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Когда мы говорим о Гоа, мы, конечно же, имеем в виду теплое море, чистый пляж, ясное и солнечное небо, отдыхающих и наслаждающихся своим отдыхом туристов со всего мира, вместе со своими близкими и возлюбленными. Там я был почти две недели, и вот тогда, мой русский друг предложил познакомиться за один день с Гоа немного больше. Она наткнулась на русское туристическое агентство под названием «Твой Гоа», и увидела турпакет «Весь Гоа за один день».

Их офис находился в городе Кандолим, где мы и остановились. Место само по себе напоминает маленькую Россию. Офис давал полное ощущение того, что ты находишься в России. Все было написано по-русски, даже администратор, менеджеры и все работники были русские. Было очень странно и одновременно забавно для меня ‒ я путешествую по Индии с русским туристическим агентством, своей подругой из России и её мамой. Кроме того, я был рад, что ради меня они приняли индийские рупии, хотя оплату они принимают в долларах.

«Весь Гоа за один день»

Турпакет «Весь Гоа за один день» включал посещение храма Шри Махалса, водопада Дудхсагар, плантации специй, обед в саду, встреча со слонами, Старый  Гоа.

Наш русский гид поприветствовал нас в начале нашего путешествия. Через 2-3 минут разговора, она поняла, что я не русский, и быстро спросила: «Все говорят по-русски?». Мы все ответили «да». Она была удивлена не только моим присутствием, но и моим русским.

В течение всего пути, она знакомила группу с индийской культурой, некоторыми распространенными мифами и убеждениями индийского общества. Ну а я был там на случай того, если требовалось прояснить какие-либо моменты. Автобус стал местом интеллектуальной дискуссии об индийской культуре, где участвовал и задавал вопросы каждый из любопытства и собственных результатов наблюдения.

Проезжая спокойные дороги, имеющие зигзагообразную форму с зелеными деревьями, мы доехали до храма Шри Махалса. Было похоже, как будто богиня Махаласа, являющаяся женским воплощением бога Вишну, благословляет нас на продолжение путешествия. Храм был перенесен сюда из Сальсетте, во избежание его разрушения во время насильственной христианизации на Гоа. Гордость храма ‒ башня-дипастамбха и священный пруд. Посетителям нельзя заходить туда в купальниках, а рукава у одежды должны быть средней длины, и ноги закрыты до колен. Обувь при входе в храм  должна сниматься. Делать фотографии напротив храма запрещено. Однако вы можете сфотографировать другие места около этого храма.

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Следующая остановка была водопад Дудхсагар. Я должен признаться, что это был самый яркий и запоминающийся момент нашей поездки. Я здесь был в последний раз, когда учился в университете в городе Бенгалор. Мы ехали вдоль железнодорожного пути, и оттуда было видно это место еще лучше. Водопад можно было увидеть очень близко с самого верха! Это слово родом из санскрита. Оно состояло из двух слов, Doodh(молоко) и sagar(море), поэтому вы легко можете догадаться, почему у него такое название.

На личном автомобиле туда попасть нельзя. Мы должны были выйти с автобуса и взять джип-сафари, выдаваемый администрацией, цена за который уже входила в стоимость тура. Как только ты выходишь из автобуса, местные подходят к тебе, и предлагают купить бананы и помидоры, чтобы ты покормил обезьян. Я много раз кормил их до этого, это достаточно опасно, поэтому больше мне это не интересно. Но я все же купил бананы только потому, что их хотел мой друг. Я не знал тот факт, что там было запрещено кормить обезьян и брать с собой какую-либо еду. При входе на охраняемую территорию, государственные органы начали проверять наши сумки, хотя они и не были сильно строгими. Он спрашивали нас очень вежливо, и таким же вежливым был ответ русских туристов, «нет, бананов  у нас нет».

И начиная с этого места, прошло ещё 45 минут, прежде чем мы добрались до водопада по грунтовой дороге, переезжая реки, из которых вода плескалась прямо в джип, замочив нам все ноги. Как только мы вышли из джипов, я так удивился, увидев, что все начинают доставать бананы и кормить обезьян. Я смеялся, потому что думал, что только мы делаем такие вещи, нарушая законы. Вероятно, это результат появление излишней свободы, которой русские наслаждались,  после 74 летнего сурового советского уклада жизни.

После того, как мы слезли с джипа, мы еще должны были добираться пешком до водопада по пути, который предполагал переход через быструю горную реку с помощью каната, и к тому же, нам нужно было еще взбираться по маленьким скалам. Это было не так сложно, как это звучит; люди всех возрастов делали это спокойно. Помогая своей подруге и ее маме преодолеть трудности дороги, я начал помогать остальным туристам перебираться через реку, и неважно знал я их или нет. Девочки, мальчики, мужчины, женщины, бабушки и дети, не помню точно сколько человек я поддержал, проводил, чтобы помочь им наконец-то добраться до безопасного места. Казалось немного странным, как мужчины в России служат принудительно в армии целый год. Я предполагал, что для туристов это должно было быть очень легко, но я почувствовал, что это все для них новое, и я непременно должен проводить и поддержать их.

Doodhsagar-fall The next stop in our trip was of course, Doodhsagar falls. I would say this was the main highlight of the trip, and it is not in Goa, :P but in the adjacent state of Karnataka. Last time I came here when I was studying in Bangalore. We trekked along the railway tracks and the view was much better from there. You could actually see the fall very close on a height! The name Doodhsagar came from Sanskrit. It is made up of two words, Doodh (milk) and sagar (sea) so you can guess why it is called so. Private vehicles cannot go up to the waterfall. We had to get down and take a safari jeep provided by the administration whose fees was included in the tour package. As soon as you get down from the bus, number of local people will come to sell bananas and tomatoes to you for feeding the monkeys. I have fed monkeys a lot, it is quite dangerous and I do not find it exciting anymore. However, I bought it because my friend wanted to. I was unaware of the fact that feeding monkeys was illegal there and we cannot take any eatables inside. At the entrance of the protected area, government officials started checking our bags, though they were not so strict. They were asking politely and as polite was the response from all the fellow Russian tourists, “no, we do not have any bananas.” From that point, it took another 45 minutes to reach the falls through unmetalled roads and crossing rivers that filled water up to our feet in the jeep. As soon as we got down, I was surprised to see everyone taking out bananas and feeding the monkeys. I was laughing because I thought only Indians do such things, breaking the rules! Probably it is the effect of extra freedom, which Russians enjoy now, after the 74 years long strict soviet rule! After getting down from the jeep we still had to make our way to the fall, which required crossing fast-flowing mountainous rivers with the help of the rope and climbing small rocks. It was not as difficult as it sounds; people belonging to all age groups were doing it smoothly. Helping my friend and her mom cross all the hurdles, I started helping fellow tourists to cross whether I knew them or not. Girls, boys, men, women, babushki (grannys) and kids, I cannot remember how many people I pulled and guided or lifted to make them reach safe place. It was a bit strange for me, as men in Russia have to serve the army compulsory for one year; I assumed that it would be very easy for them, but I felt as if it was something new for them, and I had to guide them and pull them the same way.

Этот день произвел на меня неизгладимое впечатление, так как я потерял свои тапочки, в попытке помочь своему другу и, пытаясь сберечь свой телефон, переходя через реку с помощью каната. С этого места я всю экскурсию прошагал босиком: по зарослям, в саду, по улицам и в церкви, туда мне тоже пришлось зайти без тапочек. В результате, благодаря усиленному массажу абсолютно всех точек, ноги были красные. Спасибо матушке земле!

Плантация специй ‒ наша следующая остановка. Плантация была похожа на лес, где ты мог увидеть, как растут специи. Это интересное место для тех, кто хочет узнать больше о самых распространенных специях, входящих в ежедневный рацион питания. Однако для человека из Индии здесь нет ничего нового. :) Но, идея представить иностранным туристам индийские специи и их разнообразие, является все-таки замечательной. Для нас приготовили обед в традиционном индийском стиле на банановом листе; справа на столе стоял чай и алкогольный местный напиток «фени». Я мило беседовал с экскурсоводом, когда несколько девушек подошли и заняли места возле меня, всем было интересно узнать, что же лежит на тарелке. Интересно, что в любое время, диалог мог принять духовный и интеллектуальный характер.  Не важно, куда ты отправляешься, на Гоа или в Варанаси, если ты приехал в Индию, ты не уедешь отсюда, не получив духовного урока в этой замечательной древней стране.

spice-plantation-garden-goa This day gave me an unforgettable moment as I lost my slippers in an attempt to support my friend and save my mobile while crossing the river with the help of the rope. From that point, I walked barefoot throughout the trip: in the jungle, in the garden, on the streets and in the church. The result was red feet due to excessive acupressure by mother earth! Our next stop was spice plantation garden. It was like a forest where you could see spices growing. It is an interesting place if you want to know a little more about the common spices that you include in your food daily. However, for an Indian there is not anything new. :) Nevertheless, it is a good concept to introduce foreign tourists to Indian spices and their richness. We were provided lunch in traditional Indian style on Banana leaf; tea and Goan feni (local alcohol) was served right on the table. I was having a friendly conversation with the guide when a group of girls came and occupied seats next to me, everyone was curious to know what was there on their plate. It was interesting to see that whenever we had free time, the conversation took a spiritual and intellectual turn. No matter if you visit Goa or Varanasi, if you came to India you will not go without taking some spiritual lessons from this ancient country.

В саду специй можно увидеть слонов, покататься на них или искупаться с ними, так как они обливают тебя водой прямо из хобота. Интересно, не правда ли? Мы с моей подругой решили прокатиться на слоне. Стоило это 600 индийских рупиев на каждого, за небольшую спокойную прогулку на слонах.

Наша следующая остановка ‒ Старый Гоа. Там мы посетили несколько потрясающих церквей Гоа и Азии. Кафедральный собор святой Екатерины является самым большим храмом в Азии. Собор известен «Золотым колоколом», который является самым большим в Гоа и одним из лучших в мире. Звон слышен на расстоянии 14 км. Церковь принадлежит к 16 веку, время, когда европейцы начали вести принудительную христианизацию в Индии. Мы также посетили Базилику Бом Иисуса, хранящую останки святого апостола Индии Франциско Ксаверия. Он был самым успешным католическим миссионером в истории христианства.

cathedral-of-st.-catherine-goa In the spice garden you can see elephants, ride on them or bath with them as elephants splash water on you from their trunks. Interesting, isn’t it? My friend and I decided to take a ride on the elephant. It was for 600 rupees each (not included in the package) for a quiet small ride. Our last stop was Old Goa where we visited some of the most magnificent churches of Goa and Asia. Cathedral of St. Catherine is the biggest church in Asia. The cathedral is known for its Golden bell, which is biggest in Goa and one of the best in the world. Once sounded, the vibration of the bell can be heard as far as 14 Km! The church belongs to 16th century, which was the time when Europeans started forced Christianisation of India. We also visited Basilica of Bom Jesus, which has the relics of the Apostle of India, St. Francisco Xavier. He is known as the most successful catholic missionary in the world in the history of Christianity.

Уже был вечер и наш экскурсовод предложил нам два варианта дальнейшего развития событий: посетить музей или вернуться домой. Мы все были переполнены эмоциями, но усталость взяла свое. Мы решили вернуться домой, мои ноги были красными, со следами от травы, камней  и неровной дороги в лесу. Но я ни обращал на это никакого внимания, потому что утонул в блаженстве, полученном в результате этого путешествия. Наш экскурсовод на обратном пути рассказывал нам больше об индийской мифологии, и я замечтался. Моя подруга мило спала, облокотивших на окно, а ее мама улыбалась. В автобусе была тишина не потому, что мы устали, а потому, что каждый из нас пытался сохранить прелесть сегодняшнего дня. Спасибо Гоа, агентству «Твой Гоа» и экскурсоводу Елене за великолепный день!

«Твой Гоа» это российское турагентство, которое находится в Гоа. Эх! Вы наверно подумаете, что я сумасшедший. Цены там были доступными, вероятно потому, что это была не британская компания. Вы можете получить 5% скидку, если заказывайте тур через website. Дети могут получит дополнительную 50% скидку и оплатить можно будет после экскурсии. У туристов часто существуют мифы об индийской культуре, независимо от того, были ли они в Индии или нет; далее приведен список 10 самых распространенных мифов (top ten myths about India), составленных русским журналистом из Санкт-Петербурга. Это наши личные рекомендации для тебя, которые помогут развеять твои сомнения об Индии.  🙂

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Вы когда-нибудь были в Гоа? Где Вы побывали и что Вы там делали? Поделись с нами своим опытом, взглядом и советами в комментариях ниже. Наша команда журналистов хотела бы поговорить с тобой. Следи за новостями на своих любимых социальных сетях и не забудь поделиться с друзьями. :)

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  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
  2. Deep breathe for at least five minutes – Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the opportunity to deep breathe for at least five minutes. Why? Well, there have been numerous studies that have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels. This means that you will feel better, get an improved night’s sleep, and you will have less anxiety too.
  3. Drink more water – You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored. Your body needs water for almost every function. If you are dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, pains, aches, and a number of other symptoms.
  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
  7. Do something nice for someone every day – You will be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and by how much this has a positive impact on your health. It’s all about mental well being. When you do something nice for another person, you are benefitting their health, as well as your own. First and foremost, there is no denying that it feels good to hear some nice words for someone or to get a helping hand when you need it. You feel recognised and appreciated, and this is something we all need. At the same time, doing something nice for someone else and seeing their reaction can make you feel amazing too. After all, doing something good for someone is a gift for yourself at the same time. You will find that the deed continues throughout the day, making you feel great and happy within yourself. 
  8. Incorporate some movement into your commute – If you do not have an active job, this is particularly important. Sitting at a computer all day can be bad for your health. One way to combat this is by incorporating some movement into your commute. If you can walk or bike to work, you should give this a go. If not, start parking your car further away from your place of work so that you have to walk there and back. You should also start using the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
  9. Start meal planning – You will find it much easier to eat healthily if you plan your meals. At the start of every week, make a menu of what you are going to cook for dinner every evening, as well as what you are going to make for your lunches every day. Not only will this help you to eat better, but you will save money too. Make sure you incorporate some healthy snacks into your food prep for work. This will stop you from going to the vending machine whenever you are bored or your energy is zapped. The great thing about the times we live in at the moment is that you can easily get recipes and meal prep inspiration online. So, if you are struggling, simply do a little bit of digging online and we are sure that you will find a lot of different options when it comes to meal ideas and clever food prep suggestions for the week ahead. Not only is this going to help you to be more organized, but you will find that it actually saves you quite a bit of money in the process. After all, when we do not have a food plan for the week ahead, we tend to spend a lot of money on items we do not need. Food can end up going in the bin because we do not use it. This ends up in an awful lot of waste, and we should all be looking to reduce this, so meal prep is great in many ways.
  10. Keep a journal – Last but not least, keeping a journal is good for a person’s mental health. You should write down your thoughts. It doesn’t need to be a long entry; you can simply jot down a few bullet points every evening. This will help you to articulate your thoughts so that they do not wear you down. After all, it can be very difficult to sleep if you have lots on your mind. A lot of experts advise this approach for people who suffer from insomnia. One of the main reasons why a lot of people struggle to get the hours of sleep they need is because they cannot shut off when they go to sleep; their minds are still going at a million miles per hour. They are thinking about what they need to do the following day and any worries or concerns that they may have. Because of this, it very much makes sense to keep a journal so you can offload some of these thoughts and worries and you can have a much more restful night of sleep. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you will see that it actually does make a significant difference when it comes to drifting off and enjoying a good night of rest. 

So there you have it: some of the best ways to give your health a boost. The suggestions that have been provided are really simple and easy, so there is no excuse not to give yourself a bit of TLC. we are sure that you will start to notice a difference as time goes on. However, as is the case with anything, it requires patience and persistence. You cannot expect to turn your health around in one night.

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Why Buy A Business, Rather Than Start One

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There are good and bad sides to buying a business and starting your own business from scratch. For lots of people, the positives of buying an established business outweigh the positives of starting a business. Here are the reasons why buying an existing business could be the right choice.

Easier To Secure Finance

All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

During this stage, you will need to pay out for things like your premises, as well as equipment, installation of equipment, stock, materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a license, uniforms, and more. 

If you don’t have finance in place or another form of income, this stage can be very tough for a new business owner. If you buy a business, you can start earning from day one, and avoid this tricky period where you might be out of pocket.  

Established Brand

When you buy a business that already exists, you are also buying into a brand that is already known, recognizable, and has a track record. You get the business complete with all the trademarks, copyrights, and websites associated with it, as well as the business locations

This means that your business will already have customers, lenders, suppliers, and other contacts that are confident in the business already. 

Instant Customer Access

An existing business also has customers already, which can help you succeed straight away. You can use a range of strategies and marketing to build on the existing customer base, but won’t have to struggle to build a customer base from scratch. 

Established Network Of Contacts

When you start a business from scratch, a lot of your time and energy has to be put into building up a network of contacts. 

All businesses need to have supplier and marketing contacts, so buying an existing business that already has those contacts in place allows you to hit the ground running.

Like money lenders, suppliers and marketing companies are more likely to offer you more favourable terms if your business has been around for a while and they know it.  

Focus On Growing The Business

When an entrepreneur starts a new business, they will have to put a lot of their energy into getting their business off the ground. This takes a lot of time and can be very tiring. 

On the other hand, when you take over a business that is already established, you’ll be freer to focus on the areas of the business that most need your attention, aiding the growth of the business as a whole. 

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