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This is India! 102

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.

What I was up to other than here:

  • We’re in Singapore! If you’re not following along on Instagram please do!

Now your story,

I have a secret to tell…. this isn’t about India! Lol it’s about Sri Lanka. But really, the hospital visit we had was exactly how they go in India so I’m still going to share about it ;)

We were surfing in Unawatuna when Ben had a minor wipe out and the fin of the surf board hit his elbow and put a huge gash in it. I wasn’t sure if he was hurt or there was a rip in the sea when he got out of the water. I came out to see what was up and saw him looking pretty pale with a towel around his arm, arm over his head.

After a quick peak, I thought he needed stitches. The rickshaw ride to the hospital was too crazy because of so many reasons! First the hospital we went to took one look at his gashed arm and said nope we can’t handle that! You need to go to a big hospital.

We were with a local who said he would take us to Government hospital or else we would get ripped off (if we went to the big hospital in Galle). The Government hospital doesn’t usually accept foreigners, but Darshana talked to them and said he was paying, not us (he said we had no money), so it ended up being allowed and only $10.

The ride there was about 5 km of VERY bumpy road… a road which was only big enough for a rickshaw, not a car. There were a few times that we thought “no way this is the road to a hospital”. We were in the middle of the forest!

This is India! 102

Once we got to the hospital, the doctor took a peek and said “no, it doesn’t need stitches”. He told the nursing to clean it. Once it was clean I looked in and knew it needed stitches. It was wide open! I went to his office where he was writing a script for antibiotics and pain meds and told him. He said okay, I’ll look again.

After checking it again he said yes it does need stitches and he got all geared up. I can’t help but watch to make sure they stay sterile and don’t use anything dirty. This is India! 102

This is India! 102

This is India! 102

The numbing didn’t quite work and Ben was in SO much pain. After they were done we came out and Darshana was in the waiting room. He said, “so.. you got two stitches?” Ben’s like… “yeah.. how did you know?”

Darshana: “we heard two BIG yells!”


This is India! (but not really)

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About the Author:

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.


  1. Renuka May 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Hope Ben is fine now. Take care.

    • Rachel Jones May 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Thank Renuka, hope you had fun on your recent trip to Jordan :)

  2. John May 21, 2016 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Indeed an adventure. Not the kind you want to happen, but the kind you will remember forever. Hope you are both fine.

  3. Betsy May 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Poor Ben! I have had stitches but the numbing worked. I would have insisted the doctor look again too. I am glad it all worked out :)

    • Rachel Jones May 23, 2016 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Yeah poor guy! I have had them on my face twice as a kid and didn’t feel a thing – among many other times actually lol but he was just feeling everything. The doctor told him it was “in his head” hehe I don’t think so

  4. Betsy May 24, 2016 at 11:28 am - Reply

    I don’t think it is in his head either. Uggg…

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