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This is India! 81

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:

  • Ben has started work again in Ratnagiri and has spent the first bit of the week there. Sadly, that also means the Bolero is gone for the season and I’m back in the dusty Omni. His friend John is coming again for a visit for a couple weeks which is always fun!
  • I was SOO excited to be on this list from Tripadvisor about Instagrams to follow in 2016, because so many on this list are ones that I love and honestly I can’t believe they even included me! Also, I did a collab on this article which was published on Huffington Post.

Now your story,

One of my favorite little things about living in Goa is how the boys go by with bread in the morning and afternoon. It’s hot and fresh from the oven. They come on bicycles and yell out or ring a bell to let us know they are here. I wrote about it here.

Actually, they come by for a lot of things. Some men are selling dusters. Some sell peacock feathers. Some are collecting bottles.

I was cleaning the kitchen and looking out the window when, for the first time I noticed a guy carrying a big piece of equipment! I realized I’d seen it in Mapusa and he was a knife-sharpener. How convenient. He sharpened my two big kitchen knives for 40 Rs. although I gave him a tip (it’s really hot!).

sharpening knives india


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. Betsy December 19, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Nice! I love that India is so different.
    Congrats on being mentioned on TripAdvisor as someone to follow on Instagram!

  2. Lindo Korchi December 21, 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    It’s simple things like getting a knife sharpened that we don’t typically think about. I would’ve been amazed to see such.

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