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Impeccable Timing

A white Christmas in Tirana? Not likely.  A rainy one, probable.

A couple of nights ago, we had a monster rainstorm with scads of lightning and thunder, which we enjoyed from the comfort of our apartment. 

Other people, with places to be, were not so fortunate.

The last photo was taken during lightning flash...

The next day, we wanted to take the cable car up the mountain, so we called Vlad the Taximan and he took us there forthwith. Only to discover that the nifty electric show had knocked out the power.

Great timing on our part.

It doesn't end there for me, though. I've been sick. Part of it is fatigue and the city pollution, but thought I might feel better if I went outside for a bit. Julien had forgotten his external hard drive at the house, providing me with the perfect reason to go out.  It was drizzling, but nothing major. I knew it was likely to rain, so I took the umbrella and was wearing S instead of having her in the stroller.  I'd gone halfway--in other words far enough to make it pointless to go back--when hailstones starting pelting us, ricocheting off the pavement and walls.  And of course the rain really began coming down in earnest.  My pants were soaked to my knees by time we arrived at the embassy.  S was as snug as a bug and didn't mind at all. She, naturally, thought the hail très interessant.     


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 19th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Hail is cool when you're snug as a bug. :p
Dec. 21st, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
*nods* and when you don't have crops in the ground or property to worry about...
Dec. 19th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Why is that lady wearing such a short skirt? Isn't she freezing?!

Dec. 21st, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
*lol* Actually the temperatures are quite mild. That being said, would it shock you to know that her skirt is actually very modest compared to some of them you see here in Albania. If you didn't know better, you'd think there where lots and lots of ladies of ill-repute strolling about.
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Amazing the difference that a zillion-watt flash of lightning makes to the photo!

So sorry you got pelted by hail. I'm imagining S grinning with delight at all the bouncing ice pellets, as meanwhile you're getting soaked....
Dec. 21st, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Hehe. The hail wasn't that big, so it was more the inconvenience of the added rain soaking my pants and boots. I learned that my boots are far from waterproof. Good to know. :P

And yeah, S's delight makes so many things more interesting and bearable, if not downright fun.
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