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This is India! 52

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 just gotten back from Hawaii and we are readjusting to the heat. Ben has been sick, and our rent is going up so we are looking for another home sadly but hoping somehow to stay where we are. Also, our luggage was lost & we both have a lot of work to do! So nothing too exciting to share here. FYI remember that rant I did about American when my parents visited? UNITED is worse. LOL can’t even begin to explain because it might give me anxiety just thinking about it! Now we have $250 credit each for United in compensation, but I don’t even want to fly them again. When is someone going to invent teleporting?

Now your story,

Since I shared last week about one activity we do here in India to feel like kids (ice skating), I thought I’d tell about go karting in Goa. We love it! It’s set up next to the Saturday night market in Arpora and is open only from 4 pm – 10 pm. It’s 250 rs. for 10 laps.

and you SHOULD NOT FORCE YOUR CHILD TO GO KART!  lol, do they really have to say that?

go karting goa

It’s crazy because this is not how I remember go karting back in the U.S. as a kid; they go SO fast here! We guess about 20 mph. I guess that doesn’t sound that fast but when you’re about 4 inches from the ground it sure does feel fast.

Ben and his bro wrecked into each other and Ben came through the door back home (I didn’t go that time) with blood all over his leg like “omg, I’m so hurt…” and I’m worried! Then, Josh starts telling the story about how bad it was, etc, etc, and I hear something that makes no sense… I said, “wait Josh, did you just say Ben had them turn the speed up and he went 20 more laps AFTER it happened? Yes. So then I didn’t feel so bad and dote on him lol. They are dangerous though with no shoes/flipflops like Ben sometimes does.

There are signs about being responsible and not dying, and that girls in sarees can’t go. Ben and I go really fast & hard-core, pedal to the floor the whole time and race. Literally, no one can beat Ben (except with his bro T-bones him) and I come in right behind him.

I think most Indians have scooters rather than cars, or maybe have drivers… not sure, but man most we watch are terrible and go really slow. Maybe we just have not seen the cream of the crop. Either way, we love it.

Go Karting Goa

go karting 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. Mukesh May 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    That sounds fun, may be I will try it in my next trip

  2. Lissa May 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    That sucks about United. Did you ever get your bags back? Go-Karting seems fun there. I would never let my daughter do it even if she begged me. It looks too dangerous… Why can’t girls in sarees drive Go-Karts?

    • Rachel Jones May 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Yes we finally did! thankfully but it took ages and they completely lost them in india for a while – one bag was ripped open with things missing :(

  3. Betsy May 31, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Go carting sounds fun! And perhaps all the airlines are lacking. Turkish was not so good. The employees in Istanbul were among the rudest I have ever dealt with.
    Happy travels!

    • Rachel Jones May 31, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Ugh, I hate rude airline employees. If they would just smile and try to be nice it could make things seem better even when they are shit

      • Betsy June 2, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply


  4. De'Jav June 1, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Go karting is always fun. Sounds like it all worked out turning the speed up. Did you feel say?

  5. Avi June 1, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I would love to check it out next week with my friends, though my wife may not allow to crank up the speed :( I don’t remember the exact location.. seen it enroute to Arambol. Is it’s somewhere close to Splashdown waterpark?
    We wished to see Goa in green (monsoon) but it seems rains delayed this year! Hope it cools down by next week.

  6. Lindsey June 4, 2015 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Hey! I’ve been reading your blog from start to finish over the past few months as I prepare for my first trip to India! Your blog is great and hands down the most helpful info on the web for a female preparing to travel solo India. I’ll be there from June 11-August 26. Bc I’ll be there during monsoon – Do you think it’s worth a trip to Goa? I’ll be in Mysore for the first month and the backpacking! Thanks – Lindsey

    • Rachel Jones June 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      that’s so nice to hear, thank you!! i love goa in monsoon but most travelers dont, especially foreigns ones so i say skip it!

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