Olaulim village is not one of the touristy villages in Goa – thank god for that. I had the good fortune to stay for a night at one of the more interesting households in the country, set in little Olaulim village. Savio, the head of the house is a Goan who finally “settled down” (after wandering the world as a tour guide, hotelier, scuba diving instructor etc). His graceful wife Pirkko, moved to Goa from, hold your breath!, Finland. Along with their little son Manuel (calm, artisty gent) and even smaller daugher Shameena (boisterous, bossy & adorable) they have created a warm and loving home that was a pleasure to stay in. Giving much needed activity to the 3 acre, waterfront plot they set their house in (see video below), is the veritable menagerie of pets they have. Here is the census :
3 dogs – Masti, Manali and Mango (all sleek, large and fast)
1 pony – Caio (see photo above of Caio on one of his regular attempts to break in to the house)
1 cat – Kisu (sleepy)
1 rooster – Henry (your know how roosters are!)
3 hens – Henrietta 1, Henrietta 2, Henrietta 3 (and you know how hens are…)
In Olaulim, I also bummed a beer off Kaushik, the reclusive product designer who escaped the clutches of India’s big cities and met Mrs Pinto who gave me a tour of an old Goa home.
To everyone at Olaulim, here is a thank you.
(Here is another grainy video – this time, a pan across the grounds of the Savio household)