Girl Gone Goa

Travel, sex, magic, and cycling in an Indian state

Goa Moment #29: Trio Assumcao Pereira at Fundação Oriente December 11, 2014

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Goa’s family ensemble Trio Assumcao Pereira perform at the book release of Faces of Colonial India: The Work of Goan Artist Antonio Xavier de Trinidade, part of Goa Arts and Literary Festival.

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Goa Moment #28: I discover the gutter puppies December 10, 2014

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I discover five stray puppies nested in the culvert in front of my house. I call them the “gutter puppies,” but they mewl like kittens.

Five brown puppies in a deep, square rain culvert in Goa, India

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Goa Moment #27: Cyclewallah installs a new seatpost on the bicycle

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My cycle-wallah wields a hammer to force a new, longer seatpost into the steel frame. I asked him to add a bit of white grease first.

Cycle mechanic leans over a red bicycle in Goa, India

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Goa Moment #26: The Girl Gone Goa book cover

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Designer Bina Nayak’s draft book cover for my Girl Gone Goa book. She was brought onboard by Frederick Noronha of Goa 1556.

Cover of the Girl Gone Goa book with close-up of bicycle handlebar with Calangute beach in background.

The Saligao-based publishing company prints a book a month, always on the topic of Goa. Now I guess I ought to start writing the actual book…

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Goa Moment #25: Dr. Luis Dias at the Coin Festival

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On sidewalks outside the historic Institute of Menezes Braganza in Panjim, coin collectors and sellers set up shop.

Two men sit on a sidewalk with sheets of old coins around them in Panjim, Goa.

Coin sellers outside the Institute of Menezes Braganza.

Inside, Dr. Luis Dias describes the history of currency in Goa, with a special emphasis on the Casa da Moeda (The Mint House)—Goa’s currency mint between 1834  and 1841, and Luis’s ancestral home. He continues to live there with his family.

Luis Dias stands in front of a Coin Festival Goa 2014 poster

Luis Dias presents on Casa Da Moeda as part of the Coin Festival Goa, 2014.

According to Wikipedia, Institute Menezes Braganza is a cultural institution which promotes language and literature, art and culture in the state of Goa.

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Goa Moment #24: A doorway, a bicycle, a heart

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Street art in Fontainhas, Panjim’s historic Portuguese Quarter: a doorway, a bicycle, a heart, and two startling colours.

Lilac-coloured doorway with old lock and heart grafitti in Panjim, Goa, India

 

Old Indian bicycle next to purple and yellow wall in Goa, India.

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Goa Moment #23: An art walk in Panjim December 7, 2014

Before we head to the Goa Arts and Literature Festival Janis Harper and I toured art spaces around Goa’s capital city.

Marigolds float in a water-filled copper bowl at the entry to Sunaparanta in Goa, India

Marigolds float in a water-filled copper bowl at the entry to Sunaparanta

 

Janis and I visited Gallery Gitanjali, the Krishnadas Shama Central Library of Goa, the Fundação Oriente, the Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, and discovered newly-painted mural art from on the beautiful travellers’ Old Quarter Hostel just opened by Goa’s own entrepreneurial foursome, The Hostel Crowd.

Janis Harper and Ulrike Rodrigues at Gallery Gitanjali in Panjim, Goa

(L-R) Janis Harper and Ulrike Rodrigues at Gallery Gitanjali

Sculpture o woman on bicycle with a large basket on her head in Goa, India

Mario Miranda-inspired whimsy at the entry to Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library

Detail of window shutter with mother-of-pearl shell at the Fundacao Oriente

Detail of window shutter with mother-of-pearl shell at the Fundacao Oriente

Courtyard cafe with ornate railings and a fabric hung shade in Panjim, Goa

La Bodega, a cafe in the inner courtyard of Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts

Corner view of white building with large, colourful Portuguese-style square patterns.

Exterior wall of The Old Quarter Hostel, hand-painted by co-owner Laura Anna Pawliczek (on ladder).

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