Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

There is something comforting about hearing a heavy rain shower fall onto the rooftop, when you are dry and warm inside. Today a heavy rainfall fell in Medellin, breaking the sunny warm weather. Maybe I feel good when I hear the rain as it reminds me of weekends spent in England, in my comfy jogging trousers lying on the sofa listening to music and the raindrops falling outside. The first day I came back to Medellin after two months away it was raining, with a warm feeling in the air touching my skin. The smell of the rain was clear, that damp, wet dirt smell you get when especially it has been hot before it rains. 

In Medellin the lightning often lights up the sky, thunder bellows around the valley bouncing off the mountains surrounding the city. It sounds like music, an orchestra accompanying the singer; the rain with lightning and thunder in unison as backing instruments.

Gran tormenta eléctrica 2011-06-06, Medellín

I am also reminded of when I first came to Medellin, sunny most mornings and days with rainy showers most afternoons and nights. Then it was the rainy season, ladies would wear winter boots whilst all I had were some sandals and a raincoat to go out to the bars and clubs in, at least I can say I looked different! Creating my own unique traveler fashion style.

Rain also makes me sleepy, like I want to curl up and relax. Today I take this opportunity as it is a little after lunchtime to take a nap, I often don't actually fall asleep but the resting is helpful for your body and mind.  I am remembering what I used to do at home to relax, what I used to love to do when I had hours to spare. Mostly I filled my time with cooking, baking, trying out new recipes. Or I would go to yoga or aerobics classes and I return after with a feeling of energy I did not have before, renewed and refreshed.

A bit like the rain. Once it is finished, everyone who’s stopped going about their business, returns. That’s how at least it works in Latin American countries when it rains. I see motorcyclists under the bridges taking shelter, people who were shopping wait in the shop fronts till it clears, the streets are often abandoned except a few people who do that rushing thing, putting a cover over their heads trying to avoid getting wet, but in reality getting as wet as they would if they walked normally, at least that is my opinion.  

Even the traffic dies down and a wonderful silence falls across this city until the rain stops and the chaos I love about this city, resumes.  Except of course, for the odd car alarm that’s set off by the heavy weight of the rain.

Una noche tormentosa en Medellín

I also love that feeling when you are caught in the rain, making a dash to cover, then gently wiping your face and hair of the wet almost wiping away the days woes and tiredness in an instant with the water. Drops fall from your nose and chin and you have this sense of being out of breath as if the rain is suffocating you.  I think it is relaxing and calming, being in water, near water or in the rain. 

Hearing the drops of rain is enchanting and gives you time to reflect on the day gone and still ahead.

And now for the soundtrack, a bit of Billy Joe Thomas.
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charlotte on

Thank you Sue, I love receiving comments especially from new subscribers!

greekcypriot on

We were living in Philadelphia when this song was among the 10 pop on the chart. I love it from the first time I heard it.
Lovely photos too.

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