I admit I am a little weird. I like rainy days, even when I am traveling.
While most people detest the idea of being stuck at their destination in the rain, I welcome the drizzly interruptions to my trip. It is on rainy days that I often discover some of the hidden gems that will stay in my memory forever.
On rainy days, I like to go to libraries. Many cities in the world have a city, state or national library freely open to the public. As odd as it may seem, libraries can sometimes be the most fascinating of places.
The national library in Canberra, Australia for example, often has interesting exhibitions showcasing old antique books, letters, maps and treasures from under the sea; I love the exquisitely painted ceiling at the Abbey Library in St Gallen of Switzerland as well as the Strahov Monastery Theological Library in Prague of Czech Republic, with old style of book shelving that make me think I’m on the film set of Harry Potter.
On rainy days, I also like to visit the local supermarkets.
It’s odd, but supermarket shopping is my favorite form of shopping. I like browsing through everyday items, finding alternatives to what we have at home and of course, comparing the prices.
From time to time, I find the oddest things in other supermarkets, such as the Manchester United branded football candies in Thailand, as well as Porsche branded soaps in Peru.
Supermarkets can reveal some of the most interesting and important aspects of the local lifestyle, not to mention, some of the most interesting locals to meet.
On some rainy days, while I try to find doorways and shelter to hide in, I will discover that hidden little café or markets, where most people seem to be while waiting for the rain to stop.
The discovery often come with surprise bonds with fellow ‘rain-shelterers’, and the quick chit chat often end with swapping of emails and sometimes long-term friendships.
Another reason why I love rainy days, is that rain can sometimes provide excellent photo opportunities for places that are often photographed a little too much.
Ask anyone who has been to Australia’s Uluru when it rains; the entire rock becomes a setting for a giant water fall feature and the effect is magical.
It happens so rarely that many of the avid photographers will do anything to get there if the forecast is rain.
Rainy days are nothing to be afraid of. Rain often makes us seek out alternatively to enjoy the trip, and learn that fun doesn’t always have to be outdoors.
So don’t let that rain ruin your trip! Enjoy!
Do you also enjoy the rain? What are some of your favorite rainy day moments on your travels? Share them with us in the comments below.