When we arrived in Bangkok, it was still the middle of summer in the U.S., with a raging heat wave going on. And for the months thereafter, that type of weather has continued for us. The only difference between the summer weather in the U.S. and here was the rain; the rainy season started only days after our arrival. There would be a downpour (one to three inches of rain) almost every afternoon or evening for about 30 to 60 minutes. In September, the rainy season really got underway; it would rain every day. In October, it would sometimes rain for days at a time. Between the heat, the humidity, and the rain, we got used to being wet all the time, from either sweat or rainwater.
|Orchids are in full bloom in our yard.|
But the Thai kids at school are bundling up, with long pants and sweaters. Our doctor told us to get flu shots to prepare for the upcoming winter season and "cold" weather (with an average of 25 degrees Celsius, or 77 degrees Fahrenheit). I actually saw a woman in a down parka the other day! The trees in our yard are actually shedding their leaves, but the leaves on the trees are as green as ever and flowers continue to bloom. It's the Thai version of fall.
|Has fall arrived in Thailand?|
To mark seasonal changes now, we have to artificially re-create the ambiance and events surrounding the different seasons. It will certainly be interesting to see what it will be like come the holiday season, with Thanksgiving and Christmas, two major holidays in the U.S. I already miss with all my heart all the festivities and events that come with this time of the year, and everything will look and feel so different this year. Even so, while part of me wishes we could carry on with our usual holiday traditions, another part of me also is anticipating this holiday season with curiosity and wonder. It will be my first time celebrating traditionally American holidays in Asia and in a tropical region, and there's a part of me that can't wait to see what these celebrations (if any) will look like.
|One of our trees abloom with flowers.|