|Calm after the Storm|
That gorgeous sight is exactly what you get after a torrential downpour hits the island of Boracay. We have experienced this a few times now, during our first visit in 2010 and again on this second visit. We’d be lying on the beach, soaking up the sun. A few clouds would cover the sun every now and again, but it is still hot so no one moves. And then, with no warning at all, the sky goes dark and the clouds burst! Sometimes you’ll be in the water and have to sprint back to your beach chair to make sure your bags are under the umbrella. It’s no exaggeration that when it rains on Boracay, you could possibly get washed away.
One afternoon, we were enjoying a beer while Elijah took his afternoon nap, wrapped in a towel, on my lap. The sun had disappeared for a while, so the hotel staff removed some of the umbrellas. It seemed so much more free to have no umbrella. The problem was that we didn’t anticipate a downpour, and when it hit, we had nothing to find shelter under while we gathered our stuff. Within a few seconds we were drenched as we quickly tried to stuff our bags with all of our belongs, cover the baby, and then get to the covered outdoor restaurant area of the hotel closest to us. Many of us waited undercover, while others ran back to the sea to swim in the rain. The downpour lasted for about 20 minutes and then suddenly stopped. Since all the beach chairs were soaked, we took a strolled along White Beach to admire another absolutely gorgeous sunset.
That’s the thing about afternoon showers on Boracay, they result in immaculate sunset colours. Although the ordinary sunsets are pretty amazing, the ones that follow the showers are nothing less than heavenly. These pictures don’t do them justice!
|Waiting for the rain to stop|