• This is India! 94

This is India! 94

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:

  • Blogging news… I have continued writing for Bravo TV which has been really interesting as the pieces are more celebrity news style. The blog also got put on this list of 25 bloggers to follow in 2015. Super cool!
  • BIG blogging news… I’m off to Jordan April 5th, flights are booked! Ben’s coming with me to explore for 10 days. It’s going to be a blast!

Now your story,

Ben was leaving for Ratnagiri… again (booo ratnagiri!!) and had a taxi waiting outside to take him to the train station. I was in the house watching tv working really hard and he called in to say the guys had found a snake. I was like ermm, where is it? He said it’s in a plastic bag. They had once put one in a plastic bottle which was weird to look at, but I thought okay plastic bag is probably better.

He said, “It’s a python!”


This is outside my house, the bag is on the ground there- black trash bag- and everyone is standing around it so I thought it was closed. Nope, it was open!python goa1

python in goa

He was just chilling, and the people were just chillin’, and so it went for the rest of the afternoon. They were planning on releasing it into the jungle, which is what you are supposed to do if you find a pythong or cobra where you live. Which by the way, we have found PLENTY!

I was thinking, okay guys you better get rid of this little killer before the sun goes down. At one point Omni jumped our wall to go fight a dog, and I was so worried the snake would get him!

They did get rid of it in the end. It’s funny though- we live around cobras, pythons, scorpions, and more… yet I never really think about it unless I see one and even then I don’t get worried. I used to have such a fear of snakes that when I saw one even on TV I couldn’t look. Now, this is life, hahah

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. Olga March 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Great article!
    I have always wanted to visit India and lied on the beach of Goa. There is really amazing nature and ocean. But my homecountry has no less beautifull places as India.
    I reccommend you to come to Ukraine at least once and enjoy it. I’m sure you’ll like it.


  2. Betsy April 6, 2016 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh! So I am a little behind, I have been so busy no time for reading. Booo!
    Anyway, a couple of my fiends have been in Jaisalmer. One of them text me this morning and told me there was a white cobra outside their hotel. Ummm…..not the nicest thing, but one of them killed it with a rock. Oh snakes. I like them best if they are kind of far way from me. Haha.

    • Rachel Jones April 7, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      that’s so scary!! they are lucky no one saw them do that – I think some Hindus would be angry!

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