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For two days the rain thrashed down outside sideways, pushed by the howling wind on the glassed window. The grey overcast sky and chilly temperatures added to the bleakness of the mood.
I felt like a ship marooned out to sea, nowhere to go, no rays of sunshine on the horizon.
Kalyra, despite spending the morning throwing up, piked up in the afternoon and convinced us to go to the coffee shop. We braved the rain, ready for an adventure to break the cabin fever that had enveloped us.
There’s no controlling or escaping the weather. You just have to deal with the thunder when it decides to clap.
Over coffee, I began to think of lazy days of travel forced upon by the rain. What did we used to do?
Believe it or not we spent plenty of days on our travels hiking in the rain.
Your hike is planned, and sometimes you have booked and paid for a local guide. Time does not allow for you to wait for a few days to see if it passes.
Throw on the boots, put on your hiking rain jacket and go slip sliding in the mud.
Hiking in the rain, can be great fun and brings a new perspective to your outdoor adventure. Besides it makes a great story to tell.
Grab a hammock, or a comfy chair in your hostel lounge area, and chill out for a day of reading or writing.
These can be some of your most relaxing days. Catch up on some journal writing, emailing and entertaining or informative reading. Surround yourself with chill out music, delicious food, and green tea.
Instead of just reading and writing, rainy days are perfect for getting to know your fellow travellers. They’ll be just as bored as you and keen for some stimulating conversation and a few laughs.
Grab a few beers and start socializing.
Why not? Nothing else to do so you might as well party.
Throw some music on, pull out the universal card games, get someone to strum a guitar and you are in for some memorable moments.
Either at the cinema, or the hostel room, the local restaurant or on your lap top you can waste the day away watching movies.
I rarely watch movies as I have too many other things to do; too many real life things that I prefer to do. Rainy days present the perfect excuse to get me to stop and get lost in someone else’s world for a change and enjoy a different side to life.
On our last evening in Nkhata Bay, Malawi, the heavens opened up above the lake and lashed down in a electric display of thunder and lighting.
It was magical sitting on the porch of our bungalow perched above the rocks watching this incredible display of nature in front of us. Make sure you are sitting in a safe spot while voyeuring and allow yourself to become mesmerized for an hour.
We sat in the safety of our car in Etosha National Park for hours watching the torrential rain and how the animals reacted to it. Frozen, they remained standing the entire time, enjoying the cool refreshing water run in torrents over their bodies, showing us how rain should be appreciated.
Travel is always so busy and full of sightseeing, activities, socializing and cramped living spaces. It’s always awkward to find the time and space with your honey for some good old lovin’. Allow the rain to give you the excuse you need to shut the bungalow door and reconnect.
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