Just arrived in Goa State in Western India. Staying at Manvins Hotel (no telephone in room) in the heart of Panjim, capital of Goa. Goa was a Portuguese colony for a few hundred years and it is a World Heritage City with lots of Portuguese forts and churches.
Quite hot here. There will be a Feast of the Immaculate Conception here with the usual Catholic procession on 8 Dec. Tonight there are fireworks at the Church of Immaculate Conception which is 50 meters from my hotel. Full lit up just outside my window.
Goa is the cleanest place I have seen in India so far. No rubbish or cows wondering on the streets. The whole place looks very well run and tourism-oriented. Even the airport looks more modern than many Indian cities. People are also well dressed and polite. Many people are Catholics and well educated here. But then, the people here also seem desparate for tips for doing nothing, which is something so common in India and really annoying.