Out of the last six days, it has rained solid four of those days. Today there was also a lot of wind and I hoped my umbrella wouldn't give out. I was at ASB, volunteering at the school library for a few hours. I kept looking out the window, not excited to go find a taxi in the weather. At 3:30, I begrudgingly turned in my visitor's pass (they are starting to recognize me!!) and splashed/ waded my way down the road to where some taxis are usually waiting. The wind was blowing so heard that I had the umbrella tilted forward, trying to keep some part of myself dry, and checking where I was headed every so often so I wouldn't run into something. There were only a couple taxis. The first one shook his head "no" when I told him where I wanted to go. Urrrrgh. The second one thought and then said 400 rs!! (It's usually a 70 rs rid). I told him no way and started to walk away. He asked how much. I told him how much it usually was and I'd give him 100 rs. He said no, as I walked away he tried to get me to come back. My thought, "Jerk, are you crazy! You want to bargain while you're staying dry and I'm getting more and more drenched!" Screw the taxis! I was already wet, so I flagged down a rickshaw, who gladly drove me home. The water parted like a boat in front of the rickshaw's single wheel, while other waves came crashing in as cars passed us. I started laughing, which made the driver chuckle. I consoled myself with the fact that it was warm and I'd be home soon to change clothes. At least my shoes were clean from dirt, though who knows what lovely microbes are crawling all over my skin now. One more month of this!
Greg's birthday adventure to Elephanta Island was cancelled for another time because of the rain yesterday. Instead we met out with others for a nice breakfast and I rented two movies for the day. At least I 'm getting a massage tomorrow night!