About Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.
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This is India! (eight)

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

Taking Ben to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame // Cleveland

Although I was home in Ohio for a month, Ben only came for about a week, just in time for my best friend's wedding. He knew I lived out in the middle of nowhere, but I don't think he quite grasped it when he asked if we could spend a few days in NYC or Chicagao.

Kochi Markets, Kerala

Ben has been spending a lot of time in Kochi for work, and I love to tag along anywhere I can. I've been down to check out the Kochi markets three times in the last couple months and have decided the people there are the most photographic of anywhere I've traveled! Shame I don't have

My Best Friend Got Married: Rachel & Ian

What would the point of this blog be if I couldn't share my best friend's wedding with you all? Rachel and I met in preschool when we were 3 or 4 and have been bestie's ever since. I made sure I was back in the U.S. for not just her wedding, but the other festivities.  Rach

Olaulim Backyards / The Other Side of Goa

Showing up at Olaulim Backyards, the other side of Goa, was like walking into the set of Life of Pi, complete with a cat called richard parker. The zoo animals were two litle goats that know how to kayak, a donkey with a distinct interest in playing monopoly, cats, and dogs. My favorite dogs were

This is India! (seven)

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

Celebrating Sao Joao in Goa by Jumping in Wells

Every year in monsoon on June 24th, Christians celebrate Sao Joao in Goa in dedication to John the Baptist. There are lots of Christians in Goa because of the Portuguese influence so you see beautiful churches like in Old Goa. Because there is such a big bunch of believers here, they have a festival in

Mangeli Waterfall, a Monsoon Adventure

As it's raining cats and dogs in Goa and I'm trapped inside, this seems like a good story to share. We planned on waking up early to get to Mangeli waterfall at first, but early wake up calls literally never worked unless there is a plane to catch. Of course we showed up just about