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This is India! 137

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:

  • What I read: I just finished Big Little Lies which was good. I didn’t realize until part way through it’s a new TV show with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Now, I’m reading The Good Girl which is pretty good, a thriller about a kidnapping.
  • I’m all caught up on work (yay!) and have been planning my next trip: BALI! First, Ben and I are going (it’s his birthday) to stay at a surf resort (the waves look too big, though). Then, my friend will be joining me and we’ll go explore a couple weeks. Any tips?
  • Since it was just Valentine’s day, I thought I’d link to the post about how I met Ben.

Now your story,

When you live in Goa, sometimes you can forget that you are basically living on a vacation! So, me and a couple friends and little Ava baby decided to go up to Ashwem, the beach we go to on the weekends (as if it’s a mission, but it’s only 20 minutes away) and stay at a beach shack for the weekend.

It was really nice! The shack was cute (above) and it was around 1,500 Rs per night (like 20 bucks). It was nice to go stay on the beach for a while and not take my computer.

Goa is really beautiful and even these simple beach shacks have a lot of charm. Ben’s birthday is coming up this weekend so I’m trying to think of what other “tourist” things we can do that are actually fun. Any ideas!?


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. Sommer Shiels February 18, 2017 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel whats the name of the beach shack? Can you please post a link or the name. planning another little trip to Goa and would love something budget as well.

    • Rachel Jones February 18, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Sure it’s here: http://www.booking.com/hotel/in/terra-rossa.en-gb.html?aid=809221

      • Sommer Shiels February 21, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

        thanks! I have some great travel tips and great spots for social media photo ops for Bali for your trip. I’ll PM you ;)

        • Rachel Jones February 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

          Oh yes, tell me all the tips! lol I’ll be in Canggu, Uluwatu, Seminyak, and Ubud.

  2. Tessa February 19, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I learnt to surf in Bali / you will be fine! Check out Mojo Surf if you want any lessons – or additional support in the water. They are great. Canggu is super cute area to stay in Bali, Im sure you would love Ubud for some yoga chill. Then for exploring – Lombok has good reef surf, Nusa Lembongan is also a good island and the Gili T if you want to parrrty! Scuba and snorkel is good at both Nusa and Gili

    • Rachel Jones February 20, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Thanks for the tips! I hope the water isn’t too choppy since it’s rainy season :O

  3. Vaidehi February 20, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Its a shame that even though born and bought up in India never been to Goa.. But will definitely plan a trip when I am back home.

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