10 rain confessions – How to welcome Bali’s rainy season with a positive attitude
Rain can be annoying
Rain can mean an end to an activity, or event you were looking forward to.
Rain can force you to stay inside, when you were just about to leave the house.
All this can be rain for some people.
A negative aspect of life.
Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.
– Vladimir Nabokov
Rain can destroy
Rain can destroy a common day.
Rain can destroy a special holiday.
Rain can destroy the best day of your life.
All this rain can do to people.
Cause harm and bring disappointment.
In Indonesia the rainy season, or wet season, has an influence on the daily lives of locals and tourists alike. When it starts to rain during this period of the year, it is not something you can ignore or sit out.
Once you went through the Indonesian rainy season, you will assert, that the monsoon is like the sum of all rainfalls that you have ever experienced before and at times much more than that.
The monsoon comes erratically, in batches, followed by wind and sometimes lightning. When the rain is coming, most of the people flee into their homes, search for shelter and get grumpy.
They think that the rain is an obstacle and stops them from their plans and duties.
They blame the rain for not meeting their tasks or the activities they wanted to go for.
They get a hatred towards the rain and curse it in never ending sequences.
That is the one side of rain, the dark side.
But how about the bright side of rain?
It provides plants, animals and humans with the essence of life – WATER.
The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rain is water and water is life.
Rain can also be a teacher in many ways.
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
– Bob Marley
Although it rains a lot in the months of the wet season, the rain can be faced by following some easy tips.
5 tips how to face Bali’s rainfalls
1. Rainfall season is between October and March
Keep these months in mind, when you plan to visit Bali. The rain can be on some days more, on others less. Climate patterns of previous years don’t necessarily have to be repeated in the following years.
The rainy season has a great benefit: the prices of flights and accommodation are often lower and it’s less crowded. Especially the latter has a positive impact on the traffic. No more serious traffic jams.
2. The rainfalls are sudden and heavy
If the rain shows up, then it’s raining buckets. Often the rain starts slowly so the people have some time to meet preparations, like finding shelter or put on their rain protection.
Here a good advice: hunker down in a safe place and wait until the rain gets less. In most cases, the rain is a short roaring shower.
3. Always have your rain coat and umbrella with you
If you drive a scooter, purchase a rain poncho or “batman rain cape”. You can find them in a lot of shops. Indonesians always carry those coats in their scooter seats. Whenever the rain sets in, they stop for a moment to put the cape on.
4. Don’t drive in heavy rain
If you rent a car or scooter, it’s safer to stop somewhere and wait until the rain gets lighter. Heavy rushing droplets can block the driver’s view and become a real danger on the road, especially in the midst of the chaotic Indonesian traffic.
5. Wear flip-flops and not your best shoes
As Indonesia is a hot and humid island all throughout the year, flip-flops and sandals are the best footwear. They’re common and worn by the majority of the inhabitants and travelers. Avoid wearing your favorite Birkenstock sandals. When the material of the inlay gets wet, it needs quite some time to dry.
5 beautiful things the monsoon can teach us
1. To be patient
A rainfall can be the perfect moment to come to a rest. Especially for people, who are always in a hurry, even in their holidays. Who plan every activity in detail and get stressed, when their plans get mixed up because the rain didn’t fit their schedule.
2. To listen to the rain
If there is only a drizzle, the sound of rain can have a relaxing effect. The sound of the pouring rain is described by many people as peaceful. There is also a name for this certain group of people, who even like rain more than sunshine: pluviophiles long for rainy days.
3. To appreciate the rain
Rain waters the earth and provides the planted seeds with everything that they need to grow and yield fruit. Water contains all the essential nutrition that enhances the development of all organisms in this world.
4. To praise the natural water cycle
Everything that is life comes in cycles. For humans typical cycles are life and death, health and disease, anger and happiness. Rain originates from every water source on this planet: world oceans, seas, lakes, rivers and ponds. The water cycle is the most important natural cycle to blossom the earth.
5. To realize that rain is life
As 71% of Earth’s surface is covered by water and 60% of the human body consists of water, the essence of water is fundamental to create and maintain every living creature and organism. Water was the first and will be the last that sustains on this planet.