Posts Tagged ‘lluvia’

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[ˈʎuβ̞ja]

October 28, 2011

I know, by now you’re probably saying, “enough with those funny symbols, already!”. But this word (“lluvia”, the Spanish word for “rain”) is so fun to transcribe that I couldn’t help it!

So I said earlier that I wasn’t going to talk about the weather because it’s the “composition of lame conversation”… but hey, I’m a woman, and that was a couple days ago, so I’m allowed to change my mind.

When I was packing all of my things to come here, I read on the recommended packing list: rain boots and rain coat. And I thought… hey, I live most of the year on the North Shore, Massachusetts, I don’t need any of that. It doesn’t rain in Barcelona. And, for most of my first month or two here, my thoughts were correct. But, here, when it rains, it pours. Literally. The first time I encountered Barcelona rainfall was–unfortunately–during La Mercè. It rained off and on all day on Saturday, and then it poured Saturday night. That meant that they canceled a ton of stuff, and we got a bit wet. But it ended up working out okay… I borrowed a friend’s umbrella, the rain stopped after a couple of minutes, and we accidentally stumbled upon an awesome jazz concert!

The rain doesn’t always have such fortunate results, however. Take earlier this week for example.  My housemate Alain and I wanted to take a walk around the city, but it was POURING down rain. That didn’t stop us from taking a walk; we just got really wet. And then yesterday, after class, I thought, ‘Oh, it’s only a ten minute walk home, and I have an umbrella, so it’s unnecessary to take the metro two stops to avoid the rain.’ About a minute after that decision, I was soaking wet and regretting it.

But all unfortunate things can be positive if you put the right spin on them. I always like to look at negative situations as adventures. And yesterday, I enjoyed a delicious cup of tea after I dried off. I bought some Kusmi Tea when I was in Paris, and I needed a rainy day to try it out. So even unfortunate rainy events can be good things! 🙂

Mmmmm. 🙂

Although I hope there won’t be too many more rainy days here, I’ll take everything as it comes. I’m fortunate, however, that in general Barcelona has beautiful weather all year long.

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