Lucky for me Bridget had to run some errands in Goa and I got to tag-a-long. She had designed quite a few large structures for the multiple days of wedding festivities and there were details to look over at the production company’s warehouse. I marveled at the heat and how production carried on despite how sweltering it was. Take note, no air conditioning.
The Goan streets were even more alive during the day. More scooters, more people, more buses, and even the famous cows. Some moments on the narrow, frenzied streets left me gasping aloud, “Wow!” More exhilarating than any roller coaster I’ve been on in a while.
Bridget needed to pick up candles made by the nuns at a convent across the street from Se Cathedral, the largest church in India. I love the sense of history found in other countries. Se Cathedral was begun in 1562 and completed in 1619. The second tower collapsed in 1776, when America was just beginning. We toured the beautiful Cathedral before visiting hours at the convent and quickly ran through The Basilica Bom Jesus across the street. I was as much a novelty with my fair skin as I found the beautiful Indians in their opulently-bright clothing. Children ran up to me asking to take my photo in groups, their wide-beamed smiles all aglow.
Last stop was to check on the cement urns which Bridget designed and had fabricated by a local cement-works company. A sharp veer right off the side of a highway landed us at the cement-works studio and we watched them mix and mold cement which marks everything in Goa including mile markers and road signs. The urns were looking beautiful and the festivities were beginning to have a real presence!
Bridget took this of me as we jumped out of the car for a photo op.
Nothing like a Coke in the heat.
Adam and Eve in Se Cathedral.
Bridget took this photo of one of the nuns holding a large candle.
Outside the Basilica Bom Jesus where I was a novelty.
Bridget’s urns looking great!
Photography unless otherwise noted Beth Horta.
Love this shot Bridget took of the cement-workers at work.