Although it rains all throughout the year in my area, you know when rainy season is here. Your compound turns into a river and you stay inside and listen to the rain beating on your tin roof and you might stare at your ceiling more frequently than usual.
I was just thinking about how much I’m not looking forward to rainy season, all of the mud, washed out roads, more frequent power outages (haha, my power just went out) and who knows what else. Then I stopped to think a minute. As I was snapping a few pictures and watching the river running through my compound grow higher and higher I thought in a way it is kind of nice.
When it poors down rain, all you hear is the rain beating on the tin roof. It drowns out all the chickens, screaming goats, donkeys, children, people yelling at each other from one end of the compound to the other – all you hear is the rain. It is nice to think of its natural beauty and how soothing it can be. It gives you a break from all the random noises you will hear in Ethiopia.
So for my fellow PCVs that are dreading the rainy season try not to focus on all the chica (mud) that we will soon have all over everything we own but focus on the sound of the rain beating on our tin roofs, rain water rushing through our compounds and enjoy the peacefulness of it.