i reached goa with three other girls..and as would have in store for us..the coolie at the railway station who carried our bags..just vanished!!me and the other girl were a nervous wreck!we dint know what to do..we checked from one corner to the other in search of him..with our bags..and guess what happens??!he was standing right outside the main entrance waiting for us!we had nearly called a cop by then..he lost us in the crowd and was waitin for us!both of us heaved a sigh of relief!definitely not a good start..i thought.anyways,i was thankful that everything was fine!and we reached the BITS,Pilani Goa campus in a taxi with a driver who was talking at a rate faster than the speed of the taxi itself!!
and there was the campus..well,initially i thought it was some five star resort..the four of us were totally awestruck!and we nearly fainted when we saw the hostels!my room at home is not as beautiful as was the room here..am serious!!and the best of all..there was connectivity..high speed broadband in all the rooms..i was on cloud nine!!there could'nt have been a better place to be!!ya..not to forget the lovely weather!!so after unpacking and resting,the four of us set for a campus tour.i met some other friends doing the same..and then we discovered..'mongini's..that's a yum..i mean yummm bakery right inside the campus!!and the donuts there..ahh...heaven!!we had dinner at the mess and it was far better than what we get back on campus!anyways,it was time to get back because the real purpose of being in goa..remember PS..!!was to start the next day..!
so,there came the first day,with lots of anticipating and lost faces,trying to find what everyone else was doing.the institute had arranged a bus to take us to our respective places.nearly all the stations were in the same industrial area called 'verna' which was a good seven kilometers from the campus.ok!iam not going to give a day by day description of all the days(though all we did was..talk..talk and talk more!!).there were 10 of us in our station..mostly never before seen faces!but by the end of training,i knew i had made friends for life.well,all together it was brilliant fun!hmm,i was telling about goa..PS stories would need an entire web page!!
ok..since most of us had working saturdays,all we got for ourselves was a lone sunday!and we had these cars available for rent who would take us to all the places 'one has to see'!we would be a group of 7-8 girls..absorbing every inch of what we saw and having the best time of our lives.beaches..my personal favourites are palolim and sinquerim(well,there are nearly 25 beaches in goa).the white foaming waters,ancient remains of forts on the shore,palm trees adoring the beaches,lots of colorful things being sold by hawkers..well..one has to be there!the churches..built well before in time..stood proud with their breath taking architecture.nearly every church had an interesting history.then there are some shopping places..bright and full of life..the real goa city looks like some picture postcard!the streets,the houses all are designed in a beautiful english architectural style.and pizza hut,as usual was good as ever(my tummy grumbles even if i just mention pizza!!).
another good part of the campus was the library!!there were days when i literally finished two novels a day..one can't find a better way to spend the days at the station..right??!and not to forget WI-FI on campus!it's practically impossible for me to write about evrything.now looking back,all i can say is PS 1 at goa was probably one of the best ever times spent.if it had'nt been for PS...
i am not able to complete the sentence because i can't imagine what all i would have missed!!