to be doing something while she nap, but since I had to keep the room dark and quiet, I was able to use the time to relax a little bit myself. I read a bit and even napped a few times! That's practically unheard of for me so it was really refreshing! During some of Jesse's time off we hung out and watched movies. I was honestly surprised that E didn't go crazy in such a small space but she did great!
We didn't go down to the beach because they say it's quite polluted during monsoon season but we did enjoy the sound of the waves from our room. It really was the perfect setting!
Since it was a conference, several of the guys that do the same job as Jesse brought their wives. It was so awesome to meet other women who are living a similar experience and I made some wonderful new friends. (More on this in future posts.)
I only left the resort a few times during our 8 day stay. The main reason being that it's such a pain to lug the carseat and stroller around everywhere and I saved our outings for the days that Jesse could go with us. While traveling through the streets of India, I was immediately reminded of our time in Africa. I honestly felt like I was back in Burundi! Despite being one of the richest areas of India and quite developed, it is still much different than what most of us are used to. There were farm animals and stray dogs roaming the streets, as well as piles of trash everywhere that you looked. It's pretty amazing how different it is from inside the walls of the resort.
Overall I have to say that I am so glad that we decided to tag along with Jesse for this little adventure! I am fairly certain that we will never get the opportunity to travel to India again, so it truly was a once in a lifetime experience. Check back over the next few days because I will be sharing some of the highlights of our trip, and, of course, tons more pictures!