Breda in the Netherlands, yes. Antwerp in Belgium, yes. Sydney Australia, yes. But my new hometown Agonda, India. No. I could have never imagined. Still, for a part of the year this is where I live. A part of the year, because I stay a digital nomad.
There are places you go and fall in love with. Agonda was love on first side, when I came here for the first time. Back in 2010, to do my yoga Teacher Training Course at Sampoorna yoga. Quiet, friendly people, not commercialized yet, an amazing beach and water with great temperature to swim in for hours and hours.
But there is a difference between falling in love with a place and wanting to live their. In those days my dream was still living in a big city. That shifted to living on the edge of a big city to what it is now: living in the neighborhood of a big city. At the same time I love the road. I love traveling. So the idea now is to find a base for a few months a year and then travel for a few months.
That base is partly here, in Agonda. Not expected, but years ago (2012) I got offered a job at Sampoorna. I had to say ‘no’ back then, because I had my own yoga school. When I sold my school, end of 2014, to my surprise the job offer still counted and I took it. And here I am, back in Agonda. Teaching and living here for 5 months a year.
It isn’t the same Agonda anymore. Tourism is slowly taking over. But still, it’s a nice, little place, with lots of cows and scooters on the streets. If you’ve never been there, or are curious where I live, check out this ‘city map’ of my hometown Agonda.