Maina, Curtorim and around
24.11.2007 - 02.12.2007 28 °C
I seem to have fallen behind quite a bit on this blog, but let me try and catch you up...
We arrived in Margao, the largest town in South Goa, on the 23rd of November. The train ride down from Mumbai was scenic, among palm trees, over rivers, past fields of freshly planted, emerald green rice shoots.
From the train station in Margao, we caught a rickshaw to the house that belonged to Alan's grqandmother's family (the Rodrigues family), in the village of Maina outside of Margao. His auntie Philo is living there, and we went to stay with her for a while.
The house is simple but lovely, in the old Portuguese-Goan style. It is set back from the road in a small hill, surrounded by coconut palms and teak trees - and is shaded nicely by a huge, old mango tree. Apparantly, this tree gives the most delicious mangoes, but alas, this is not the mango season.
Philo took good care of us, and her fantastic food threatened to fatten us up well and good. We also got to know Margao quite well in the time we spent there, and toured down to the Southern beaches at Colva, Benaulim and Palolem on the old scooter that Alan bought. It is an old Bajaj Chetak, made in India, but it looks almost exactly like an old Vespa. A scooter or bike is definetely the best way to see Goa, as you get to see the back roads and small towns and villages. We drove through rice paddies and palm groves, and along the coast, seeign some lovely scenery on the way.