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Panaji, Goa

Written on: Tuesday April 21st, 2009

A journal entry from: In the spiced Indian air....

 First - check out the Mumbai pictures on the previous entry, there's a link right above this :) 

We've been in Panaji for two days now and LOVE it much more than Mumbai.  Although we found the people in Mumbai to be very friendly, having a little personal space here is very nice. The town has around 1 million residents, so it's pretty funny we think it's small coming from Canada. But after having been in a city of 30 mil....

The Goa area is very unique in India, they have the highest per capita income and longest life expectancy in all of India.  Goa also oozes Portuguese influence. Walking down the streets I had to keep reminding myself I was in India!  The architecture is all colonial portuguese, exactly what you see in Lisbon but on a smaller scale. Panaji actually rivaled Lisbon back in the day.  The Portuguese came here to control the valuable spice trade route that ran from China all the way through India to Europe.

We are staying in a very cute guesthouse with rock hard beds and pillows... but of course we can't complain, we're in India! :)

Today we made a trip to Old Goa where the Portuguese built numerous churches, one that even houses the remains of St Francis! If you look up the story, it is actually quite interesting. For some reason his remains refuse to rot, the Chinese discected the body, removing an arm and other parts to examine it. As far as I know, all of the remains now lay here Old Goa, where the next examination is to take place in 2014 (now every 10 years). It will be interesting to see what they find.

Overall we feel much more comfortable here and are looking forward to settling down for a week or so at Anjuna beach nearby.

 

From Lauren on Apr 21st, 2009

Hey Nica, Miss you lots, looks like you girls are having an amazing trip. Can't wait to keep reading your awesome blog. Love ya lots and stay safe. :)

From Mom on Apr 22nd, 2009

Snow storms in April suck! Enjoy the heat in India. Java misses you and has posted a photo on Facebook for you.

From Aunty Norma on Apr 23rd, 2009

Hey Jen..gramma and grampa and me are fascinated with the pictures. I found them looking at them and discussing when I went over last night. Thanks for your good writing too. Wedding plans are proceeding..shower in Calgary this weekend. Wish you were around. Love (and prayers)