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This is India! 22

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’m wandering about the ruins of Hampi (a place I’ve written about before) with goMowgli then by the end of this weekend I’ll be on the beaches of Gokarna!
  • Happy Halloween! Wish I could dress up, I loved this holiday a lot in the U.S.

Now your story (but it’s a picture this week),

I shared this on Instagram before (are you following me on there? You should be!)

I passed this about 20 times before I realized “wait, this isn’t normal in the U.S. I should totally take a picture for me blog!” So I got out and did while everyone on the road looked at me like I was crazy. The India car wash that makes monsoon more fun! This was near the main Goa Highway to Panjim and there’s always a few buses around and even some cars and bikes.

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This is India!

feature image photo credit flickr (camel)


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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. Rachel A Davis October 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I love it when I’ve been somewhere long enough that normality becomes blurred!

  2. Justine October 31, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    It’s hilarious that you had to pass the “car wash” 20 times before you realized how foreign the concept of washing your vehicle with flood water is to Americans. I remember the first time I saw people washing their motorbikes with puddle water in Cambodia. At first it struck me as very weird. And then I thought, at least they’re not wasting water! Great photo, btw.

    • Rachel Jones November 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      lol, Wonder how many more things are seen that are strange but I haven’t realized it yet. and you’re right no waste of water here!

  3. Emiko October 31, 2014 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I love this picture! It made me lough at loud. I also love how it didn’t occur to you for awhile that it was, well, different. I remember being in India and eventually just accepting everything ‘as normal’ until I got home. “What? It’s not ok for me to bargain for this dress at Macy’s?” “Can’t move because there’s a cow in the road. No problem!”

    • Rachel Jones November 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      LOL! I felt the same way shopping thinking, “no this is overpriced, I think instead of 15 bucks, it should be 12… i’ll just offer 12.. oh wait i can’t”

  4. Joella in Beijing November 1, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I love that you passed this so many times before realising it would be quite unusual back home haha! It’s funny how perceptions change when you live somewhere for a while. It’s quite a good idea using the monsoon water to wash cars though! When we were travelling in the summer in western China we saw people parking their cars in streams to wash them, but then down stream people were washing their clothes and dishes…

    • Rachel Jones November 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      lol, yes i see a lot of activity happen upstream like peeing, and worse… and people washing clothes downstream EEEKKK

  5. rebecca November 2, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

    hilarious! love these series!

  6. Tim | UrbanDuniya November 2, 2014 at 7:31 am - Reply

    I’ve heard the monsoon is really heavy this year in southern India – stay safe!!

  7. Charlie November 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Ha, resourceful!

    • Rachel Jones November 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Indians are some of the most resourceful people I’ve met!

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