This is India! 131

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 have the flu I think.
  • This has been a busy work week. I’ve been finalizing from really big deals for the blog which I’m so excited about. I’ve written this month already 7 articles for Bravo TV.
  • We’ve got the house a little bit decorated for Christmas. Ben isn’t crazy about celebrating like I am. But the time is getting nearer and that means Christmas music & replacing my coffee with cocoa (and tons of marshmallows). I brought back English cocoa to Goa! MMM.
  • On a super lame note Ben and I have been together for 4 years now. His brother says I deserve a medal :p haha but it is pretty crazy. In case you don’t know who Ben is lol you can read this post about how I met him. To no surprise of the people who do know him, our first interaction was him dropping a drink on my foot and getting glass everywhere.

Now your story,

It’s another week I have nothing to share because I’ve been sick. So I’ve decided to share a bunch of photos from the last month here in Goa!

The beaches are looking pretty good, right?!

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goa india Yeah there are a lot of cows on the beach. Usually harmless. Except when dogs chase them – they actually can be really scary then! A whole group of cows running along the beach! People have to go grab their playing babies out of the sand.

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This is one of those things you scoop into the air and it fills up then you roll it shut. The company Cloud 9 sent me one while I was in America. It’s cool. I want to make an anchor then I can plant myself in one spot and take a nap lol.
goa india Tia has a new bikini collection out so took some snaps of me in them for her Instagram.

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We have some problem with our sink smelling. I told Ben I was going to get it fixed while he was out of town. My thoughts? Call plumber who will probably pour some Draino down the sink.

The thoughts of plumbers? Tear open the entire garden. I asked questions I swear but there was zero English communication going on. I sent Ben this pic to Ben and he’s like WTF are they doing? I’m like Ben, I have zero idea. I’m just seeing how it plays out! ha, so one week later the sink smelled again. I don’t know about this.

But the cat liked all the extra dirt. goa india

The animals are good as ever and none have been sick recently. I’ve heard of some people’s dogs getting snake bites around here so I do need to get the grass cut (well hire someone to do it anyway).goa india

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Driving in India is as fun as ever. Ann took these photos while she was here. Not the most flattering but shows how cows and ox are just part of the road here. You can see him next to my car through the window.goa india

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Little kids ride in Omni’s to school here. We have an Omni! It looks like they’ve been kidnapped but it’s just the school bus. goa india

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We went to the opening of the new Burger Factory in Morjim which was really tasty. goa india

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Hillbelly also started doing Hip Hop nights on Sundays which is a lot of fun!goa india

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This is me and Ann at the Taj Hotel for sunset drinks.

This is Sharm getting ready to devour her strawberry chocolate cake I got her from Mona’s catering!goa india

I’ve been sticking to pilates for 8 classes now, a new record. Until this week because I was sick and that’s a really good excuse to not work out- and I only need a decent excuse to not work out so definitely I wasn’t going to pilates this week.goa india

I’m wearing my favorite Teeki yoga outfit but Ben says it makes me look like a purple Power Ranger and he’s sort of right. Damn!goa india

This delicious drink was made my our housekeeper to help me get better. It’s “grass water”. Yeah. I drank it. I’m still sick though.
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The ATM lines are still long but only about 10-20 minutes. Most aren’t open at all though. We haven’t been able to pay our electricity bill because it’s quarterly so it’s a huge amount when it comes and we can’t get that much money. Let’s hope the lights stay on for Christmas!

This is India!


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. venus john December 17, 2016 at 12:35 am - Reply

    nice story in pictures..

  2. John Miller December 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Cows on the beach! How fun!

    I saw one of those air bag things in the mall today. Didn’t know you can use them on water. Gotta get me one of those.

    • Rachel Jones December 24, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Yeah it says it this one can be used on both – it did get a little water inside though but I think I didn’t roll it tight enough.

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