Saligao, Goa

February 6, 2011

The date was January 17, 2011. I was still in a post-wedding daze, and was on my way from south to north Goa to meet a friend of Dan Saulnier’s (who is a best friend of mine in Boston). I knew only that his name was Darryl Pereira, and that he was “awesome.” I made my way to the airport via bus, and then after a quick call to confirm his address, managed to arrive on his doorstep in Saligao. We met and then immediately proceeded to go out and buy PVC and sprinklers, go home and start building said sprinkler system, have a quick shower, meet friends, play pool, drink, meet more friends, go out for pizza with even more friends (nine by now), navigate treacherous Goan roads, and be home for bed sometime in the wee hours of the morning.

It was so great, I didn’t leave for another week and a half.

The description “awesome” that Dan gave me of Darryl was an apt description. Without complimenting him too much (because I know he will read this), Darryl is a man with limitless energy, excitement, and love. He is  a drummer, an investor, a teacher, an organic prawn farmer, a partier, and a father. With him I met and became friends with some great people, ate some of the best food of my life, set up a sprinkler system, became a hardcore Saligao United fan, and had many, many good conversations over Indian Story coffee and homemade feni. I will be back soon.

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