Flushed Out!

This was the first day since we've been in Bangkok where we had the heaviest rainfall I've ever seen! It started at 12:00 and did not let up until 14:00. So 12:00 is when my German classes finished and a classmate offered me a lift. She dropped me off on a street corner at 12:30, from where I would normally take less than 5 minutes to walk to our apartment. Instead, I stood on the side of the road for a little over an hour and a half.

Sukhumvit turned into a river

Sukhumvit turned into a river

I didn't mind too much waiting for the rain to ease up as it was really pouring down and the rains usually pass after 30 minutes or so. What I did mind were the massive cockroaches and rats that emerged from the drains!! The rats ran all over the place trying to find dry ground which left poor shopkeepers busy chasing them away with brooms. Other than screeching and jumping around the vermin, people were also stomping on cockroaches! And those cockroaches that weren't stomped on crept up the trouser legs of most of the men! A guy had one go down his shirt collar! I had shorts on and nervously kept an eye that cockroaches weren't running up my legs! Luckily, it seems that cockroaches have an easier time catching on to trouser hems. Ugh!

Clockwise from top left: one of the many wet rats, busy tuktuks, hardcore bikers, water level, street vendor, making waves, another rat friend, my fellow shelter-seekers. Centre: the scooter just managed

Clockwise from top left: one of the many wet rats, busy tuktuks, hardcore bikers, water level, street vendor, making waves, another rat friend, my fellow shelter-seekers. Centre: the scooter just managed

I eventually decided to make a move when the rain subsided a little as I had had enough of avoiding cockroaches and rats. Unfortunately the roads were still heavily flooded so I took off my sneakers, left on my socks and waded through the water to cross the road. The water almost reached my knees! I'm so glad I didn't step on anything gross or dangerous and made it home safe and sound. What fun!