비가 오다 (biga oda)
Rain is coming.
This phrase is very suitable. Why? Because the way it rains here. The rain starts with the slightest smattering, almost like that of an ominous warning signal shouting, “You have 15 minutes before the sky let’s loose!” Then, as if on cue, the downpour sweeps in, almost teasingly. Best hope you have your umbrella with you, because when they sky decided to let it go, it does with no remorse. You’ll be drenched in a matter of seconds.
Currently we are at the tail end of rainy season, but the rain doesn’t just give up and go back to the sea. No, it likes to take its time. And tease. Since I have been here, the rain has seemingly had a system. If the rain comes early in the day, expect it to come in short spurts. It will rain for a few minutes and then peter off to sprinkles. Then, after an hour of no rain, the rain will come again for another short bout. The rain is coming. All day it does this as if someone is pulling the lever to a garden hose stationed right above us. I find it quite amusing.
Now, on the other hand, if the rain comes later in the day you should expect it to be harder with a longer, harder downpour. This time, if you are caught without your trusty umbrella it is best to run inside the nearest G-25 or 7-11, grab yourself a snack, and wait it out. Otherwise you will find yourself soaked to the bones. Trust me.
Now, in Sinchon we don’t have to worry as much about flooding as other areas of the country, but if you are going to be out for a day during rainy season, it’s best to keep your eye on the weather or bring your little umbrella. If you didn’t bring your umbrella along, 걱정하지 마세요 (don’t worry). Almost every convenience store sells umbrellas for around 4000₩ (~$4 USD).
비가 오다. The rain is coming.