Posted by: travelrat | May 23, 2017

Travel Theme: Rain


‘Some people dance in the rain. Others just get wet’ (Bob Marley)

There is a story about a salesman who went to a very dry country with a load of barbecues, and told potential customers:

‘When you want rain, just set fire to this!’

Actually, that principle really only works in Britain. Just as effective, though, is the politician, water authority or media, who, after a week or so without rain, starts muttering about water shortages and hosepipe bans. That’s as effective as any rain-dance … but I haven’t heard of any ritual when you can say:

‘That’s enough, thank you! My rainwater barrel is full!’

However, there are many places around the world that would think us lucky. In Botswana, for instance, they greet each other with the word ‘Pula!’  … which means ‘Rain’. It’s also the name of that country’s currency.

Rain 2

Elsewhere, they can get what we’d regard as too much rain. I remember one excursion we did, where someone didn’t bring waterproofs, because they didn’t anticipate it would rain. But, what the hell did they expect … in a rain forest.

When we’re talking about rain, two places spring to mind. Bergen, in Norway and Ketchikan, in Alaska. In each case, we were told ‘Take your waterproofs! It’s always raining there!’  And, in each case, it turned out to be a glorious day, with not a cloud in the sky.

I usually take waterproofs anyway…  usually, just lightweight ones, that you can throw into your bag in case the weather-man gets it wrong … for I was brought up on the saying ‘Expect the best, but prepare for the worst’.

So, I was prepared when we visited China … and I got a distinct impression that it rains so often there that the Chinese just take it in their stride.

Rain 3

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  1. That’s funny.. I went to Ketchikan on a cruise a few years back.. it was a beautiful sunny day & everyone was like “yeah this never happens” 😀

  2. We went to Ketchikan on a cruise and it does rain there!

  3. My biggest weather mistake was St. Petersburg in February when we took only heavy winter clothes and they had unbelievably hot weather. I had to remove gloves all the time despite snow on the ground, and the rooms were stiflingly hot. This was pre-Glasnost so we couldn’t do much about it.

    • We visited St Petersburg in February, also. Much of the time, I was able to leave my parka on the coach.

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