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This is India! 78

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:

  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I am so jealous of all you turkey eaters out there. I didn’t have one this year.. instead, I laid by the beach and had a massage and some sweet lime soda.
  • My friends came to visit from the US so this week has been a whirlwind but now that they have left, I’m cracking down to get some work done. Happy to be back in Goa and writing about the AMAZING trip I had up north with . NE India is really my favorite place in India! It was a really cool trip.
  • In case you’re wondering, we have kept “Omni” the newest dog in Ben’s collection. Technically, we’d like to re-home him but I highly doubt that’ll happen. He’s super cute and Shanti and KitKat love him too.

Now your story,

Driving in Goa is a maze of it’s own and I’ve mentioned before some of the difficulties like cows in the road, my old car not having power steering or doors that actually stay shut, and more. I mentioned once that in the villages farmers will sometimes put down things they want ran over, since they don’t have the machine to break apart the rubber (in the cases I’ve seen it was rubber anyways.. did you know there are rubber trees all over South India?).

Another thing farmers use the roads for is drying things out. I think that’s what they are doing anyways. I guess because the pavement gets so hot?

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The funny thing is they don’t seem to think about the location, as this spot near Baba Au Rhum was just around a curve people go really fast on! It makes me nervous for them. In this case, you should not run over their grains (or whatever this is… rice?)

I also noticed one guy had a stand up fan the second day we went by and was shaking out the grain (again I think it’s grains) so that the husks would fall off! Clever. I didn’t get a close enough look that day to see where the electricity was coming from; connected to a battery I guess.

Just another thing to think about when you drive in India!

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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. Nayan November 28, 2015 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m planning to spend the New Year Holidays in Goa. The usual suspects places i get recommended about are Calangute & the stretch around Baga – Anjuna. Just thought it would be a good idea to seek your take on the best place in Goa to spend the New years’ at. Also, Do let me know if you would recommend taking time out for the beach Festivals. Vh1’s Supersonic and Sunburn are the most hyped ones I hear about. Though, I’m not a fan of being surrounded by too much noise. ;)

    P.S: I’m an Indian living in Chandigarh.

  2. Ashok Journey November 28, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Welcome to India, very well put!

  3. Tim UrbanDuniya December 6, 2015 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Oh I remember this!! I always wondered if they had the right to get angry if someone accidentally ran over the grains!

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