The Bali Blog « Outdoor Shower: The Rainy Season Starts in Ubud
So the wet season has finally arrived in Ubud. It's only two months' late.
The plus-points are that your garden won't need watering for a while – and the drop in temperature makes for a frostier night's sleep.
You may not realise that getting caught in a rain shower – particularly on a motorbike – is the tropical equivalent of wandering outside naked after a bath during a Prague Winter.
It'll really slow you down.
The shivers, hot-and-cold flushes, a chesty cough, sneezing, diarrhoea and aching bones are all at the top of the list. Indonesians call it masuk angin - 'the wind has entered'.
Just call it a heavy tropical 'flu.
Which is why the only time you'll ever see locals running is when it begins to rain, when there's a fire, or when they're chasing a thief down the road.
The roads around Ubud are prone to turning into rivers after a heavy downpour. Riding blind on a motorbike through calf-deep water is a recipe for a spill as the rainwater gouges out new, hidden potholes.
After the rain dries up, piles of grit, sand and stones congregate at the bottom of hills and on curves that will bring you straight down on a motorbike if you turn or brake on it.
Walking through a flood in town might seem fun in a New Experience kind-of-way, but if you don't wash it off fast with soap and clean water you'll begin to itch - think dog faeces, rat urine and leptospirosis.
The mosquito population will rise – keep lotioned up.
Rats and snakes who had hitherto been hunkered down in nice, dry holes are suddenly looking for a new home. Keep your garden clean and clear of debris, and your grass short.
Block off gaps underneath your gate with fine wire mesh, and do the same with any open drainage pipes that lead outside - snakes love a good hole. Watch where you're walking in the sawah, look up at overhanging trees before you walk underneath them, and use a torch in rice fields at night.
And don't sit under a banana or a papaya tree. It's unlucky. And Bali Pit Vipers like them.
But isn't it cool to be cool again?
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