Goats in Calcutta, India

There are a lot of goats in Calcutta. You see them picking their way in around traffic, eating garbage and paper, and even being herded through the narrow back streets. Imagine coming up on a herd of 50 goats in the streets of YOUR city! In the surrounding restaurants, the goat meat is listed as mutton.

Hairy goat in Calcutta, India
Chained to a post, resting on the sidewalk, a hairy goat that Marc says was "much creepier" in person.

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Thin crust pizza with arugula, Auroville, India

The Italians came and built a wood burning stove. The mozzarella is locally made, the olives are imported. I don’t know who originally brought the arugula seeds. Most of the ingredients are organic. The pizza cost CAN$3 and was pretty good (ie. excellent by most people’s standards which are not as stratospheric as mine). This message is a test of http://www.posterous.com. Posted via email from Magda’s posterous

Tasty snacks in Kanyakumari

Thali, or set meal. It is usually all you can eat, usually eaten by hand, and usually spicy. What made this one special is the addition of extra cups of ingredients.
South Indian thali, or set meal. It is usually all you can eat, usually eaten by hand, and usually spicy. This meal at a local, non Lonely Planet restaurant cost 55 rupees. About US$1, and included everything except the rectangular dish of cucumber raita on the upper right.

The tastiest snacks sometimes come from the most questionable food joints. In Kanyakumari Marc and I ate dinner in a place that didn’t even have running water.

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South tip of the Indian world

Kanyakumari in the province of Tamil Nadu is the southmost tip of India and the meeting point of the three bodies of water that surround the subcontinent – the Arabian Sea to the west, the Indian Ocean to the south, and the Bay of Bengal to the east.

A modern take on the Orissa temple style gives the Ghandi Memorial an otherworldly and gleeful presence.
A modern take on the Orissa temple style gives the Ghandi Memorial an otherworldly and gleeful presence.

This important location is home to a variety of attractions that are irresistible to masses of tourists and pilgrims.

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Marc blends in on the beach in Palolem, Goa, India.

While I was taking pictures of cows sleeping on the beach, Marc was drawing. This friendly group surrounded him and started asking questions excitedly. They plied us insistently with cigarettes, wanting to offer hospitality. They claimed that even they did not smoke, only once a month on vacation – at MOST once a week! They stood very close to us, one guy actually leaning on Marc the whole conversation. They wanted a description of Toronto, … >> read more