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This is India! 95

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 spending this weekend in Goa, then we are off to Jordan for about 10 days. Because of that, we had to do a lot of work this week so we could take a real vacation! Well, sort of. I’m a guest of the tourism board so I”ll be working, but lets be honest, travel blogging is a pretty fun job :)
  • My Instagram got added to and if you’re looking for other people to follow, check it out.
  • I write weekly articles for Bravo which I don’t share all of, but wanted to share this one because it’s kind of cool: .

Now your story,

This isn’t really a story but just a look at something that’s pretty common! Cows acting like dogs. lol

cow restuarant goa

These cows come into Caio Bella on the regular because the owners are nice animals lovers and give them some food (I am guessing.. I know they are animals lovers and the staff implied the cows come all the time).

It’s nice and I think all restaurants should feed the cows! I know Thalassa does too.

Although I’ve been headbutted really badly in Varanasi, the cows in Goa seem a little more docile. We petted these ones on our way out after eating delicious Italian food!  cow restuarant goa

It’s not surprising to see dogs even in fancy restaurants in Goa, but it’s true this is a little more rare- although it does happen. Cows actually beg for food like dogs and go to women’s kitchens for chapati. I remember being told there was a cow who came every day at dinner time and would throw a fit if it didn’t get some chapati- thrashing it’s head around in the doorway! There are horrible people who throw hot oil on the cows here and the local teams like WAGS and International Animal Rescue have to put Tumeric on their wounds to keep them clean and help heal them.

If you are ever in Goa, try not to be mad about cows or dogs in your “people” space. There isn’t enough space in general, and they just want food so badly! Because some tourists have gotten upset about animals in their place of eating, shack owners go overboard and throw things at them so they don’t bother people- which isn’t cool. Let them know you don’t mind!

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.

5 Comments

  1. Jo April 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Hahaha – This is indeed India. I have often heard people talk about how everyone is on the streets in India – Along with cars, bikes, autos, buses, people walking.. there are cats, dogs, cows, hens, camels, elephants.. literally anything you can think about. I am from India and I find the diversity incredible..No wonder we call it “Incredible India”.

  2. Betsy April 6, 2016 at 2:28 am - Reply

    I love the cows! I had a cow join me for lunch in a restaurant in Khajuraho. The employees did not like that she was there, but I did. So cute.

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

      haha I think that’s how it is a lot – but I am always happy to have animals around! :)

  3. Tim UrbanDuniya April 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I love cows!! Probably not surprising I love India, I guess…

    One animal I can’t handle sharing space with is monkeys. But cows suit me just fine :)

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