The Cambodian rainy season 'officially' goes from May to November, but the first time I visited Cambodia and volunteered at Wat Opot in July 2010 it was bone dry. Everything was dead and brown. Wayne emailed me when I went back to Nepal in October saying the rains had finally come. In October. This cycle was repeated pretty much every year since with rains not starting until September or October. One year it sprinkled on and off the whole dry season so everything stayed green and pretty.
This year is the first time I have seen hard torrential rain in May. We posted about the sudden storm we had here which was a bit scary – and that’s coming from a girl born and raised in Kansas! Dorothy lied, there IS another place like home, but who would have thought it was in the Takeo Province of Cambodia?
Well the kids are loving the early rains stripping down and running full force into the cool water from the sky. Most days it’s the only reprieve from the humid and 95f/35c degree heat and it’s almost impossible not to join in (stripping down to your skivvies optional).
Here’s a little glimpse of the fun we have most every day now. Except for the high schoolers who have to bike home in the rain, although once they get home and dry out the contents of their backpack, they join in as well.
And in the end we are left with little soggy sasauges.