Gentle, Charming, Goa!!

I had 10 lovely days in Goa, and spur of the moment arrangements were done as only the BK’s can. I stayed in a flat with Sister Maduri who was just lovely and did everything for me possible, plus she was a wonderful cook, she wouldn’t let me lift a finger! I wanted to buy the sister a present for the centre and the flat, she said no and then said she would like matching bed sheets for guest bedroom, where I was.

‎She was so humble in her request, I brought 2 bed covers and 2 matching towels, she showed them to everyone that came in, they were very colourful, purple and blue! I think they will be well used.

I had a car and a driver, so I did lot of touring around. Goa has 2 parts North and South. The North is very crowded and busy with lots of Indian and British Tourists, the South is very serene with beautiful resorts and beaches, lots of Europeans and Russian tourists, and the hotels are very expensive!

7 star hotel in Goa India!!

7 star hotel in Goa India!! 

Same beautiful hotel!

Same beautiful hotel! 

Goa has brand a new airport and they are building a second‎ one, to bring in charter flights, I feel some of the charm will leave as the traffic gets worse, new housing is going up all around! The BK’S are very strong with centres all over the place, some in the cities, but many are serving the villages (lots of Meditation programs). I visited one very old centre, where the house was 100 years old, the original beams and structure was there (quite beautiful). As usual I needed a manicure and pedicure, I asked the driver if he knew of place, he led me down alley, where I discovered 3 floors of shops offering every service you could possibly imagine, it was clean, beautiful, efficient, and fast. I had a pedicure, a manicure, and my eyebrows threaded and tinted for just about 25 dollars. The quality was superb!

On either side of me were 2 brides, one was having a 2-day wedding with 700 people, and the other young woman was having just under thousand. I asked how they could afford such events and I was told that the parents save from the time these girls are born; anyhow I was invited to both, which was very gracious!!

Lounge area for guests at Indian wedding!

Lounge area for guests at Indian wedding! 

I talked to the Sisters in Chennai and wondered how things were going; life was slowly getting back to normal, which was great news.

I also met Lila,

Breakfast with Lila!!!

Breakfast with Lila!!! 

who I had met 3 years ago when I had strange visit to Goa to see a project, which wasn’t really there, by a friend of Lila’s. I am now on plane to Singapore. Next stop Bali!!

Thank you Prashant!

Extra Picture:

View from terrace at Taj Hotel!

View from terrace at Taj Hotel!

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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2 Responses to Gentle, Charming, Goa!!

  1. Hello Betty

    This is Rainuka from Vancouver. How are you doing? Today we are celebrating Christmas. Hope you are having good time in India.

    Rest is ok, take care.

    Rainuka

    Sent from Samsung tablet

  2. prue (chambers) says:

    Loved the info re your trip to Goa and hope you continue to have a wonderful time travelling! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and see you when you are back in Toronto!

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