Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Tigers in Goa

Rewind to August 1984: A bunch of students from several parts of India find themselves on the picturequese campus of Clemson University. Set on the banks of Lake Hartwell by the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, USA, it's the beginning of a couple of years together on campus. 

January 2016: The Tigers finally get together for a much anticipated reunion planned several months in advance. Location: Sun, sea and sand of Calangute-Baga, Goa, India. 

Being 'season', the beach shacks and sun beds are still in full blown. They start disappearing in March, as overseas guests get back home and the summer temperature starts to climb. Domestic visitors have been staying almost year during recent times.

Oops, that's camera and water bottle management for you. 

Look Ma, no footwear. 

The good old Tiger cap.

Chalston Resort, from the beach.

Typical walk from Chalston Resort to Emmanuel Beach Shack.

Emmanuel Beach Shack, run by my friend Robert, known him since June 1983. 

At Souza Lobo, an oasis in the midst of super busy Calangute.

At Calamari Beach Shack in Candolim-Sinquerim further south from Calangute.

Infantaria in Baga, known for their 'all day breakfast and dining', they stay open very, very late. 

We stayed at Chalston Resort, probably one of the best located Resorts in the Calangute-Baga area, with the restaurant looking over the sea. 

The board in the reception thoughtfully said 'Welcome Clemson Tigers!!'. 

Nick arrives! 

Cottage A1. 

Cottage T4. 

The Professor from Chennai continues his research sitting by Cottage A1.

Typical well maintained gardens all over the Chalston property.

Walking down across the gardens to the Beach restaurant.

During the 'Go Tigers' cake cutting. 

Lunch before Satya heads back to Chennai. 

The management and staff at Chalston were exceptionally warm and hospitable - from Anthony at the Reception to housekeeping to the boys in the Restaurant. Thank you!

Thank you for traveling from far away to make Reunion 2016 possible. We look forward to Reunion 2017!

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