Sunday, January 27, 2008

Samoan Summer


South of the equator it is mid-summer. To me, summer means hot. But in Samoa, summer means rainy season. The skies darken for up to a week at a time as giant South Pacific cyclonic storms bring bands of rain and wind. Everything is green, damp, and COOL. Samoans walk around in jackets. They can’t understand why I don’t even wear a shirt. It is fantastic sleeping and reading weather. In a way this weather produces a Samoan version of cabin fever. Rain, rain, go away… Even in paradise there are cloudy days.

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