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This is India! 121

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:

  • I’ve had such a good two weeks in England with Ben and his friends and family. Now, tomorrow I leave for the next place: Latvia! I’m going on my own and Ben is staying a little longer in UK.

Now your story,

I’m going to share about another average morning Goa-style.

I woke up thinking it would be a coffee, blog, and Netflix day but that didn’t happen (things are never as simple as I hope).

I woke up to find that my cat was sick. I knew he was a little “off” but he was laying in the same spot on the floor as the night before and hadn’t touched his treats. He was dehydrated as well. It’d been about 3 days of him acting strange, so I wanted to have the vet give some fluids.

As you can see my cat is a stunner, and quite possibly the cutest and most photogenic cat in India, if not the world.

goa monsoon this is indiaI opened up the house to air it out and security was outside. They pointed to my car tire to show me it was flat. Wahh….

I asked my driver to take us in his car. We went to my vet’s place. Often she comes to ours for injections and such, but for IV fluids we drive through Mapusa to her office.

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goa monsoon this is india

So, Kitkat got his fluids and antibiotic shot and I paid the 300 Rs (about $5) then headed to pick up the medication he needed. I stopped in at the best hospital (for humans of course) and got the meds.

goa monsoon this is indiaYou can but almost anything over the counter here :) The meds were 35 Rs. which is about .50 cents.

Babu dropped me home and since I was all sweaty and gross I decided I’d go to the mechanic and deal with the car. There are lots of mechanics here and you have to go to the right one. There are door mechanics, engine, tire, and electrician mechanics. They only do their specialty. Sometimes you have to visit 3 in one day for parts.

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goa monsoon this is india

goa monsoon this is india

So, a tire puncture is super easy to fix by the looks of it. They take it off, put something in there to stop up the hole and then fill it back up with air. The tire goes back on! It took about 20 minutes and cost 250 Rs (about $4). goa monsoon this is indiaWhile I waited I had some chili bhaji and aloo! It’s deep fried potato and hot green chilis. It is super tasty. They usually take out the seeds so it’s not tooo spicy. Definitely not good for my diet I’m trying to keep. I love how they keep it warm with the lightbulb. These are 5 rs. a piece.

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I got home, showered, and was just thinking of getting some work done when Babu called to say he needed me to come help pick out a bike. He had taken a bank loan and it was a celebration. Ben and I had been good luck in the past with other bikes, so he wanted me to join his family to choose between the two.

goa monsoon this is indiaThe babies came along, who I just love, and we took my newly fixed up Bolero to check out the bikes. We chose a perfect grey bike that looked really fancy even though let’s be real I know nothing about scooters! His family seemed happy with the choice.

goa monsoon this is indiaWe ate some pizza and came home! Kitkat needed to stay warm, hence the shoe bag. hehe. Just another day in Goa!

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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. Sailaja October 1, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    Love all your blog posts. They are so lively. I am in Japan now and it’s amazing. Was wondering why you haven’t visited Japan yet!

    • Rachel Jones October 3, 2016 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      I want to!! There are so many places I want to visit but so little time hehe but one day I will :)

  2. Shashank Rao October 2, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Rs 250 to fix a flat tyre? That’s expensive!. But of course it depends on how many places on the tyre/tube he applied the patch to fix the puncture.

    • Rachel Jones October 3, 2016 at 11:54 pm - Reply

      Yeah I’ve paid lower at another place, but couldn’t be bothered and this was close to home :)

  3. [email protected] The British Berliner October 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    So funny!
    I do enjoy these random posts Rachel ‘cos even though to you they’re probably pretty much the norm nowadays, but really they’re not, they’re hilarious lol!

    ‘Love your cat in the shoebag.
    p.s. I love our cats. We have two….!

    • Rachel Jones October 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Haha I know! and this week coming up I have NO story to tell, so I’m thinking I should start just sharing what seems like my boring days/week on these posts when I have no story. I bet your cats are as cute as mine :) haha

  4. About Creativity October 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply


    Like always keep it real and I thank you for that!

  5. Betsy October 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel,
    Hope you are having fun on your travels! Your cat is definitely the cutest cat in India. Sorry he was sick! We have two that come to our house. One is creepy and makes a disgusting sound. The other can get in my bedroom and it threw up on my stuff a few months ago. Gross.
    And, do you have unlimited internet down in Goa? We do not have it up here in Udaipur. Uggg….So there is no reason for me to pay for Netflix.


    • Rachel Jones October 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Hahah wow you have not had luck with Indian cats lol that’s so terrible. There are a huge variety of Internet contracts, we pay a monthly set fee to keep the 3 mbps at night time and 2 during the day. The other option is to have 10 mbps until you use up X amount of GB then you get a slower speed, I think 1.5 mbps. For us, it was better to keep the 3 so we could stream things at night – to stream I use a VPN which slows it even more!

  6. Tim UrbanDuniya October 17, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Awwww he is just beautiful!! I hope he’s all better now…

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