Living in Honduras or Guatemala as a foreigner is sometimes hard, mostly fun and never boring. This Blog is about more than just the oddities of my years in the not-so tranquil, cobble-stoned town of Copán Ruinas and, more recently, Antigua Guatemala. Hence Serendipity, the gift of finding without seeking…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
It has been unbearably hot for days now with
temperatures in the 30°C and a most oppressing humidity of around 70%. It
constantly feels like a major storm is about to break.
Yesterday afternoon it finally did.
It started as a huge rainstorm that makes
you wonder if you have ever seen anything like it, and then all of a sudden it intensified and it started raining twice
as hard! Then a vicious wind swept horizontal sheets or rain over rooftops,
just before marble sized hail started bombarding doors and windows. By then the
electricity had already been cut off (of course). I closed doors and windows
because water started pouring in from everywhere in my second floor apartment:
through closed windows, underneath doors and from numerous leaks in the roof I
didn’t know were there. Windows were shaking, the roof was trembling and I
could hear the zinc laminas on my neighbour’s roof banging. Lightning brightened
the dark afternoon sky. It was quite scary… I felt I had to do something, so I
locked my doors, as if that would keep the storm out. (Very smart, a friend remarked
later, in case something would have happened, people wouldn’t have been able to
enter my apartment!)
And then… It was over. The whole ordeal
didn’t last more than 20 minutes. Of course it took hours to sweep the water
out and clean up the layer of sand and grit that fell down from the ceiling. But
I guess I was lucky. My next door neighbour’s entire roof was blown off and
there were fallen trees and branches everywhere. I even heard that the tarp
over the hieroglyphic stairway in the archaeological park was blown away,
although no confirmation on that yet. But when I called a friend in the
mountains to ask if there was much damage, she said there was none. It had
rained hard, yes, but no hurricane winds as we had downtown.
Today people are still busy cleaning up and
fixing things. But no matter how well you prepare, nature is always able to
blow your socks off. Sometimes quite literally!