There are two seasons here, the dry season or summer, and the rainy season or green season. The dry season begins in December and goes to sometime in April. It rarely rains and some days are very windy. The temperature goes higher but there is less humidity, grass gets brown and crunchy, and brush fires are common. There are different flowers and fruits which are interesting but by March it is really hot and I am eagerly looking forward to the return of the rains.
We are now back into the rainy season. Some people unfamiliar with this climate are afraid that it rains constantly, but that is not the case at all. Mornings are beautiful so you try to do any outdoor activities then. It starts to cloud up in the afternoon and most days by mid to late afternoon it will rain, sometimes raining so hard it seems like the skies are dumping all their contents on the earth. It doesn’t last long though, usually an hour or two. By dusk it is finished, and it is unusual for it to rain into the night. After the rain everything is cooled off and evenings are wonderful.
I like the rainy season the best. Everything turns lush and green and it’s so beautiful. Today I had a fairly free day so I decided to go biking up into the hills where I hadn’t been since it started raining again. This is one of my favorite areas and though it was beautiful in summer, now it is green again and it’s gorgeous! This is a route that goes northwest of David, and it’s mostly pastures of cows with the hills and mountains behind them.
Sometimes I do a big loop around and come back into town through some more populated areas and crazy downhills. Today though, I just rode up through my favorite parts and turned around and came back down the way I came, carrying an 8 lb guanabana I found for sale up there. My friends are going to be happy. Maybe tomorrow I should go the other direction towards the beach and see if the sugar cane is taller.