Youâ€™ve probably heard that word before. â€œEye of the Dayâ€, in Bahasa Indonesia, the language here, itâ€™s quite the understatement. Iâ€™ve been here for 10 months now, and guess how many times it has rained? . . . 8 . . . No, thatâ€™s not a drenching, all day, canâ€™t go outside and play, wet t-shirt contest, this sucks, type of rainy day. Thatâ€™s only a couple of hours out of 8 days in over 300 total days.
Before coming here, I was all about the sun; absolutely loved it. I still do â€“ but how can an island in the middle of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, not get drenched with months of monsoons? Indonesia has 2 seasons. Wet and dry. Thatâ€™s it. Since weâ€™re almost right on the equator, the sun rises at 6 am, and sets at 6 pm. Locals canâ€™t believe when I tell them that at home, in July, the sun doesnâ€™t set until like almost 10 pm. In the States, I always glimpsed at the Weather Channel to see what the day would be like, sun, rain, snow, fog, sleet, freezing rain, thunderstorms, etc. Thereâ€™s no need whatsoever for a Weather Channel here. Everyday is sunny and around 88 â€“ 91 degrees (32-34 C). Even when I stumble out of bed at 3 am to grab some water, I leave the comfort of my permanently air-conditioned bedroom, to hit the wall of humid heat in the hallway thatâ€™s at least 20 degrees warmer.
I was looking on the â€˜net at the weather where my family is today, this is what I found.
My mom is in Cape Town, S. Africa: Chance of rain, 65 degrees.
My brother and dad in America: Sunny, 77 degrees.
My sister in Atlanta: Chance of thunderstorms, 95 degrees.
Jakarta? You guessed it! Sunny, 91 degrees.
See what I mean? V A R I E T Y. Itâ€™s starting to wear on me if you canâ€™t tell. I still donâ€™t miss the snow, but damn a chill in the air would be nice. I guess last year, there were torrential rains during the rainy season that caused massive flooding, forcing people to float on rafts made by the unemployed locals, and pay around $40 to float to the market. The sewage canal mixed with the rainwater and deposited the sludge into peopleâ€™s living roomsâ€¦
Ok, maybe I should be thankful once again for the ever-present Matahari.