This just needs to be posted. I guess the rainy season isn’t over yet! This is from the newspaper.
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Yesterday we were on our way back home in the rain when we had an “interesting” experience. The city of Bandung is at the foot of some mountains, and we live in the north of the city up in the foothills. When it rains up where we live, all the water has to travel downhill somewhere so there is occasional flooding in the southern areas of town. Because the drainage isn’t very good, the streets generally become the best way for the water to travel when the sewers are full. Because of some heavy rains north of us, we were returning home, travelling uphill, straight though a river! The video below was shot with a point-and-shoot camera, so the quality isn’t great but hopefully it gives you an idea of what things were like. We’re glad to be renting an SUV!
So rainy season officially started a while back, but we’ve now reached the point where it would be odd if it didn’t rain at some point during the day. It may sound crazy, but we’re really enjoying it! The rain clears all the pollution and smoke out of the air, and things cool off somewhat and feel crisp and fresh.
The rain can really be something here. We’ve experienced hard rain like this before in Texas, but it never lasts this long. I (Matt) went outside with the video camera today to shoot some footage just to give you a taste. The sound is what I really love, so for this video I hooked up one of our really nice microphones that we brought to try to do it some justice. There’s not much to see on the video except rain, but I hope you enjoy the sound of it as much as we do! I hope at some point in the future to record some of the spectacular thunder and lightning here. We are in the middle of the mountains, so the echoes and crackles are phenomenal.
(I suggest turning the volume all the way up to get the full effect)
Rainy Season HD from Matt Menger on Vimeo.
You know you live in the tropics and the rainy season is upon you when the forecast looks like this:
Overall, we enjoy the rain. It really seems to clean and freshen things up. We knew about the rainy season before we got here, but it is a whole different thing to actually experience it! I’m still not sure why they only forecast rain at 40% or so – the past week or so it has rained every day! There’s nothing like a good old tropical storm to turn the sky black and just dump water. We’ve gotten in the habit of brewing some hot tea and sitting on our front porch just to take it all in.