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:
- Woo hoo! Hippie in Heels was ranked in the Top 50 Travel Blogs by Travelocafe based on number of visitors & social media engagement combined. I’m dead last at #50 which has a lot to do with my terrible twitter skills. In the blogging world, they keep track of your engagement on social media- and twitter is like a dark hole I don’t understand. So, I guess I’ll make that a New Year’s resolution?
- I have a giveaway running RIGHT NOW! for a fancy silk scarf by TIA a local designer here in Goa. Make sure you click here to enter the giveaway.
Now your story,
I had to wait for this story until my parents left India or else my mom would NOT have come.
This story is about my friend Katja who runs Dadablui, a trendy fashion line in Goa.
She went to bed, but first closed her window and her bedroom door. Her A/C remote was behind her bed and all night she reached back (there was no bedboard) and kept changing the temperature.
In the am she woke up, opened her doors and to her surprise her cats wouldn’t come in the room.
They stood at the door just looking behind her bed… right at the spot she’d been reaching over ALL night.
There was a big black cobra curled up. It must have been there the whole night as there was no way to get in once the window was shut.
She ate her breakfast and watched the snake, not knowing it was a cobra- wondering if she should get a broom and push him out. Her housekeeper got ahold of the snake people who came and immediately said, “It’s a cobra! It’s the third one we’ve found in this house over the years.”
In Assagao, Katja is now “the lady who sleeps with cobra”.
How badass is that!? and terrifying… she lives just across from me in a beautiful old Portuguese house.
This is India!
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How terrifying! I get freaked out if I find a spider or cockroach in my house. I cannot imagine what I would do in that situation!!
I do too! I have a pretty modern house here, and hers was an older portuguese house so I’m hoping our windows and doors are more secure! I would lose it.
Erm, I don’t think I’d deal with that too well! Eaaaaaaak, how did she not completely freak out?!
she’s a badass lol
Oh god! I’m not usually scared of snakes, but waking up to realize that a COBRA had been beside my bed as I slept all night would be terrifying!
Yeah!! totally would have panicked!
Wow cobra … that’s another level. So far we only had a what I guess was a regular snake in our bathroom on Sumbawa island, Indonesia. Couldn’t figure out what kind it was … and to be fair I wasn’t really trying ;) Snapped a picture and he crawled into a toilet pipe whole … From now on before entering a bathroom I always take a 360 look around;D
even a “regular” snake is scary enough!! no thanks. I always look twice in bathrooms too just to be sure.
OK, the next time preface such a post with WARNING! NIGHTMARE-INDUCING IMAGE AHEAD. Haha. J/K. I’m not scared of snakes but still…
On our honeymoon in Borneo, we went on a nice little stroll in the rainforest with a guide from our resort. He was telling us how they almost never see snakes in that particular area when BOOM! I almost stepped on a black-spitting cobra right in the middle of the trail as I wasn’t even paying attention. Zoiks.
Hahahahah! Sorry I should have written a warning. You stepped on a cobra!? That’s insane you are so lucky!
Yikes! That is terrifying… Making a a mental note never to open any windows while I’m in India.
I’m right there with you on Twitter. I started using it this year and I just don’t get it.
Ah, twitter… I should hire someone to do it for me lol but um.. I would need $ first!
Someone once dropped a sackful of cobras next to our house and few of them came in, then my father was interviewed by the local newspapers.
OMG! That’s really crazy!
Wayhey! Congrats on your blog ranking in the top 50.
That cobra is fricking nuts! Your friend must be a total badass to have not freaked out, you would have seen a Hannah shaped hole in the door faster than you can say “Goa”. :)
hahahha, i was so scared, but it’s been months ago now and at my garden, we have more of a python problem haha!
Egads – whether it is a cobra or not I likely would have flipped! She must have nerves of steel!
lol, that she does!
Wow – I’m glad she survived!! Close call!
OMG! well glad she is ok