With Hurricane Sandy currently bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard, I have weather on the brain, and this got me thinking about travel weather. Though we generally hope for clear skies and warmth when traveling, I think a spell of “bad” weather on a trip abroad can make for some extra memorable moments.
I experienced this a lot when living in Prague. I have many fond memories of cold winter afternoons, hunkered down in an underground pub or a coffee shop, keeping warm inside while cold rain (or snow) fell outside the windows.
I also remember one time sitting with a friend in a little town square in Prague, when suddenly the wind picked up into a frenzy of pre-rain intensity. It whipped up all kinds of dust and little leaves, which unexpectedly sent me into a crazy sneezing fit unlike any I’d ever experienced in my life. That little storm was good for many, many laughs.
Another favorite bad-weather activity is the impromptu game of mud soccer in a city park. Sliding around, getting dirty, getting wet, not caring—that’s just pure fun. You can’t get that when it’s bright and sunny.
And finally, getting caught in a downpour in Paris just sounds romantic, a great story for the memory bank.
So, while good weather is always great to have when traveling, I say the occasional spell of bad weather is not always a turn for the worse. Of course, I’m not talking about hurricanes. Hurricanes are bad. Stay safe tonight on the East Coast.
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