This is India! 67

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:

  • We spent the beginning of the week finishing up our time in Tonbridge which was really fun, then headed to Vienna where we’ve been in a small village called Achau with Ben’s dad for the week. It’s been so good to see all his friends and family again. Back to London for a day today then coming back to India by Saturday!
  • Once I’m back I’ll gear up for my trip to Kerala with goMowgli! Until then, I need to lose the 5 pounds I gained in Europe & get a tan again lol

Now your story,

Just like my love/hate relationship with India, I have a love/hate relationship with it’s cows. In fact, I’ve written about it a few times. There was the article about how you can save the indigenous cow then there was that time I got headbutted by a cow…. & then that time I was really weird and wrote 17 reasons to love the cows in India.. I had apparently forgiven that one mean one in Varanasi who ripped my pants off.

When I got back from the USA, Ben and I were driving down the main highway in Goa and I wasn’t really feeling like I was in India since we were in the A/C Bolera with Indigo radio on. That was, until…

a little baby cow came running as fast as it’s tiny legs could take him across traffic and HURDLED over a moving motorbike. Right over the front tire. The guy was laughing to himself.. and I kid you not traffic didn’t even pretend to stop. The cow being perfectly content, walked off the side of the road with it’s buddies. No one was excited by this (except me) and life in India went on per usual.

I love the moments here when I forget where I am then something “crazy” happens and I’m the only one who thought it was nuts. Plus, I just love the cows in Goa.

* If you want to help cows in Goa (they do need help) you can volunteer when here or donate to WAGS – Welfare for Animals in Goa. Atul, who runs the place takes special care of cows when people throw acid on them for begging (I know, terrible) or they eat too much plastic, etc.

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. Maja September 12, 2015 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Heyyyy :)

    Just stumbled across your blog.. your pictures are amazing! I am soon in love with Asia and looking at your photos made me want to pack my suitcase and leave right now! :) Would love to see India. I am currently blogging about Thailand and Bali.
    Anyway, great blog! Greetings from Germany, Maja

  2. rebecca September 14, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    HAHA! I honestly miss this about India. It’s just such a crazy place

    • Rachel Jones September 14, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Are you planning to come back??

      • rebecca September 14, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

        Ideally! I would love to.

  3. Priyanka September 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    @Rachel Jones

    Hi Rachel
    Nice blog . That’s the reason you are top Indian travel Blogger. You are doing good .
    Thanks for writing on India. I like also 17 reason to love Indian cows. I don’t why our govt. don’t put these cows in shelter. You captured very nice photos.

  4. DeJavieur Speller September 15, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Sounds like there might be several accidents with cows.

  5. Suze September 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel

    Iv just discovered your blog and its awesome!!! Im loving the posts – thank you! :)

    After several trips in India, Im also thinking about moving permanently to Goa.
    Im just wondering – could you provide any tips or advice about how to get a long term visa for India? Im British and usually come on the 6 month tourist visa.
    Do you have a permanent visa? Or do you renew tourist visas when time is up?

    Any advice would be amazing :)


    • Rachel Jones September 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      I’m on a business visa for a job I have, but most people who come just do the tourist visa and renew each year. It’s nearly impossible to get permanent visas.

      • Suze September 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the reply!
        Yeah I thought that might be what most do – cheers!

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