It has been raining!

I knew that I was showing up during the tail end of monsoons, but I also knew that most of the rain happens in July – not August. The first couple of days was really mellow. It would drizzle a lot, and have points of no rain and points of downpour throughout the day. But moving from Seattle, it just seemed like rain – with being in the car so much, I wasn’t even putting on my rain coat.

And then Saturday happened. The rains started Friday afternoon, and it downpoured until Monday. It rained hard and constantly for days. I would have thought that since it happens for months out of every year, that things would be built to deal with it, but they really aren’t. Pretty quickly roads started flooding. What amazed me, is that until the flooding really became bad, it didn’t stop the crazy traffic. It just made everything take twice as long (which is saying something when it normally takes almost an hour and a half to get to the south end of the city) The road would be at least ankle deep in water – it would be spilling onto the sidewalks from the road, but the cars are still driving through it. It wasn’t until it got worse than that, that cars started to just have to stop in the water. I guess it got bad enough in parts of the city to completely stop both buses and the trains.

The other slightly weird thing has to do with food and monsoon. Overall, they are very protective of what we eat. Most of the places we have been eating aren’t really much less expensive than most of the eating out I do in the states – though often they are slightly nicer places. They want us to introduce our stomachs to more of the lower end food and bacteria slowly. But one of the main contingencies they make is that we really shouldn’t eat street food or anything of the sort until after the monsoon is over. I am fascinated that monsoon has so much affect on the food.

Yesterday and today have been back to normal – a range from not raining to downpour, but completely dealwithable. It should be interesting to see how the rest of monsoon season plays out.