20 March 2009

Morning crossing the Mandovi

Early day mist over the Mandovi River before it empties into the Arabian Sea at Panaji, or Panjim, the capital of Goa on India's west coast. The last residue of Portuguese rule on the vanquished in 1961 when the Indian army marched into Goa and occupied it, but vestiges of Portuguese imperialism remain in the crumbling architecture, the Catholic faith, the place names and family names. One of our taxi drivers, Vasco Fernandez, who talked big and delivered little, took us to the main historical site in Old Goa, but when we wanted to visit one of the smaller churches, he claimed we had already been there, then later that it was closed. We hadn’t, and it was open.

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