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This is India! 97

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:

  • So, we are back in Goa today and very tired! I feel “shattered” as Ben would say. I flew back with Etihad (love them!) through Abu Dhabi & Bangalore and had really long layovers. By the time I got home, Ben had already been home 8 hours and had a nice long nap. I’m such a neat freak I can’t sleep when I get home from a trip. I have to shower, clean the house, do all the laundry, etc until I can relax. I’ve been that way since I can remember! While we were in Abu Dhabi my dad warned us not to cuss & be inappropriate because an American had been put in jail from the Abu Dhabi airport when she told off some men who tried to “help her” outside the airport. Man, if we got jailed for that in India, I’d have a life sentence.
  • Arriving in Bangalore was super annoying which I’ll share about in a future story haha
  • Overall we had a really good trip in Jordan. Ben really loved it, maybe more than I did. I’ll be writing about an itinerary, what you can wear there, our favorite places, and more over the next month. At this point, I’m way behind on work since I didn’t do any in Jordan but really just want to go the beach and read. Check out
     by Hanya Yanagihara. It’s so long and weird (and intense) but a really good story about 4 male friends from their college days all the way up to when they’re old, based in NYC.
  • I contributed to this piece about which was picked up by the Huffington Post.. woo hoo!

Now your story,

While driving to Mapusa, we realized the car was doing this weird zroom zroom thing (I’m no mechanic…) but it felt like when someone drives an automatic and keeps pushing the gas then letting go, then pushing, and letting go which is enough to make me car sick.

We stopped on the side of the road to a mechanic Ben had visited in the past. He’s like “dude the car is acting weird”. The mechanic and his friend jumped in, took it for a ride, and starting fiddling. Normally it’s Ben fiddling (and breaking) things.. I call him Fiddling Fred.

This is India! 97Highly recommend this car repair shop… it doesn’t look like much lol but very nice (insert approving head wobble).

This is India! 97Our engine is conveniently located under the seat. Every mechanic knows how to fix an Omni, so we trust pretty much any Indian mechanic who starts fiddling in our car.
This is India! 97

It’s looking a mess, but he finished fiddling and off we went. The car worked fine. It took 5 minutes and since he felt we had already paid from the last time, it was free. This is not the way it works in America. Funny how some things here are 10x more difficult then things like this happen and you’re like, yeah this country is pretty cool. ;)This is India! 97

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. veena April 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    it’s always such a surprise when something you expect to take ages and involve tons of haggling is quick and stress-free. i still get skeptical when the first auto driver i ask agrees to take me somewhere without asking for extra fare, because i’m not used to it. this is india, indeed.

    • Rachel Jones April 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Haha I know I get skeptical too when it’s too easy!

  2. Agness April 16, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I personally hate haggling, especially in India, but it has its advantages, for sure! :) Cool story! Why didn’t we meet when me and Cez went to India in February? :-(

  3. Ankur Lamaniya April 19, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Lol that’s a great story, u sometimes find such people who can easily make ur car fit. Hope u guys had fun at Jordan. will see ya soon ther in goa. :D Hi Ben

  4. Kimberley April 22, 2016 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Thanks for the story! Im heading to India for the first time on Sunday for 3 months. Loving your blog and am finding alot of helpful advice :)

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