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How to Enjoy Summer Rain in London

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Published August 20th 2012
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This is a very important lesson to learn, particularly if you live in rainy climes.

In three simple steps you will go from the umbrella grasping, running haphazardly for cover, rain hating chump to somebody who will be resplendent in the knowledge that rain is forecasted for the next few decades.

Step 1:

No, it's not 'join a group'- like so many other How-To's.
Rather to actually go out in it, I suggest the amazing Alexandra Palace Park (in North London- nearest tube Wood Green) as there are still lots of sheltered spots such as The Grove Café and The Palace itself. Yet it is ultimately outside- outside where it is raining.

Step 2:

Take an umbrella- a lightweight one; I own a beauty- a black and white spotty brolly by totes. However for rain loving novices I would suggest a brightly coloured light weight umbrella to help see the rain as an up-beat thing.

With the umbrella in a handy pocket or bag start your journey at the top of Alexandra Park, next to the Palace and enjoy the view of the entire city and as it starts to rain, view it as an experience of London in all its glory. Rather than viewing the rain in a negative light after all rain is what keeps the Earth turning (metaphorically- scientifically I know there's a lot more to it.)

Step 3: (warning- only for those who are truly ready)

Put the umbrella down. Feel the rain drop slowly from the heavens into your hair, onto your skin and feel a sense of belonging. This is where the true appreciation of rain comes from.

I will always love the rain; it's so nice to hear through the umbrella YET through a window of a café is so much nicer. I didn't even mind shivering through this lesson. Well not much.
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