November 2010: Hello, sunshine


We don’t like to jump the gun around here – it’s always seemed a dangerous and silly pastime. But here goes anyway: We have it on good authority from our friends at the XelaWho Meteorological Station & Roadside Taco Stand that the rainy season is over*.

That’s right. Done. Finito. Ya.

No más, porfis.

And while the past rainy season did have its drawbacks – landslides, loss of life, roads washed out, etc – we’ve taken to looking at world events with the sort of fierce optimism that you really only generally find in the seriously deluded.

So for us, that whole wet patch (if we may coin a phrase) was a big Learning Experience, and here are some of the things we learned:

– Reading the Prensa Libre from cover to cover every day is a great way to stay informed. And depressed and cynical.

– Spongebob Squarepants is still pretty funny when dubbed into Spanish.

– Passing cars will actually go out of their way, risking serious axle damage, just to drive through a puddle and soak your pants legs.

– When in doubt, nap.

A minor clarification on that last point: While saying “I’m going to take a nap” pretty much marks you as either a grandma or kindergarten student, “I’m going to take a siesta” has that sort of multicultural sheen that will probably earn you some serious kudos around the hostel.

And that’s about it, really. Not much, agreed, but it was only a few months after all.

So get out there and soak up some vitamin D, people. Lord knows we’ve earnt it. Take an afternoon stroll around the park. Debut your straight-from-La-Demo “Tommy Hillfinger” T shirt. Go all out and eat an ice cream.

But most of all, hang in there – if we can survive the next three months of bitter cold, we’ll make it through to Xela’s fabled Two Months of Pleasant Weather.

See you on the other side.

* Due to the effects of global climate change, these meteorological observations should be taken as a guideline only. XelaWho will not be held responsible for freak blizzards, droughts, floods or any other climactic deviations. Please hang your washing accordingly.

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