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.
What I was up to other than here:
- I’m wandering about the ruins of Hampi (a place I’ve written about before) with goMowgli then by the end of this weekend I’ll be on the beaches of Gokarna!
- Happy Halloween! Wish I could dress up, I loved this holiday a lot in the U.S.
Now your story (but it’s a picture this week),
I shared this on Instagram before (are you following me on there? You should be!)
I passed this about 20 times before I realized “wait, this isn’t normal in the U.S. I should totally take a picture for me blog!” So I got out and did while everyone on the road looked at me like I was crazy. The India car wash that makes monsoon more fun! This was near the main Goa Highway to Panjim and there’s always a few buses around and even some cars and bikes.
This is India!
feature image photo credit flickr (camel)
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I love it when I’ve been somewhere long enough that normality becomes blurred!
lol, that’s exactly it, blurred.
It’s hilarious that you had to pass the “car wash” 20 times before you realized how foreign the concept of washing your vehicle with flood water is to Americans. I remember the first time I saw people washing their motorbikes with puddle water in Cambodia. At first it struck me as very weird. And then I thought, at least they’re not wasting water! Great photo, btw.
lol, Wonder how many more things are seen that are strange but I haven’t realized it yet. and you’re right no waste of water here!
I love this picture! It made me lough at loud. I also love how it didn’t occur to you for awhile that it was, well, different. I remember being in India and eventually just accepting everything ‘as normal’ until I got home. “What? It’s not ok for me to bargain for this dress at Macy’s?” “Can’t move because there’s a cow in the road. No problem!”
LOL! I felt the same way shopping thinking, “no this is overpriced, I think instead of 15 bucks, it should be 12… i’ll just offer 12.. oh wait i can’t”
I love that you passed this so many times before realising it would be quite unusual back home haha! It’s funny how perceptions change when you live somewhere for a while. It’s quite a good idea using the monsoon water to wash cars though! When we were travelling in the summer in western China we saw people parking their cars in streams to wash them, but then down stream people were washing their clothes and dishes…
lol, yes i see a lot of activity happen upstream like peeing, and worse… and people washing clothes downstream EEEKKK
hilarious! love these series!
I’ve heard the monsoon is really heavy this year in southern India – stay safe!!
Indians are some of the most resourceful people I’ve met!