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.

this is india 30 lady who sleeps with cobra

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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