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 Hippie in Heels.
Strangely it’s the small things( like trying 10 different stores looking for a dog cage, and being offered multiple bird cages, before just making it ourselves) that are impossible, while the huge tasks are completed with ease.
In Hampi, Karnataka, India, there is a river and the cool kids stay on one side, while the city people are on another. The catch is, you can only cross the river a certain time of the day and sometimes it’s by traditional Karnataka boats.
While in Hampi, we met a kid (a driver of a traditional boat across the river) who could literally make any happen and would respone to all our yes or no questions with, “Of course! Anything is possible in India!”
“Hey kid, if I asked for a tiger for a pet would you get me one?”
“Can you send someone to pick us up from the other side after the river crossing closes?”
“Can we have this boat?”
We asked a lot of joking questions as he answered them yes in all seriousness. Little did I know, Ben wasn’t joking when he asked to have the boat. The kid said he could buy it for 7,000 rupees. Babu drove us 8 hours to Hampi from Goa and was driving us back the next day.
People can talk about the scams in India, because they are real and they suck- but when things like I’m about to explain happen it gives you a new hope and totally proves my theory when you trust in India, it rewards you.
The kid took us to a boat maker. The boat maker said give me the money now- I’ll make you a boat. I will send a boy with the boat to the bus station in 3 days. He will pay the driver 200 rupees to deliver the boat to a man in Goa. The man in Goa will take 100 of the 200 rupees to take the boat in a truck and deliver it to your house. You wil have it in 4-5 days max. Just give me the money now…
I’d just spend a few months on my own backpacking, being scammed left and right. I looked at Ben like he was nuts to make the deal.
Ben thought it sounded great, knew there was no way they’d rip him off and handed over the cash. I told him he was an idiot.
3 days later a truck showed up to our home in Goa with a boat in it. They forgot the paddles but those even showed up two days later.
This is India!
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Rachel Jones is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches on Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Her award winning website gives advice on the other 28 countries she's been to but has become the go-to site on India travel, focusing on off beat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine & was voted by Flipkey as one of the top 25 female bloggers to follow this year. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google plus.