In Malaysia rain is no exciting event, unless you have landed in the country a few hours ago, from a dry desert.
This is exactly my point. In Sudan nowadays it is the rainy season and the friends back home seem to be pretty excited about it. “It’s raining and the weather is fantabulous!” to quote a friend’s text message.
Having lived in Malaysia, where it is a tropical forest (so you know it rains a lot !) , it is becoming to me, at many occasions, an event that is either completely ignored and might even go unnoticed or an obstacle in case you’re out there walking, running, or even driving a car at rush hours … at the end of the day, we can’t help adjust rain times.
Nonetheless, I still love rain at night, it cools off the weather dramatically… apparently for that reason people back home are excited about the rain, for it surely cools off the land after a burning hot sun.
One more thing that gave me a feel good when it rained in Khartoum, was the fact that it washed off trees, roads and buildings from the dust that’s hanging in the air all year long. Right then Khartoum’s “true colors” would appear and brighten up. The city looks more colorful after the rain halts, with clouds still hesitating to separate and raindrops still drizzling, that for me was a satisfactory refreshing view of the city, a better indulging sight of its twists and turns from a high point. It is just mesmerizing.!
Although in Sudan rain can be very damaging ! Since the infrastructure is very ill prepared and weak to handle rain waters. But, people may have developed a sense of “who cares” for a little feel of cool breeze after the hot unwelcome summer.. Nothing much happens anyway, little streets just get flooded and people may find difficulty going through in the mud from point A to B .. it’s OK, who cares !
So I guess, I am excited it’s the rainy season back home too. Let’s celebrate !