A summer flood

The weather can change suddenly at this time of year. I drove into Ronda, braving it in the summer time in order to visit our fridge repair man and see if a vital part had arrived. The traffic was gridlocked thanks to tourist buses and rental cars. Then a tormenta, a thunderstorm, arrived without warning and all hell broke loose.

[photo: timetowakeupnews.wordpress.com]

[photo: timetowakeupnews.wordpress.com]

The Spaniards around here notoriously don’t like driving in the rain, preferring to stay at home rather than drive through storms that UK drivers negotiate as a matter of routine on British motorways. The Spaniards view driving in the rain much as the English approach driving in the snow: don’t.

The flash floods cut through the olive groves, the murky water cutting deep channels, and Spanish roads are not designed with flooding in mind. I took the main road route home from Ronda, rather than my usual cross-country route but I still came unstuck. The first road I tried was closed by a tide of brown fast-moving water cutting straight across the tarmac. At the next road I was waved back by another driver, so I did a u-turn, returned to the main road and set off in a circuitous route. Thankfully the third route I tried was navigable and the track to our house through the olive grove was, although slippery, manageable. By now the tormenta was long gone, the sky a brilliant blue, and the earth steaming.

raindrops on geranium 1-6-14 (2)The house looked a little worse for wear. Everything was drenched. The rain had come without warning so water had blown in the kitchen door, in through open windows, the terrace was slicked with a thin layer of mud and the sunbed cushions sopping. The delights of Spain in August. A few hours later, everything was dry again and it was as if the tormenta had never happened.

5 to remember
de repente – suddenly
el técnico –  repair man
esencial – vital
una pieza – a part [of a machine]
la rutina – routine

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