By Karen Peace

I hail from…

Scotland, U.K. My family is originally from the Orkney Islands off the North East coast of Scotland.

The first time I came to Goa…

was for New Years Eve 1999. We had been traveling all over North India and decided to come all the way down to Goa for a special millennium experience. Even though it was packed we still got an immediate feel for the Goa Vibe from day one, and immediately fell totally in love with Goa, Goans and all that is Goa.

What made me want to settle

the lush natural beauty of Goa and the close-knit community of artisans living.

A heritage site you wouldn’t miss…

I like Old Goa and Reis Magos Fort.

I’ve been here for…

18 years and Goa is my home now.

Here, I keep my self occupied with…

the daily running of my business “Cheshire Cat Jewellery Gallery GOA”, in Assagao. We design and create beautiful unique pieces of gold and silver jewellery. It’s a family business and I LOVE my work.

I like Goa so much because…

I am inspired and free to express myself through my jewellery design and I meet so many fascinating people from all over India and from the entire world who pass through our showroom every day to buy our beloved jewellery creations.

Life in Goa is all about…

a great balance of relaxing and working. We enjoy the community spirit of small village life with just enough of a cosmopolitan vibe to keep everything buzzing and the business booming without big city stress.

My favourite dining place in Goa is…

Villa Blanche Bistro, it is in our Assagao Village close to Cheshire Cat Gallery, and is very homely with a really varied and tasty menu, and great vegan dishes.

My must-visit recommendations in Goa are…

to get up very early and to explore your local nature on foot… take a bird watching nature tour, or an eco friendly dolphin watching trip.

I go for a beach bumming day to…

Ashwem beach.

What I do every time I get a chance…

get up at the crack of dawn and go for a long beach walk before the rest of the world wakes up…

What I would never do in Goa is

Burn plastic garbage or generally throw unwanted garbage anywhere.

My tips to people who want to move here are…

take the plunge.. come and live the dream…and realise too that there is a huge difference in lifestyle between season time and monsoon months.



Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

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