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After the rain 2 June 2010

Posted by uggclogs in Life.
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Hanoi is slowly gearing up to summer; the mercury is rising, the humidity is stifling, the sun is glaring.

This is my third summer in Hanoi, and I feel that I can cope better with the heat now than I ever have before. I feel sorry for the newcomers who are already claiming to be ‘dying’ from the heat. I choose not to tell them that summer will get warmer and muggier. I don’t want to discourage them just yet.

Yesterday, around 4:30 in the afternoon, the sun was out. It was 32 degrees, and humidity was at 78 per cent. Blue skies were slowly being overtaken by dark, almost purple rainclouds.

People on motorbikes were clumping together under the shade a couple of metres ahead of the traffic lights, trying to stay out of the sun.

“The ninjas have returned!” I proclaimed recently when the women started covering themselves head to toe; they will wear masks and sunglasses, hoodies, long gloves, and specially made ‘riding shirts’ with extra long sleeves that they wear over their clothes to avoid the sunshine.

Then, late last night, there was another storm. I love the storms of Hanoi in summer. There is nothing more welcome, nothing more refreshing.

When we arrived in Hanoi, we were put up in an 8th floor apartment, where you could see the storms rolling in, and where the lightning would be jumping from cloud to cloud all around you. And then, after shrill flashes and loud thunder, pounding rain:


Muffled Hanoi, driving through the large amounts of puddles and minor floodings left behind.

And the morning after, when driving to work, it is easier to breathe. The air is cool, everything seems cleaner. The world seems different, somehow.

And beautiful, after the rain.

And you know that the tension will keep on rising over the next couple of days, until the next storm, the next relief.

How can you not but love summer in Hanoi?


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