Saturday, 11 September 2010

What Do Americans Do When it Rains?

After 3 and a half months of wet season, I’ve grown accustomed to what Cameroonians do when it rains: stop…just stop.

Popular transport is by moto and when it’s rainy, it’s much too dangerous to ride a motorcycle. Though umbrellas exist, pouring rain is much too strong for cheap umbrellas to handle. Thus, if there is a meeting, it won’t start until after the rain has cleared…perhaps ten minutes later…maybe twenty minutes later…and every now and again? If rain lasts for an hour or so, perhaps people won’t show up at all. Or also, if you are at a Cameroonian’s house in this PCV’s case, you hang out chatting in French for a good two hours until the rain stops.

Usually the rain comes in spurts and afterwards one can continue on his or her day after a few minutes. But really, what do Americans do when it rains? I know that life goes on in spite of the rain, but I forget.

1 comment:

  1. hehehe. Believe me, nothing stops... unless there's a flood! Now, in Georgia, Life STOPS if there's snow. We just don't know how to drive in that stuff. hehe