Walk to Colver

Jan 14th, 2018 | By | Category: Articles

“It’s easy to get to Colva,” my neighbour here in Agonda (south Goa) said “just cross the river at the end of the beach at low tide then walk along the shore until you find the path that goes up the hill.”

I set off along the beach in my flip flops, took them off to cross the river at low tide, then searched for the pathway leading up the hill. I found a path that went straight up the steep side of the hill, then deteriorated into nothing. I found myself in the middle of a wood, whose dry leaves carpeted the steep, almost vertical slope. Grasping a twig, I pulled one foot up the slope, then searched for something else to hold, in order to drag the other foot up, without sliding back on the slippery leaves or falling over. I was almost parallel to the ground, due to the steepness of the slope and I had to deal with numerous low hanging branches. I disturbed a red ant’s nest, invisible under the leaves, and was soon covered in ants, scurrying around, investigating and stinging.

After what seemed like an age, I reached the top and an impenetrable thicket of brambles, thorns, bushes and trees. I decided that I definitely did not want to go back down that treacherous hill, so somehow I needed to tackle the thicket. I chose what looked like the least dense patch and began breaking off twigs and branches until I had cleared a hole big enough to crawl through. I repeated this operation many times, emerging after some time scratched, with pieces of bark and leaves in my hair.

To be continued

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