It's one of those unexpected things that happen when you flee a wet place like Amsterdam in search of a sunny place like Gozo. After a while, you actually start to appreciate the rain again.
The hot, dry summer is followed by sporadic rains that begin sometime in September or October. Here in Qala, the first rain of the autumn floods the streets, flowing down to the sea from our higher neighbouring village of Nadur. It's exciting! The water speeding down turns the slow, relaxed pace of Gozo on its head for a moment. Kids head out for the streets while pub guests peer out the windows in awe of the village-turned-river.
This year, there wasn't as much rainfall (actually only about half) as there normally is in the autumn and spring. On one hand, the drought meant that residents and tourists alike could enjoy dryer days, but on the other hand it meant that the there was less green and farmers struggled to keep their fields irrigated. Needless to say, it hasn't been a very bountiful season for local crops this year. That's one very good reason to appreciate the rain.
But there's also another reason why I'm grateful for the rain. Today, there was no sun calling us out to kayak or swim or hike. We could stay in and reflect. We had some time to think about all of the exciting changes that have been going on for us this year. All our efforts into opening up this business and all the thrills of giving our first kayaking tours and meeting people from all around the world!
So we'd like to take a moment to thank you. Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement in getting Kayak Gozo up and running! We'd like to share some photos of a few of the first groups we've taken out on the water this year (on sunnier days!). We're looking forward to a wonderful summer season and are glad to have this rainy reminder to take sit back, relax and take it all in!