In the U.S., the rain rarely kept me inside. I’m not sure if I’m becoming more Brazilian, or just becoming lazy (NOT saying Brazilians are lazy), but here the rain deters me from venturing outdoors. I almost kept my daughter home from school this morning (I mean, she’s 4, rain is a good excuse when you are only 4-years-old, right?) But she had already missed on Friday because she had a “fever” (her own diagnosis, she was really just tired) and yesterday because we were headed back from Rio. The school has been getting a little peeved.
However, it is expected and accepted that people flake in the rain here. If you happen to be holding a lunch or event on a rainy day, you will most likely be sitting alone, especially if it involves Brazilians. If your child’s birthday party unfortunately falls on a wet day, expect 50% less guests.
There are a number of reasons for this behavior in Sao Paulo. First and foremost, the rain makes the traffic all the more
horrendous troublesome. In my case, I live in a neighborhood with a big, long, wide hill, of which I am located at the bottom. On a day like today, the water flow can get to frightening levels. I’ve seen it hit people’s knees.
On the positive side, it allegedly washes away the pollution… but to where?
So all unnecessary trips out have been cancelled. It’s officially a rain day.