I don’t think I’ve gone on a trip where it hasn’t rained at least once. And although I always pack a sturdy umbrella, I don’t carry it with me every day. And of course when I don’t have it, it inevitably rains. What to do?
I’ve bought umbrellas from people who appear out of nowhere with boxes of them after it starts raining. Let’s just say these umbrellas are flimsy: one puff of wind and they turn inside out! Next I go into a souvenir shop and buy another umbrella. But before I’ve walked a block the wind will blow that one inside out, too. So it’s on to another plan.
This time I go into a souvenir shop and buy a plastic poncho. One with a hood. These aren’t particularly attractive, but it doesn’t matter because it keeps me from getting wetter! As a result I have quite a collection of ponchos from trips. My favorite is the one I bought outside Edinburgh Castle that came with a carrying case. I still use it.
The good thing about buying ponchos is that as soon as I buy one, the rain seems to stop. Then I take it off, fold it up, and resume my sightseeing. So my new plan (when I don’t have my umbrella handy) is to buy a poncho right away, because it’s sure to bring the sun back a lot sooner.