Monthly Archives: November 2011

Signal man

I stood in the last car and this conductor guy was in the next doorway up. The train home was the “superfast” express, and while there was still daylight he would hold green flags out the door as we cruised through small stations. On the platforms, there would be a guy answering his signal with […]

Daman beach

This place has potential… maybe in 2111…

Thums up break

Posted up on the beach to talk to some locals. These local chieftains wandered over and whipped out a community bottle of nectar. Was talking to a crazy old guy who said that his visa had just come through and that he would be leaving for the US in february. Not sure how much of […]

Entering Daman’s big fort

Two forts in Daman- this is the larger of the two. Served as a last stronghold for the portuguese in 1961. The whole city was one of their last outposts and wikipedia tells me that the reason they have such a disproportionately large airstrip is because the portuguese needed a way to get supplies past […]

The conquerors

Found an old monument to the portguese who died during various skirmishes with local armies over the years. For some reason, the locals had elected to spruce it up with christmas lights and build a semi-circle of white columns around the site. Couldn’t tell what the point of it all is, or if there even […]

The liberators

The indians took care to erect a larger and more ornate memorial 10 meters away from that of the portuguese.

Bom Jesus church, Daman

The Portuguese took their religion very seriously and no exceptions were made in the Daman fort. One thing about catholic churches in India is that there’s an element of violence/gore that characterizes the imagery in statues, paintings, and even the speech of the priests that just isn’t present back in the US. It’s like the […]

Bus to Daman

Eventually found the bus to Daman and joined a crowd of people and one stack of kindling on this rust bucket.

Vapi city

Vapi is a funky place and i wonder about its history. The density of small shops selling textiles/random crap seemed to be higher here than even Mumbai, but i don’t think i saw a single building taller than 4 stories in the entire city. Also, the air is extremely heavy and the environment seems to […]

Vapi Station

So i jumped ship at Vapi Station and made my way over to town. The Vapi railway station is an insane mess in which people urinate in public and children throw rocks at elderly beggers. Not really sure what else to say about the place other than the fact that i got out of there […]