Last night we experienced our first big rain here in El Salvador. There are only two seasons here – the dry season and the rainy season. We arrived back in November at the beginning of the dry season so apart from one drizzly day in December, there has been no rain since we got here. Every day has been sunny and beautiful with the occasional hazy day here and there. Well last night that changed as we experienced a crazy thunderstorm! It’s early in the year for a hard rain like the one we got last night but it definitely gave us a taste of what’s to come when the rainy season begins in May. Around midnight last night we heard a few loud thunderclaps, a few minutes of light drizzle, and then it poured! Since we have a metal roof it was loud! Up here on the volcano, we must have been close to the storm. We had rain pouring in our windows and the whole house smelled like a dusty baseball diamond that’s getting rained on for the first time in weeks. There was literally mud streaming in our bedroom windows…unbelievable! We were wide awake at this point so we raced around the house closing windows and checking for water leaking in. We discovered our roof leaks in about five different places but thankfully we didn’t have major water entering the house! It was an adrenaline rush to experience a sudden, unexpected storm like this after so many months of dryness. It kind of summed up our recent life experiences for me. It’s all been a little unexpected, a little out of place, and sometimes a little stormy…but overall life here has been an incredible adrenaline rush as we run around sometimes laughing, and drying to mop up disasters here and there. It’s all part of the roller coaster ride of cultural adjustment but El Salvador is becoming home! I can’t wait for the next rainstorm!
Don’t worry, you will have plenty of rainstorms, pretty much half of the year? 🙂 Good attitude!
I will take some thunderstorms over six months of snow anytime!
What a great analogy. When the rainy season starts, grab a cup of coffee and a good book and take some much-needed time to read and relax on your beautiful porch! Love you all!
Oh, and I agree with Mom! Rain over snow!
Jon; at least you dont have to shovel rain. Miss you all. pop-pop