When I headed out of work yesterday around 5PM I decided to walk the 30 minutes home. The wind had picked up and the sky had turned grey, but I decided to stick with my plan. I had an umbrella. Rookie mistake. Due to two previous run-ins with an aggressive stray dog, I chose the route that would avoid his territory – which also happens to be the route that avoides the bus.

Within a minute, the raindrops started. It doesn’t just rain here in Thailand. The water falls from the sky like a wave has enveloped your body – the wind renders pointless all efforts from your umbrella to keep you dry. The roar of the rain hitting the ground mixed with the boom of thunder is deafening. All you can feel is the water building up in your shoes as you continue on despite not being able to see more than a couple of inches in front of you.

I finally found shelter under an overhang where I waited out the heavy rain. About 15 minutes later when I was able to continue home, the roads had already began to flood. My $5 work flats weren’t really made to be rain boots and needless to say I was a soaking mess. I really didn’t mind it though, it was actually quite a pleasant experience. I think I’d do it again except next time I’ll leave my computer, phone and camera somewhere more dry.


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