Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Rainy season in the tropics

I have never seen so much rain.. it's really incredible to see it come down so strong, so much and so loud! The rolling thunder and flashes of lightening make the tropical rainy season just awesome! It's so exciting and scary at the same time. We've been in Samara for over a week, just catching up on homeschooling and taking in the beach and the relaxed pace in this little town, but the real show stopper is the weather.. the huge grey clouds, then the sprinkle of rain and then the "dump" that makes one wonder where does all this water come from? And then after it keeps coming and coming, wonder where is it all going? All the plants and leaves are slickened with wet so during the day the greenery is shiny and deep green.. during the night it's just eery with it's darkness and wildness. There are levels of intensity to the rain too.. you think it's really pouring and then it steps it up and it gets even louder, more intense, then it softens up.. but it's just a tease, then the heavy stuff comes again.

We arrived in Samara Beach (where we started back in November!) over a week ago and loved the return.. the sense of familiarity and the ease of the travel (having an awesome spot to stay makes it all so easy too) and the realization that we have come full circle in our travels. The return to the beginning. We settled into homeschooling - but not so easily.. some resistance from the kids which led to frustrations from the parents which led to tempers, which led to a lot of afternoon drinking for the parents!  But eventually, we eased in and after and between homeschooling there were strolls to our favourite restaurants, and beach time or dips in the pool, hanging out at the hotel.. all very easy and relaxed.. it's been great. The rain hasn't interrupted our plans so far since we haven't had too much we wanted to get done or do.. a few false attempts at the beach, where we arrived just in time for the rain to start, but it's actually okay.. you just get wet (as it's not cold) and you continue on. There have been windows of sunshine and blue skies which was nice but mostly we are seeing Samara in hues of grey.. light greys, deep greys, purple greys.. it's actually very pretty. You'll see in some of the photos, it's like  the black and white function was switched on the camera.  While hanging out at our hotel, we've also seen a lot of critters.. the boys find them and it creates a lot of excitement.. so pictures are taken.. and the attention to the small things, the immediate things come back into focus. Kids are great for that!

La Vela Latina Beach Bar.. our fav.

 Gecko catching a huge moth

it's kinda cute
Sean is so good with little kids
pretty bug

catching up on cbc news with morning coffee

Blue crowned Mot-Mot

Major pour.. but found shelter okay.
Tomorrow we are picking up our car rental and heading out for a week or two to explore some nooks and crannies of Costa Rica that we haven't seen yet. Not sure how far we'll get with this weather.. but we'll see! This is a sample of what the weather forecast looks like in the rainy season..(click here)

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