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This is India! 31

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:

  • Woo hoo! Werkenntwen was ranked in the Top 50 Journey Blogs by Journeyocafe based on number of visitors & social media engagement combined. I’m dead last at #50 which has a lot to do with my terrible skills. In the blogging world, they keep track of your engagement on social media- and is like a dark hole I don’t understand. So, I guess I’ll make that a New Year’s resolution?
  • I have a giveaway running RIGHT NOW! for a fancy silk scarf by TIA a local designer here in Goa. Make sure you click here to enter the giveaway.

Now your story,

I had to wait for this story until my parents left India or else my mom would NOT have come.

This story is about my friend Katja who runs Dadablui, a trendy fashion line in Goa.

She went to bed, but first closed her window and her bedroom door. Her A/C remote was behind her bed and all night she reached back (there was no bedboard) and kept changing the temperature.

In the am she woke up, opened her doors and to her surprise her cats wouldn’t come in the room.

They stood at the door just looking behind her bed… right at the spot she’d been reaching over ALL night.

There was a big black cobra curled up. It must have been there the whole night as there was no way to get in once the window was shut.

this is india 30 lady who sleeps with cobra

She ate her breakfast and watched the snake, not knowing it was a cobra- wondering if she should get a broom and push him out. Her housekeeper got ahold of the snake people who came and immediately said, “It’s a cobra! It’s the third one we’ve found in this house over the years.”

In Assagao, Katja is now “the lady who sleeps with cobra”.

How badass is that!? and terrifying… she lives just across from me in a beautiful old Portuguese house.

This is India!

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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. Justine January 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    How terrifying! I get freaked out if I find a spider or cockroach in my house. I cannot imagine what I would do in that situation!!

    • Rachel Jones January 3, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

      I do too! I have a pretty modern house here, and hers was an older portuguese house so I’m hoping our windows and doors are more secure! I would lose it.

  2. Andrea Anastasiou January 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Erm, I don’t think I’d deal with that too well! Eaaaaaaak, how did she not completely freak out?!

  3. Ashley January 2, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Oh god! I’m not usually scared of snakes, but waking up to realize that a COBRA had been beside my bed as I slept all night would be terrifying!

  4. Aleks January 2, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Wow cobra … that’s another level. So far we only had a what I guess was a regular snake in our bathroom on Sumbawa island, Indonesia. Couldn’t figure out what kind it was … and to be fair I wasn’t really trying ;) Snapped a picture and he crawled into a toilet pipe whole … From now on before entering a bathroom I always take a 360 look around;D

    • Rachel Jones January 3, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

      even a “regular” snake is scary enough!! no thanks. I always look twice in bathrooms too just to be sure.

  5. Camels & Chocolate January 2, 2015 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    OK, the next time preface such a post with WARNING! NIGHTMARE-INDUCING IMAGE AHEAD. Haha. J/K. I’m not scared of snakes but still…

    On our honeymoon in Borneo, we went on a nice little stroll in the rainforest with a guide from our resort. He was telling us how they almost never see snakes in that particular area when BOOM! I almost stepped on a black-spitting cobra right in the middle of the trail as I wasn’t even paying attention. Zoiks.

    • Rachel Jones January 3, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Hahahahah! Sorry I should have written a warning. You stepped on a cobra!? That’s insane you are so lucky!

  6. Sonja Riemenschneider January 3, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Yikes! That is terrifying… Making a a mental note never to open any windows while I’m in India.

    I’m right there with you on Twitter. I started using it this year and I just don’t get it.

    • Rachel Jones January 3, 2015 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Ah, … I should hire someone to do it for me lol but um.. I would need $ first!

  7. Empty rucksack January 3, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Someone once dropped a sackful of cobras next to our house and few of them came in, then my father was interviewed by the local newspapers.

  8. Hannah January 3, 2015 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Wayhey! Congrats on your blog ranking in the top 50.

    That cobra is fricking nuts! Your friend must be a total badass to have not freaked out, you would have seen a Hannah shaped hole in the door faster than you can say “Goa”. :)

    • Rachel Jones January 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      hahahha, i was so scared, but it’s been months ago now and at my garden, we have more of a python problem haha!

  9. Emily January 6, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Egads – whether it is a cobra or not I likely would have flipped! She must have nerves of steel!

  10. Tim | UrbanDuniya January 9, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Wow – I’m glad she survived!! Close call!

  11. Glamourous Journeyler January 17, 2015 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    OMG! well glad she is ok

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