Blame It On The Rain

By Will

*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwrL9MV6jSk

The rains keep coming. From the moment we first arrived in Indonesia, it seemed like everyone we met always brought up the rainy season in conversation. However, because it didn’t exist in our first seven months here, it was really a foreign conversation that we couldn’t give much thought to.

Now we can.

On a (nearly) daily basis, a monsoon roles through our area, often flooding the roads, knocking the electricity out and driving every bug and rodent within flying or crawling range into the refuge that is our house.

Rainy season has had a huge impact on our daily lives. Pity the volunteer who forgets to take their rain jacket to school in the morning, because its guaranteed that he will get caught in a monsoon on the way home. Our afternoon bike rides and activities in general have been curtailed due to the rain, or threat thereof. The attendance for our evening English lessons for the kids in our village has dramatically declined as many are unwilling to trudge through the rain and mud to get to our house.

This was a light rain

This was a light rain

And then there is the mold. The tiny microbes that thrive in damp, dark places–i.e. Indonesia from October-March. We returned from our holiday vacation to find our yoga mats and several pieces of clothes serving as a new home to thousands of green and brown organisms. We haven’t had it as bad as others, but it has added a new wrinkle to our routines.

On the plus side, though, the temperature has been much cooler. If the overcast lasts through the morning, the temperature at school feels downright mid-September’ish in Kentucky. And, everything is green! Indonesia is really beautiful during rainy season as the crops are growing at their best, the rivers and irrigation aqueducts are running full and dust is at a minimum.

We are still figuring out how to deal with these problems (just tonight we discovered some of our less-worn clothes have become gained a pretty potent smell and are covered in mold) and we probably won’t have it quite figured out until dry season hits again in a few months. Oh well, hopefully we will be better prepared next year.

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