This is India! 83

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 and I are living it up at the Alila Diwa.. follow on Instagram!

Now your story,

I shared last week about the Sky TV guy having our security guys cut down some palm trees. By the way, they aren’t our personal security or something-they work for the complex but we pay them extra for odd jobs.

Ben had told me to save the palm trees for a little project. He loves those ;)

He wanted to build a fence so our dogs could play outside without us getting yelled at by our neighbor who hates dogs. So, machete back out again and the guys went to work. I Snapchatted that I was 1000% sure it wouldn’t work…

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But I was 1000% wrong!! Omni slept outside in his new area, which goes all the way to the back of the house and is blocked on the other side and was a very happy camper. It’s a shame we can’t let our dogs run free, but after Huck’s death we only walk them on a leash. It’s unusual in Goa, where no one keeps a dog locked up, but it’s become the norm for us.

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The only thing missing is a gate, but the top tree on the right slides over so you can step across. There is wire in between the tress which you can’t see so that the dogs can’t slip through and it’s high enough they can’t jump it. Success! Ben is worth keeping around haha!

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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 January 9, 2016 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Hey! I am glad the fence worked out. That is nice, you can have a happy dog and happy neighbors! The best combination. Where did you get your dogs from? (maybe you said in a previous post and I missed it.) Were they street dogs? I have a toy poodle here in the States, but I can’t bring her with me to Rajathan. The plane ride would kill her. I might want to get a dog there. Any suggestions?
    I hope you keep having fun in Alila Diwa!

    • Rachel Jones January 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Shanti the fluffy brown one was on a beach in Kochi, and Omni the spotted white and black one was hiding under our Omni van. The cat was in a village called olaulim all alone :( so they are now ours haha It’s so nice to take in strays!!

      • Betsy January 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

        I will have to find a nice stray. There are a few dogs on the street I will live on but they have already let me know they don’t like me. There is a friendly cow though. Her owners have left her on the street because she is too old I guess. I already know I am going to feed her, but I don’t have anywhere to put her. We don’t have yard.

  2. kathy January 9, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Sounds like Ben is a bit of a handy man and good to have around. Haven’t been to India yet in my travels but am hoping to go within the next few years. I hear it is just great. A neighbor of mine visited last year and couldn’t say enough about it. Hope your dogs enjoy their new yard. Enjoy India!

    • Rachel Jones January 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      He is… he loves projects. I hope you come to India soon, let me know when you do!

  3. manoj kumar January 10, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    great pics of beach

  4. Zak Aly January 11, 2016 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    I am from India, but I’ve never seen such places, interesting.

  5. sean ward January 12, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel, would love to come over to goa, with my partner,it as always been a dream
    of mine, but I am retired now,do you think it would be too late for us now,Sean

    • Rachel Jones January 12, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      Lots of retired couples in Goa! Especially ones from UK.

  6. H January 12, 2016 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel

    Planning to be in Goa from Cochin next week. What’s the best train and schedule from Goa to Mumbai leaving on Monday night?
    Love your blog, are you still in Goa? I’m a fellow Indian American and taking two people to India for the first time. Would love to get your tips on a day trip in Goa!


  7. Tim UrbanDuniya January 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Haha awesome! Where there’s a will there’s a way!

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