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This is India! (three)

I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them, which has inspired this new series This is India! It’s not that I want to make fun of people or have a rant- this is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I’ll also share here each week what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

Writing I do other than Werkenntwen:

  • an interview, Journey the World with Werkenntwen, about fashion and packing for Journey Fashion Girl
  • a guest post, Become a Thai Yoga Masseuse and Earn Money for Journey for Goats on the Road
  • shared the India Basics for Solo Female Journeyers for Let’s Roam Wild.
  • the BIG one I’m SO excited about is my first feature on Matador Network, who wanted to share my post 17 Scams to Avoid in India; feels pretty cool to be up on their homepage!
  • Journey secrets From the Experts, 15 Tips to Stay Healthy on the Road, for the Yoga Nomads
  • an interview for A Southern Gypsy: Meet the Gypsy’s: Werkenntwen
  • Living in Goa, Life Could Be a Dream for Quit Your Job and Go

Now for your story:

One of my favorite things is that everyone rides a motorbike in India. A pretty lady in a sari or a man with 3 kids might be the driver of the bike. Infant babies sit up front on the drivers lap and little kids stand up front and hold on to the handlebars.

This would never happen in the U.S., a place where the media have a panic-attack over Gwyneth Paltrow taking her little girl on a moped without a helmet.

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I have never seen a child wear a helmet on a bike in India. I feel like I don’t even need to mention this, but… traffic in India is INSANE.

So, I have gotten used to the babies on the bikes, even three babies on a bike. But what Ben saw today was new: a motorbike with 3 live pigs stacked on top of each other at the guys’ feet.

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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.